military law, disposition of the property to the NOK requires notification to local authorities
responsible for the disposition of nonmilitary psychotic patients prior to the disposition.
(2) On the day of departure of the patient, the custodian makes and signs an
inventory in duplicate of the patient's funds and valuables on deposit in the patient trust
fund. A check for any money on deposit is drawn payable to the appropriate individual
assuming custody. The check will have plainly written on the face thereon "Credit Account
of (Name of patient)."
(3) The check and a copy of the inventory listing the patient's valuables, together
with the valuables, are turned over to the individual assuming custody and the individual's
signature is secured on one copy of the inventory for the records of the PTF. When funds
and valuables of the patient cannot be turned over directly to the individual assuming
custody, the funds and valuables are forwarded to the individual assuming custody of the
patient in the manner described in the following paragraphs.
g. Deposits Remaining After Disposition or Transfer of Patients. Usually, the
patient withdraws funds and valuables on deposit with the PTF prior to departure from the
hospital. Funds and valuables remaining on deposit after the departure of a patient are
disposed of as follows:
(1) Forwarding address known. A check is drawn to the order of the patient for the
funds left on deposit. The check and a letter of transmittal is forwarded to the patient at his
new address within one working day after the patient's departure. A copy of the letter of
transmittal is filed with PTF records. Valuables are sent by first class registered mail,
return receipt requested. When valuables are forwarded, two additional copies of the
inventory are included with the letter of transmittal with a request that one copy of the
inventory be receipted and returned. Receipts and a copy of the transmittal letter are filed
with PTF records.
(2) Forwarding address unknown. A letter requesting the current address of the
former patient is prepared, to include a detailed report of all pertinent circumstances, and
forwarded to the Commander, US Army Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center, ATTN:
PCRE-FM, Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN 46249, for enlisted personnel and to HQDA
(DAPC-PSR-SR), 200 Stovall Street, Alexandria, VA 22332, for officer personnel. Upon
receipt of the necessary information, the funds and valuables are processed in
accordance with paragraph (1) above. If this correspondence fails to locate the service
member, an attempt to locate the NOK through the Veterans Administration or the Red
Cross is made. If the individual cannot be located, the monies left on deposit are
deposited with the local finance and accounting officer in the manner prescribed for
outstanding checks covered in a later paragraph. DOD 4160.21-M provides disposition
instructions for valuables.