Behavioral Health

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SB 41 (HB 132) - Health - Mental and Emotional Disorders - Consent (Mental Health Access Initiative) Altering the minimum age, from 16 years to 12 years, at which a minor has the same capacity as an adult to consent to consultation, diagnosis, and certain treatment of a mental or emotional disorder by a health care provider or clinic; and providing that a health care provider may decide to provide certain information to a certain parent, guardian, or custodian under certain provisions of law unless the health care provider believes that the disclosure will lead to harm to the minor or deter the minor from seeking care. SB 41

HB 132

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 743 (5/30)

Second Reading Passed (4/12)
SB 56 (HB 191) - Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Telemedicine Reimbursement - Sunset Termination Repealing the termination provisions for certain provisions of law relating to the eligibility of psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners who provide Assertive Community Treatment or mobile treatment services to Maryland Medical Assistance Program recipients in a home or community-based setting through telemedicine to receive reimbursement for the health care services from the Program. SB 56

HB 191

Maryland Hospital Association- SB 56- Maryland Medical Assistance Program -Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Telemedicine Reimbursement- Letter of Support.pdf (2-10)

HB 191- Maryland Medical Assistance Program -Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Telemedicine Reimbursement- Letter of Support.pdf (2-11)

Hearing canceled (3/20)

Referred Finance (2/17)
SB 168 (HB 209) - Public Health - Maryland Suicide Fatality Review Committee Establishing the Maryland Suicide Fatality Review Committee, also referred to as the State team, to identify and address the factors contributing to suicide deaths and facilitate system changes in the State to prevent suicides; requiring the State team to meet at least quarterly each year, report at least annually to the Governor and the General Assembly, perform certain annual studies, and disseminate certain findings and recommendations to policymakers, health care providers, health care facilities, and the public; etc. SB 168

HB 209

Hearing canceled (3/20)

Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. (12/23)
SB 216 (HB 728) - Criminal Procedure - Committed Persons - Release Proceedings Providing that a certain committed person may file exceptions to a certain report of the Office of Administrative Hearings only if that person appeared at a certain release hearing; altering a provision of law to require a court to hold a certain hearing unless all parties that appeared at a certain prior hearing waive the hearing, rather than requiring the court to hold a certain hearing unless a certain committed person and the State's Attorney waive the hearing; etc. SB 216

HB 728

Hearing 2/04 at 11:00 a.m. (12/28)

Hearing 2/16 at 1:30 p.m. (1/26)
SB 279 (HB 396) - Public Health - Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program Authorizing the establishment of an Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program by a community-based organization to provide a place for the consumption of preobtained drugs, provide sterile needles, administer first aid, and provide certain other services; providing that the Maryland Department of Health may approve not more than six programs, with two in urban areas, two in suburban areas, and two in rural areas, that operate at a single location in an area with a high incidence of drug use; etc. SB 279

HB 396

Hearing 1/26 at 1:00 p.m. (12/23)

Hearing 3/11 at 1:30 p.m. (2/16)
SB 286 (HB 108) - Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services - Modifications Altering the proposals the Maryland Department of Health is required to prioritize in awarding grants under the Behavioral Health Crisis Response Grant Program; requiring a local behavioral health authority to make certain information available to the public; requiring the Governor to include in the annual operating budget appropriations of $5,000,000 in each of fiscal years 2023 through 2025; requiring, beginning in fiscal year 2023, that at least one-third of the appropriation be used for grants for mobile crisis teams; etc. SB 286

HB 108

SB 286- Behavioral Health Crisis Response Services- Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

HB 108- Crisis Response Services- Letter of Support.pdf (2-11)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 756 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 755 (5/30)
SB 398 (HB 537) - Mental Health Law - Petitions for Emergency Evaluation - Procedures Authorizing, rather than requiring, a certain petitioner for emergency evaluation of an individual to give the petition to a peace officer; repealing the requirement that a peace officer explain certain information to a certain petitioner; requiring a certain petitioner for emergency evaluation to take an emergency evaluee to the nearest emergency facility under certain circumstances; etc. SB 398

HB 537

SB 398- Senate Bill 398 - Mental Health Law - Petitions for Emergency Evaluation - Procedures- Letter of Concern.pdf (2-11)

HB 537- Mental Health Law - Petitions for Emergency Evaluation - Procedures- Letter of Concern.pdf (3-2)

Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m. (1/15)

Hearing 2/16 at 1:30 p.m. (1/29)
SB 466 (HB 689) - Mental Health - Assent to and Certificates for Admission - Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Altering a requirement that assent be given for the voluntary admission of a minor to certain facilities by providing that assent may be given by a physician and a licensed certified social worker-clinical or by a physician and a licensed clinical professional counselor; altering the requirement that a certificate for involuntary admission must be based on the personal examination of a physician and a licensed certified social worker-clinical or by a physician and a licensed clinical professional counselor; etc. SB 466

HB 689

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 476 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 475 (5/30)
SB 469 (HB 598) - Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Applied Behavior Analysis Services - Reimbursement Prohibiting the Maryland Department of Health from conditioning reimbursement of applied behavior analysis services provided to Maryland Medical Assistance Program recipients on the presence or availability of the parent or caregiver of the Program recipient in the setting where the applied behavior analysis services are provided to the Program recipient; providing that a certain provision of the Act does not prohibit the Department from establishing reasonable standards for the involvement of a parent or caregiver; etc. SB 469

HB 598

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 772 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 771 (5/30)
SB 500 (HB 970) - Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact Entering into the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact; stating that the purpose of the Compact is to regulate the practice of telepsychology across state boundaries; establishing certain criteria and duties for compact states; requiring certain psychologists to hold a certain license from a home state and meet certain eligibility requirements to exercise certain authority to practice interjurisdictional telepsychology and certain temporary authority to practice in-person, face-to-face psychology in compact states; etc. SB 500

HB 970

SB 500- Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact- Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

Vetoed by the Governor (Duplicative) (5/28)

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 329 (5/18)
SB 520 (HB 1243) - Behavioral Health Services and Voluntary Placement Agreements - Children and Young Adults - Report Modifications Requiring that the Director of the Behavioral Health Administration's annual report on behavioral health services for children and young adults in the State include certain information relating to outpatient and substance-related disorders program services by children and young adults and behavioral health services provided through telehealth; altering the scope of certain data required to be included in the report; requiring that certain data in the report be grouped by race and ethnicity; etc. SB 520

HB 1243

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 482 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 481 (5/30)
SB 557 (HB 442) - Suicide Treatment Improvements Act Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to provide training for certain staff who assist callers on a certain hotline to ensure that the staff are able to provide counseling for suicidal persons who may be in crisis; requiring certain facilities to ensure that suicidal patients and patients who have attempted suicide are treated in a certain manner; requiring certain facilities to ensure that certain staff act in a certain manner and receive certain training; etc. SB 557

HB 442

SB 557- Suicide Treatment Improvements Act- Letter of Concern.pdf (3-2)

HB 442- Suicide Treatment Improvements Act- Oppose.pdf (2-11)

Withdrawn by Sponsor (3/19)

Withdrawn by Sponsor (3/20)
SB 567 (HB 731) - Telehealth Services - Expansion Altering the health care services the Maryland Medical Assistance Program is required to provide through telehealth; altering the circumstances under which the Program is required to provide health care services through telehealth; altering a provision of law requiring certain insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations to reimburse certain health care services provided through telehealth to require reimbursement to be provided in a certain manner and at a certain rate; etc. SB 567

HB 731

SB 567-Health Care Practitioners - Telehealth Services – Expansion- Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

HB 731-Health Care Practitioners - Telehealth - Out-of-State Health Care Practitioners- Letter of Support.pdf (2-11)

Hearing 2/17 at 1:00 p.m. (1/26)

Hearing 2/10 at 1:30 p.m. (1/27)
SB 568 (HB 732) - Health Care Practitioners - Telehealth - Out-of-State Health Care Practitioners Authorizing an out-of-state health care practitioner to provide telehealth services to a patient located in the State in accordance with certain provisions of the Act; requiring a certain health occupations board to register an out-of-state health care practitioner, under certain circumstances, to provide telehealth services to a patient located in the State; prohibiting an out-of-state health care practitioner who is registered under certain provisions of the Act from taking certain actions; etc. SB 568

HB 732

SB 568-Health Care Practitioners - Telehealth - Out-of-State Health Care Practitioners- Letter of Information.pdf (3-2)

HB 732-Health Care Practitioners - Telehealth - Out-of-State Health Care Practitioners- Letter of Information.pdf (2-11)

Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (3/16)

Hearing 2/10 at 1:30 p.m. (1/27)
SB 646 (HB 1287) - Alcohol and Drug Counseling - Alcohol and Drug Trainees - Practice Through Telehealth Authorizing certain individuals to practice clinical drug and alcohol counseling without a license and drug and alcohol counseling without certification through telehealth if the individuals are working as trainees under the supervision of certain approved supervisors while completing certain experiential or course of study requirements. SB 646

HB 1287

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 797 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 796 (5/30)
SB 719 (HB 812) - 2-1-1 Maryland - Mental Health Services Phone Call Program (The Thomas Bloom Raskin Act) Requiring the Maryland Department of Health, in consultation with 2-1-1 Maryland, to make certain recommendations relating to the establishment of an opt-in mental health services phone call program that would require a center to call individuals who have opted into the mental health services phone call program on a periodic basis and attempt to connect individuals to a provider of mental health services under certain circumstances; authorizing the Governor to include in the annual budget bill an appropriation to carry out the Act; etc. SB 719

HB 812

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 67 (4/13)

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 66 (4/13)
SB 815 (HB 881) - Mental Health Facilities - Sexual Abuse and Harassment - Reporting and Prevention Requiring residential treatment facilities to report complaints of sexual abuse and sexual harassment within 24 hours of receiving the complaint to the Behavioral Health Administration, the Office of Health Care Quality, or in the case of a minor, to Child Protective Services; requiring the Office and the Administration to develop and implement a certain reporting system; requiring facilities to develop and implement policies and procedures for responding to complaints of sexual abuse and harassment of patients receiving treatment; etc. SB 815

HB 881

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 156 (5/18)

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 155 (5/18)
SB 928 (HB 1344) - Mental Health Law - Reform of Laws and Delivery of Service Modifying standards for involuntary admission of individuals with mental disorders to a certain facility or Veterans' Administration hospital to include consideration that it can be reasonably expected, if not hospitalized, a certain individual presents a danger to the life or safety of the individual or to others; modifying certain standards or emergency evaluations of individuals with mental disorders; and requiring the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission to provide certain information to certain schools; etc. SB 928

HB 1344

Rereferred to Finance (3/23)

Withdrawn by Sponsor (3/24)
SB 959 (HB 1366) - Education - Residential Boarding Programs for At-Risk Youth - Expansion Authorizing the State Department of Education to contract with an operator to provide at-risk youth in the State with the opportunity to participate in a program providing a student with the opportunity to attend a multiweek accelerated learning residential boarding education program; requiring the Governor to include in the annual budget bill an amount to cover the transportation, boarding, and other costs associated with the program; requiring the Governor in fiscal years 2023 and beyond to include $4,300,000 in budget for the program; etc. SB 959

HB 1366

First Reading Senate Rules (2/21)

First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations (3/1)
SB 961 (HB 1379) - Consortium on Collective Impact for Student and Family Well-Being - Renaming and Revisions Renaming the Maryland Consortium on Coordinated Community Supports to be the Consortium on Collective Impact for Student and Family Well-Being; requiring the Consortium to dedicate staff to coordinate with behavioral health services coordinators and local education agency staff; altering the duties of behavioral health services coordinators; requiring the Department of Human Services to designate a primary contact for school services; requiring the Governor's Office for Children to provide staff for the Consortium; etc. SB 961

HB 1379

First Reading Senate Rules (2/21)

Referred Rules and Executive Nominations (3/10)
HB 29 - Health - Standards for Involuntary Admissions and Petitions for Emergency Evaluation - Substance Use Disorder Altering certain circumstances to allow a petition for an emergency evaluation to be made for certain individuals who have a substance use disorder; altering a certain exception to allow for the invountary admission of certain individuals who have a substance use disorder to certain facilities or a Veterans' Administration hospital; etc. HB 29

HB 29-Health - Standards for Involuntary Admissions and Petitions for Emergency Evaluation - Substance Use Disorder- Lettert of Concern.pdf (2-11)

Hearing 2/02 at 3:45 p.m. (1/22)
HB 235 - Correctional Services - Pregnant Incarcerated Individuals - Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Requiring that a certain pregnant incarcerated individual be screened for substance use disorder at intake using a validated screening tool; requiring that a certain pregnant incarcerated individual be referred immediately to a behavioral health care provider and a reproductive health care provider for certain purposes; requiring a certain correctional unit to ensure that a pregnant incarcerated individual continues to receive certain medication in a certain manner under certain circumstances; etc. HB 235

Hearing 1/26 at 1:30 p.m. (1/15)
HB 462 - Residential Rehabilitation Programs - Reporting of Critical Incidents Requiring the Secretary of Health to provide the address of a residential rehabilitation program to certain entities at least 14 days before issuing a certain license; requiring the administrative head of a residential rehabilitation program to report a certain critical incident to certain entities 24 hours after receiving certain notification; requiring a certain local behavioral health authority to conduct a certain assessment and evaluation within 14 days after receiving a certain report; etc. HB 462

Withdrawn by Sponsor (2/17)
HB 1125 - Prescription Drug Monitoring Program - Prescribers of Opioids - Notification Requirement Requiring a prescriber to notify the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program as to whether the prescriber has received education regarding the risks of opioid use, is aware that an opioid overdose reversal drug is available, and has prescribed or dispensed an opioid overdose reversal drug if the prescriber prescribes or dispenses an opioid in a dosage of 50 morphine milligram equivalents or more; and prohibiting a prescriber from being required to make a certain notification more than once. HB 1125

Hearing 3/04 at 1:30 p.m. (2/11)