2012 Legislative Update

The 2012 Legislative Session began January 4. Below are some of the bills that the department is tracking.

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

Senate Bills
SB 449 Rupp Requires DMH to develop plan to transition residents of Hab Centers into the community and implement plans by 2019.
SB 481 Stouffer Tax credit for donations to programs serving persons with developmental disabilities.
SB 500 Wright-Jones Modifies state legal expense coverage of certain health professionals and modifies hospital patient safety policies
SB 518 Engler Relating to DOC mental health assessment pilot program
SB 511 Schaaf Provides that no amendments shall be made to the Missouri State Medicaid Plan without first obtaining approval from the Joint Committee on MO HealthNet
SB 718 Stouffer Modifies provisions relating to the Department of Mental Health Employment Disqualification Registry
SB 809 Lamping Adds an individual with mental disabilities to the list of people who must be afforded the same rights as those without disabilities in public places and the right to be accompanied by a service dog
SB 858 Schaaf Allows APRNs in collaborative practice with a licensed physician to approve seclusion or restraint of patients at DMH facilities.
SB 872 Justus Changes definition of crimes
     
House Bills
HB 1077 Wyatt Requires DMH to develop plan to transition residents of Hab Centers into the community and implement plans by 2019.
HB 1082 Wells Allows Licensed Professional Counselors to diagnose mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
HB 1110 Barnes Authorizes veterans treatment courts for cases involving substance abuse or mental illness of military veterans or current military personnel.
HB 1172 Franz Tax credit for donations to programs serving persons with developmental disabilities.
HB 1318 Riddle Limits the hours that certain DMH facility employees can work in a 24-hour period.
HB 1322 Black Relating to DOC mental health assessment pilot program
HB 1436 Newman Adds an individual with mental disabilities to the list of people who must be afforded the same rights as those without disablities in public places and the right to be accompanied by a service dog
HB 1456 Black Relating to DOC mental health assessment pilot program
HB 1583 Carter Grants authority to juvenile court to order psychiatric evaluations and admittance of juveniles to mental health facility.
HB 1608 McNary Eliminates unfunded or unused state programs
HB 1663 Kirkton Authorizes advanced practice registered nurses in a collaborative practice arrangement with a licensed physician to determine whether restraint of a patient in a mental health facility is necessary.
HB 1700 Schad Revises sex offender registry process
HB 1794 Grisamore Clarifies the definition of "employment" as it relates to employment security laws regarding in-home or community-based services for clients of a county board for developmental disability services
HB 1887 Grisamore Prohibits a sheltered workshop's board of directors from holding in reserve any general operating moneys in excess of one year's estimated annual general operating costs with certain specified exceptions.
HB 1888 Grisamore Establishes the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities within the Office of Administration to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities and developmentally disabled persons
HB 1902 Grisamore Establishes provisions relating to the procurement of goods and services by state agencies with persons having significant mental or physical disabilities
HB 1907 C. Jones Changes various provisions regarding vulnerable persons
HB 1987 Leara Establishes requirements for parental consent for mental health screening of youth in schools and requires standards for use of psychotropic medications by DSS.

Dates of Interest, 2012 Session

January 4 - Session Begins at Noon

January 16 - Martin Luther King Holiday NO SESSION

March 8 - Spring Break begins upon adjournment

March 19 - Spring Break ends Session convenes at 4 p.m.

April 9 - Easter Break NO SESSION

April 10 - Session convenes at 2 p.m.

May 11 - Appropriations bills must be TAFP

May 18 - Session Ends at 6 p.m.

September 12 - Veto Session

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