2016 Legislative Updates

The 2016 Legislative Session began January 6. 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
SJR 29 Holsman Creates a right to access medical marijuana.
SCR 49 Nasheed Designates May as Mental Health Awareness Month.
SCR 50 Nasheed Designates the month of September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
SCR 60 Curls Urges a commitment to equal rights for people with cognitive disabilities to access technology and information.
SB 607 Sater Requires the Department of Social Services to contract with a third party to verify eligibility for public assistance programs.
SB 608 Sater Authorizes certain MO HealthNet health care provider fees.
SB 627 Nasheed Requires each public institution of higher education to develop and implement a policy to advise students and staff on available suicide prevention programs.
SB 646 Schupp Requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop training guidelines and school districts to adopt a policy for youth suicide awareness and prevention education.
SB 688 Romine Establishes the Joint Committee on Public Assistance.
SB 724 Nasheed Prohibits employers from inquiring into or considering the criminal records of applicants before offering a conditional offer of employment.
SB 761 Chappell-Nadal Exempts marijuana from certain forfeiture provisions relating to controlled substances.
SB 762 Chappell-Nadal Allows a person to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and provides a licensure process for retail marijuana stores, cultivation facilities, and products manufacturers.
SB 768 Schaaf Establishes a Prescription Drug Monitoring Act.
SB 813 Brown Allows pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to sell and dispense opioid antagonists
SB 854 Brown Establishes the Joint Committee on Public Assistance.
SB 895 Hegeman Modifies provisions relating to tax increment financing, emergency service providers, and board members of fire protection and ambulance districts.
SB 986 Brown Authorizes the conveyance of certain state properties.
SB 1055 Riddle Authorizes legal counsel for the Department of Mental Health to have standing in certain hearings involving a person unable to stand trial due to lack of mental fitness.
SB 1056 Riddle Allows physician assistants to determine the necessity of physical or chemical restraint of a patient in a mental health facility or program.
SB 1076 Parson Modifies certificate of need requirements for long-term care facilities.
SB 1080 Schaefer Extends the sunset on certain healthcare provider reimbursement allowance taxes
SB 1083 Wallingford Modifies procedures in guardianship proceedings for incapacitated persons
SB 1084 Pearce Establishes an Early Learning Quality Assurance Report pilot program
SB 1133 Sifton Prohibits discrimination between certain types of mental health professionals

House Bills

Bill Number Sponsor Description
HJR 57 Ellington Proposes a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for persons 21 years of age or older.
HB 1368 Hubrecht Committee to examine schools for severely disabled.
HB 1428 Sommer Revises the definition of "service dog" to include animals that provide support or therapeutic functions for individuals with psychiatric or mental disabilities.
HB 1432 Vescovo Requires a hearing to be held within 30 days if a state employee is placed on administrative leave.
HB 1512 Ellington Specifies that a person applying for state employment, public assistance, or state housing assistance cannot be required to disclose any prior nonviolent felony plea or conviction with certain exceptions.
HB 1524 Ellington Allows marijuana convictions to be expunged for certain persons contingent upon the passage of a constitutional amendment or other statutory enactment legalizing marijuana.
HB 1534 Flanigan Extends the expiration date on various federal reimbursement allowances for two years.
HB 1537 Adams Establishes the Missouri Universal Health Assurance Program to provide a publicly financed, statewide insurance program for all residents of the state.
HB 1545 Fitzwater Prohibits the MO HealthNet Division from discriminating between a licensed marital therapist and family therapist and a licensed professional counselor when establishing rules for payment of services.
HB 1546 Lauer Establishes policies and training for youth suicide awareness and prevention in schools.
HB 1565 Engler Raises the MO HealthNet asset limits for disabled persons.
HB 1568 Lynch Allows physicians to prescribe naloxone to any individual to administer, in good faith, to another individual suffering from an opiate-induced drug overdose.
HB 1569 Lynch Provides certain immunities for persons who seek medical assistance for a drug or alcohol overdose.
HB 1570 Lynch Authorizes a $5 surcharge for drug-related offense cases to fund drug rehabilitative programs.
HB 1619 McCaherty Establishes a two-year statute of limitations for actions against a mental health professional for malpractice, negligence, error, or mistake.
HB 1620 Kelley Modifies provisions relating to family law proceedings.
HB 1656 Dunn Requires training in suicide awareness and prevention for public school teachers.
HB 1658 Frederick Establishes the Show-Me Compassionate Medical Education Act.
HB 1753 Bahr Allows structured family caregiving as a covered service under MO HealthNet, subject to the approval of federal waivers.
HB 1789 Rone Changes the laws regarding public administrators to require the county to provide a staff if the public administrator handles at least fifty cases.
HB 1831 McGaugh Allows for the inclusion of respite in the orders for the management of the estate of protectees and dependents for purposes of guardianships.
HB 1869 Kratky Specifies that any person who causes substantial physical injury or death to a service dog must be ordered to fully compensate for the injury, loss, or replacement of the service dog.
HB 1892 Rehder Establishes the Narcotics Control Act.
HB 1923 Barnes Changes the laws regarding the provision of telehealth services.
HB 2090 Chipman Specifies that public administrators shall not be required to disclose their personal financial information in order to serve as guardian or conservator.
HB 2128 Hurst Abolishes the doctrine of adverse possession in Missouri.
HB 2135 Rhoads Modifies provisions relating to emergency medical services.
HB 2207 Curtis Changes the laws regarding youth.
HB 2309 Green Changes the laws regarding notice requirements for when a patient is admitted to a mental health facility.
HB 2365 Rhoads Prohibits a peer support group counselor from testifying as to any confidential communication properly entrusted to the counselor by law enforcement personnel while receiving counseling
HB 2407 Allen Transfers and restructures the duties and powers of the Department of Health and Senior Services to the Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health and Health, and the Department of MO Healthnet.
HB 2413 Hill Requires any physician who chooses to report a patient's unstable mental capacity to possess a firearm to the federal government to also notify the county sheriff.
HB 2564 Monticello Requires the department of elementary and secondary education to establish a trauma-informed schools pilot program.
HB 2565 Monticello Requires the department of elementary and secondary education to establish a trauma-informed schools initiative.
HB 2566 Pfautsch Establishes the early learning quality assurance report pilot program
HB 2570 Hill Changes the training requirements for child care providers and school teachers and staff regarding identifying signs of possible child abuse.
HB 2580 Rehder Changes the laws regarding the priority of persons to be appointed guardian of an incapacitated person or conservator of a disabled person.
HB 2697 Morris Establishes the Tricia Leann Tharp Act, which requires certain pharmacists to receive two hours of continuing education on suicide prevention
HB 2778 Neely Modifies provisions relating to guardianships within the Probate Code