Peer recovery specialists and qualified mental health professionals; registration. (SB1020)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Registration of peer recovery specialists and qualified mental health professionals. Authorizes the registration of peer recovery specialists and qualified mental health professionals by the Board of Counseling. The bill defines "qualified mental health professional" as a person who by education and experience is professionally qualified and registered by the Board of Counseling to provide collaborative mental health services for adults or children. The bill requires that a qualified mental health professional provide such services as an employee or independent contractor of a mental health service provider licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The bill defines "registered peer recovery specialist" as a person who by education and experience is professionally qualified and registered by the Board of Counseling to provide collaborative services to assist individuals in achieving sustained recovery from the effects of addiction or mental illness, or both. The bill requires that a registered peer recovery specialist provide such services as an employee or independent contractor of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, a mental health service provider licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, a practitioner licensed by or holding a permit issued from the Department of Health Professions, or a facility licensed by the Department of Health. The bill adds qualified mental health professionals and registered peer recovery specialists to the list of mental health providers that are required to take actions to protect third parties under certain circumstances and notify clients of their right to report to the Department of Health Professions any unethical, fraudulent, or unprofessional conduct. The bill directs the Board of Counseling and the Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to promulgate regulations to implement the provisions of the bill within 280 days of its enactment. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/04/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101955D
01/04/2017Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/18/2017Impact statement from VDH (SB1020)
01/19/2017Impact statement from VDH (SB1020)
01/26/2017Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2017Committee substitute printed 17104802D-S1
01/27/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2017Impact statement from VDH (SB1020S1)
01/30/2017Read second time
01/30/2017Reading of substitute waived
01/30/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104802D-S1
01/30/2017Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1020S1
01/31/2017Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2017Placed on Calendar
02/03/2017Read first time
02/03/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/14/2017Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2017Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/14/2017Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/15/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
02/15/2017Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2017Read second time
02/20/2017Read third time
02/20/2017Passed House (80-Y 16-N)
02/20/2017VOTE: PASSAGE (80-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2017Enrolled
02/22/2017Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1020ER)
02/22/2017Impact statement from VDH (SB1020ER)
02/22/2017Signed by President
02/22/2017Signed by Speaker
02/23/2017Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/17
02/23/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/13/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 426 (effective 7/1/17)
03/13/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0426)

Video

This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.



Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan): FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. I HOPE YOU WILL NOT PASS THIS BILL.

[Unknown]: MR. SPEAKER. SPEAKING TO THE BILL.

Del. Lee Ware (R-Powhatan): MR. BELL.

[Unknown]: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I DON'T PRETEND TO BE AS ELOQUENT AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM POWHATAN. I CERTAINLY DON'T HAVE THE EXPERIENCE AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM CAROLINE. I'M NOT NEARLY AS COLORFUL AS THE GENTLEMAN FROM MANASSAS WHO SPOKE THE OTHER DAY. BUT I THINK THE PROBLEM HERE IS MUCH OF WHAT THEY SAID, WHILE THEY'RE VERY REAL THINGS, ARE NOT IN THE CONTEXT OF THIS BILL. YES, THERE ARE HORROR STORIES. THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. BUT NOT EVERY SUSPENSION IS TIED TO A HORROR STORY. REPRESENTS OF VEA TOLD US IN COMMITTEE THAT THIS IS A TOOL OVERUSED, AND THEY KNOW IT, AND DON'T THINK FOR ONE MINUTE THERE AREN'T SUPERINTENDENTS AROUND THE STATE WHO DON'T SUPPORT THIS, BECAUSE MANY OF THEM DON'T. MANY WHO ARE TRYING TO ALREADY