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§ 7B‑2702.  Medical,surgical, psychiatric, or psychological evaluation or treatment of juvenile orparent.

(a)        If the court ordersmedical, surgical, psychiatric, psychological, or other evaluation or treatmentpursuant to G.S. 7B‑2502, the court may order the parent or otherresponsible parties to pay the cost of the treatment or care ordered.

(b)        At thedispositional hearing or a subsequent hearing, if the court finds that it is inthe best interests of the juvenile for the parent to be directly involved inthe juvenile's evaluation or treatment, the court may order that person toparticipate in medical, psychiatric, psychological, or other evaluation ortreatment of the juvenile. The cost of the evaluation or treatment shall bepaid pursuant to G.S. 7B‑2502.

(c)        At thedispositional hearing or a subsequent hearing, the court may determine whetherthe best interests of the juvenile require that the parent undergo psychiatric,psychological, or other evaluation or treatment or counseling directed towardremedying behaviors or conditions that led to or contributed to the juvenile'sadjudication or to the court's decision to remove custody of the juvenile fromthe parent. If the court finds that the best interests of the juvenile requirethe parent undergo evaluation or treatment, it may order that person to complywith a plan of evaluation or treatment approved by the court or condition legalcustody or physical placement of the juvenile with the parent upon thatperson's compliance with the plan of evaluation or treatment.

(d)        In cases in whichthe court has ordered the parent of the juvenile to comply with or undergoevaluation or treatment, the court may order the parent to pay the cost ofevaluation or treatment ordered pursuant to this subsection. In cases in whichthe court has conditioned legal custody or physical placement of the juvenilewith the parent upon the parent's compliance with a plan of evaluation ortreatment, the court may charge the cost of the evaluation or treatment to thecounty of the juvenile's residence if the court finds the parent is unable topay the cost of the evaluation or treatment. In all other cases, if the courtfinds the parent is unable to pay the cost of the evaluation or treatmentordered pursuant to this subsection, the court may order the parent to receiveevaluation or treatment currently available from the area mental health programthat serves the parent's catchment area. (1979, c. 815, s. 1; 1981, c.469, s. 19; 1983, c. 837, ss. 2, 3; 1985, c. 589, s. 5; c. 777, s. 1; 1985(Reg. Sess., 1986), c. 863, s. 2; 1987, c. 598, s. 2; 1989, c. 218; c. 529, s.7; 1991, c. 636, s. 19(a); 1995, c. 328, s. 2; 1995 (Reg. Sess., 1996), c. 609,ss. 3, 4; 1997‑456, s. 1; 1997‑516, s. 1A; 1998‑202, s. 6;1998‑229, s. 6.)