Hospitals; screening emergency department patients, etc. (SB903)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester) with support from co-patrons Del. Chris Collins (R-Winchester), and Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hospitals; emergency treatment for substance use-related emergencies; services. Requires the Board of Health to amend regulations governing hospitals to require each hospital with an emergency department to establish a protocol for treatment of individuals experiencing a substance use-related emergency to include the completion of appropriate assessments or screenings to identify medical interventions necessary for the treatment of the individual in the emergency department. The protocol may also include a process for patients that are discharged directly from the emergency department for the recommendation of follow-up care following discharge for any identified substance use disorder, depression, or mental health disorder, as appropriate, which may include instructions for distribution of naloxone, referrals to peer recovery specialists and community-based providers of behavioral health services, or referrals for pharmacotherapy for treatment of drug or alcohol dependence or mental health diagnoses. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Presented and ordered printed 20100720D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB903)
01/17/2020Assigned Education sub: Health
01/23/2020Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2020Committee substitute printed 20106163D-S1
01/24/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB903S1)
01/27/2020Read second time
01/27/2020Reading of substitute waived
01/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106163D-S1
01/27/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB903S1
01/28/2020Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/13/2020Assigned HWI sub: Health
02/18/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
02/25/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Read second time
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Passed House (99-Y 0-N)
02/28/2020VOTE: Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB903ER)
03/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB903ER)
03/06/2020Signed by Speaker
03/07/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 942 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0942)

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