2008 Legislative Update

The 2008 Legislative Session ended May 16. Below are some of the bills of interest to the Department of Mental Health. The 2009 session begins in January.

Additional information on legislation as well as members of the General Assembly can be found at the House and Senate web sites:

Senate Bills
Bill Number Sponsor - Description
SB 756 Engler - Changes the name of the division of mental retardation and developmental disabilities to the division of developmental disabilities.
SB 766 Goodman - Criminalizes prenatal drug or alcohol use.
SB 768 Rupp - Creates the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
SB 770 Rupp - Creates the Missouri Scholarship for Students with Developmental Disabilities Program.
SB 799 Days - Enacts Provisions on children's mental health.
SB 880 Green - Modifies laws on mental health facilities and group homes for the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled.
SB 917 Goodman - Creates licensing requirements for prescribing psychologists.
SB 974 Engler- Modifies public safety provisions relating to mental health services.
SB 1010 Nodler - Authorizes the Governor to convey state property in Jasper County to Missouri Southern State University.
SB 1081 Nodler - Modifies provisions regarding quality assurance and safety in the Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Community Programs.
SB 1103 Gibbons - Modifies provisions regarding the Family Care Safety Registry.
SB 1109 Scott - Modifies the scope of practice for licensed professional counselors.
SB 1127 Rupp - Establishes the Office of Autism Services.
SB 1144 Mayer - Changes the name of the State Schools for Severely Handicapped Children to the Missouri Schools for the Severely Disabled.
SB 1157 Green - Authorizes the Governor to convey state property located in the City of St. Louis.
SB 1166 Dempsey - Provides for cost of living increases for Department of Mental Health contracted community providers.
SB 1177 Barnitz - Designates licensed professional counselors as mental health professionals in certain circumstances.
SB 1274 Stouffer - Creates a tax credit for contributions to mentally retarded and developmental type disability care providers.
SB 1275 Vogel - Allows the Director of Revenue to require certain tax returns be filed electronically.
House Bills
Bill Number Sponsor - Description
HB 1408 Deeken - Creates the Funds for the Reduction of Alcohol-related problems and underage drinking.
HB 1488 Donnelly - Changes the laws regarding criminal securities fraud and sets a minimum penalty when it is committed against the elderly or disabled.
HB 1627 Portwood - Renames the Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities within the Department of Mental Health to the Division of Developmental Disabilities.
HB 1739 Moore - Creates licensing requirements for prescribing psychologists.
HB 1750 Lampe - Prohibits the transfer of a mental health patient from one facility to another without the consent of the patient or the patient's parent, legal guardian, or nearest known relative.
HB 1752 Lampe - Requires the development of a quality rating system for child care facilities and early childhood programs.
HB 1753 Lampe - Requires health benefit plans to include coverage for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
HB 1791 Cooper - Defines "licensed professional counselor" for purposes of Chapter 632.
HB 1792 Cooper - Amends laws relating to the licensure of professional counselors.
HB 1795 Pollock - Creates the crime of endangering the welfare of an unborn child and allows for physician referral and documentation to be used in criminal prosecutions.
HB 1890 Moore - Modifies various requirements regarding the provision of comprehensive psychiatric services.
HB 1914 Sater - Modifies various requirements regarding the provision of mental health services.
HB 2032 Young - Renames the Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities within the Department of Mental Health to the Division of Developmental Disabilities.
HB 2075 Grisamore - Creates the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders.
HB 2076 Grisamore - Changes the name of the Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities to the Division of Developmental Disabilities.
HB 2180 Harris - Modifies various provisions regarding the provision of mental health services.
HB 2265 Grisamore - Requires health benefit plans to include coverage for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders.
HB 2268 Portwood - Modifies the requirements for use of the term "Christian Science nurse".
HB 2299 Aull - Requires private mental health facilities and group homes for the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled to meet the same requirements as state-operated facilities.
HB 2304 Lampe - Amends laws relating to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
HB 2348 Oxford - Requires the development of caseload standards for the Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Mental Health.
HB 2351 Page - Requires certain health carriers to provide insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder under certain conditions.
HB 2376 Grisamore - Amends laws relating to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.