211.201. 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 211.151, 211.161 and 211.181, and any other provision of law contrary to this section, the juvenile court may not order that children be detained by, committed to or otherwise placed in the department of mental health for periods longer than thirty days except as provided in sections 211.201 to 211.207.
2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a juvenile court loses jurisdiction of a child committed by it to the department of mental health unless, by the terms of its order committing the child to the department, the court expressly retains jurisdiction of the child.
3. If a child is to be detained beyond his eighteenth birthday in the custody of the department, the child may only be held pursuant to an express court order entered after a hearing within thirty days of the child's eighteenth birthday. The department shall notify the court thirty days before the child's eighteenth birthday that the department shall discharge the child unless the court sets the matter down for a hearing. If the court, on its own motion or motion of any interested party, believes the person should be detained, the court shall give proper notice of the hearing before the child's eighteenth birthday to the director of the department and other parties as required by law.
(L. 1957 p. 642 § 211.220, A.L. 1963 p. 388, A.L. 1979 H.B. 934, A.L. 1980 H.B. 1724)
Missouri General Assembly