2015 Legislative Update

The 2015 Legislative Session began January 7. Below are some of the bills of interest to DMH.

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

Senate Bills

Bill Number Sponsor Description
SB 9 Sen. Schaaf Modifies the duties and powers of the Joint Committee on MO HealthNet.
SB 16 Sen. Dixon Prohibits gubernatorial appointees from serving more than sixty days after the expiration of their term of office.
SB 21 Sen. Chappelle-Nadal Modifies and enacts provisions relating to law enforcement officers.
SB 35 Sen. Wallingford Requires the Department of Social Services to terminate MO HealthNet services when it receives information that a MO HealthNet recipient resides out of state.
SB 51 Sen. Onder Modifies Missouri's Health Care Freedom Act by prohibiting the state from implementing a health insurance exchange, prohibiting insurers from accepting remuneration, and prescribing duties of the Attorney General for enforcement of the act.
SB 58 Sen. Dixon Modifies and repeals a number of existing, expired or obsolete committees.
SB 63 Sen. Sater Establishes a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
SB 90 Sen. LeVota Provides for the expansion of MO HealthNet services beginning on January 1, 2016.
SB 102 Sen. LeVota Modifies the time period for, and contents of, fiscal notes on proposed legislation.
SB 111 Sen. Schaefer Modifies the appointment and employment authority of the University of Missouri Board of Curators.
SB 118 Sen. Brown Requires Mo HealthNet participants to pay an eight dollar copay for the use of emergency room services for the treatment of a nonemergency condition.
SB 145 Sen. Pearce Requires health benefit plans cover diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders.
SB 167 Sen. Schaaf Extends the sunset on certain healthcare provider reimbursement allowance taxes.
SB 174 Sen. Schmitt Establishes the Missouri Achieving a Better Life Experience Program.
SB 210 Sen. Schaefer Extends the sunset on certain healthcare provider reimbursement allowance taxes.
SB 230 Sen. Romine Modifies provisions relating to the MO HealthNet program.
SB 260 Sen. Schaefer Extends the sunset on hospital reimbursement allowance tax to September 30, 2016.
SB 265 Sen. Schaefer Extends the sunset on the intermediate care facility for the intellectually disable reimbursement allowance tax to September 30, 2016.
SB 281 Sen. Silvey Provides reimbursement for behavior assessment and intervention.
SB 287 Sen. Silvey Allows veterans and their spouses and dependent children, as well as spouses and dependent children of deceased veterans, to be eligible for MO HealthNet benefits.
SB 294 Sen. Schaaf Extends the sunset on certain healthcare provider reimbursement allowance taxes and prohibits enforcement of any contractual provision that prevents disclosure of the contractual payment amount for health care services.
SB 295 Sen. Schaaf Raises the Mo HealthNet eligibility income limits for elderly and disabled persons.
SB 301 Sen. Silvey Modifies provisions relating to public assistance and MO HealthNet.
SB 328 Sen. Schupp Requires school districts to adopt a policy on youth suicide awareness and prevention and allows licensed educators to complete annual training.
SB 348 Sen. Schaefer Requires the transfer of excess fund balances to the state general revenue fund.
SB 363 Sen. Parson Creates the Board of Administrative Appeals and provides that a person is entitled a hearing before the Board following a proceeding before a governmental agency.
SB 369 Sen. Pearce Authorizes the Governor to convey certain state properties.
SB 380 Sen. Wieland Establishes a committee to assess the continuation of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Program.
SB 426 Sen. Parson Allows community mental health liaisons to access specified confidential records maintained by specified institutions.
SCR 18 Sen. Schupp Expresses the support of the General Assembly for the practice of Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong.

House Bills

Bill Number Sponsor Description
HB 10 Rep. Flanigan Appropriates money for the expenses, grants, refunds, and distributions of the Department of Mental Health, Board of Public Buildings, and Department of Health and Senior Services.
HB 40 Rep. Pace Requires peace officers to undergo a psychological evaluation every three years.
HB 51 Rep. Walton Gray Establishes the Community Relations Training Program for Peace Officers.
HB 58 Rep. Walton Gray Allows community service in lieu of a fine for certain traffic offenses.
HB 90 Rep. Berry Changes the membership of the Mental Health Commission.
HB 108 Rep. McCaherty Establishes a two-year statute of limitations for actions against a mental health professional for malpractice, negligence, error, or mistake.
HB 130 Rep. Rehder Establishes the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Act.
HB 153 Rep. Gardner Changes the laws regarding eligibility for MO HealthNet benefits.
HB 180 Rep. Cookson Increases the penalty for knowingly allowing a minors to drink or possess alcohol or failing to stop a minor from drinking or possessing alcohol.
HB 262 Rep. Frederick Requires health benefit plans cover diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders.
HB 343 Rep. Lair Establishes a committee to assess the continuation of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Program in order to help disabled or aging individuals transition from nursing facilities to community settings.
HB 364 Rep. Solon Authorizes certain licensed social workers and counselors to provide behavioral health services in the MO HealthNet program.
HB 405 Rep. Gannon Modifies provisions relating to high school equivalency examinations.
HB 474 Rep. Webber Changes the laws regarding eligibility for MO HealthNet benefits.
HB 519 Rep. Vescovo Requires state employers to suspend pay or charge annual or sick leave if employees are placed on administrative leave for more than fifteen days.
HB 604 Rep. Pierson Revises the definition of "consumer" as it relates to personal care assistance services.
HB 631 Rep. Green Changes the laws regarding notice requirements for when a patient is admitted to a mental health facility .
HB 636 Rep. Barnes Creates the Senior Savings Protection Act.
HB 638 Rep. Kelley Changes the laws regarding probate actions involving guardians.
HB 645 Rep. Parkinson Creates the Senior Savings Protection Act.
HB 663 Rep. McNeil Requires the Governor to maintain and regularly update a list of each state board, commission, committee, or council that contains members appointed by the Governor.
HB 681 Rep. Allen Transfers and restructures the duties and powers of the Department of Health and Senior Services into the Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health and Health, and the newly-established Department of MO HealthNet.
HB 684 Rep. Koenig Establishes the Supporting and Strengthening Families Act.
HB 760 Rep. Flanigan Extends the expiration date on various federal reimbursement allowances for three years.
HB 867 Rep. Frederick Establishes an online survey for the screening of medical students for risk of depression and the reporting of the prevalence of at-risk medical students using nonidentifying aggregate totals.
HB 922 Rep. Wood Specifies that certain mental health records may be disclosed to individuals designated by the Department of Mental Health as Community Mental Health Liaisons.
HCR 31 Rep. Kirkton Calls on the United States government to condemn the persecution against Falun Gong and the crime of harvesting organs from practitioners.
HJR 15 Rep. Ellington Proposes a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana use for persons 21 years of age or older.
HJR40 Rep. LaFaver Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to the expansion of the MO HealthNet program.