Behavioral health services; exchange of medical and mental health information and records. (HB1942)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)

Progress

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

Description

Behavioral health services; exchange of medical and mental health information and records; correctional facilities. Authorizes the State Board of Corrections (the Board) to establish minimum standards for behavioral health services, including "forensic discharge planning services" as defined in the bill, in local correctional facilities and procedures for enforcing these standards, with the advice and guidance of the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the State Inspector General. The bill requires the Board, also in conjunction with the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the State Inspector General, to establish a procedure for the conduct of at least one unannounced annual behavioral health services inspection of each local correctional facility by the Board or its agents and allows the Board to authorize such other announced or unannounced inspections as it deems necessary. The bill also provides that the minimum standards shall include regulations directing the sharing of medical and mental health information and records as provided by law and a procedure by which a community services board that provides behavioral health services in the local or regional correctional facility may bill, and the sheriff or superintendent shall pay, for such services. The bill allows the person in charge of a state, regional, or local correctional facility, or his designee, to receive from a health care provider medical and mental health information and records concerning a person committed to such correctional facility, even when such committed person does not provide consent or consent is not readily obtainable, when such information and records are necessary (i) for the provision of health care to the person committed, (ii) to protect the health and safety of the person committed or other residents or staff of the facility, or (iii) to maintain the security and safety of the facility. The bill clarifies that the administrative personnel of a state, regional, or local correctional facility may receive medical and mental health information and records from any health care provider concerning any person committed to such correctional facility as necessary to maintain the safety of the facility, its employees, or other prisoners. Amends § 53.1-133.03, § 53.1-40.10, § 53.1-68, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

01/11/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee

History

DateAction
01/06/2019Committee
01/06/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103028D
01/06/2019Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/11/2019Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #2

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