HB208 (2017) Detail

Establishing a commission to study current mental health procedures for involuntary commitment.


CHAPTER 162

HB 208 - FINAL VERSION

 

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HOUSE BILL 208

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study current mental health procedures for involuntary commitment.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Snow, Hills. 42; Rep. J. MacKay, Merr. 14; Rep. LeBrun, Hills. 32; Rep. M. MacKay, Hills. 30; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20

 

COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to study current mental health procedures for involuntary commitment.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study current mental health procedures for involuntary commitment.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

162:1  New Section; Commission to Study Current Mental Health Procedures for Involuntary Commitment Established.  Amend RSA 135-C by inserting after section 63-b the following new section:

135-C:63-c  Commission to Study Current Mental Health Procedures for Involuntary Commitment.

I.(a)  There is established a commission to study mental health procedures for involuntary commitment.  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

(1)  Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(2)  One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(3)  The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.

(4)  The commissioner of the department of corrections, or designee.

(5)  The attorney general, or designee.

(6)  The chief executive officer of the New Hampshire hospital, or designee.

(7)  A representative of the New Hampshire Community Behavioral Health Association, appointed by the association.

(8)  A representative of the National Alliance on Mental Illness New Hampshire, appointed by such agency.

(9)  A representative of the New Hampshire Psychiatric Society, appointed by the society.

(10)  The executive director of New Futures, or designee.

(11)  A representative of the Campaign to Change Direction New Hampshire, appointed by the campaign.

(12)  The chief justice of the superior court, or designee.

(13)  The administrative justice of the circuit court, or designee.

(14)  A public member, appointed by the governor.

(15)  A family member of a person who was held in an emergency room awaiting transfer to a designated receiving facility, appointed by the governor.

(16)  An advanced practice registered nurse, appointed by the New Hampshire Nurse Practitioner Association.

(17)  A registered nurse, appointed by the New Hampshire Nurses Association.

(18)  Two representatives of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, one of whom shall be a representative of a community hospital which operates a designated receiving facility, appointed by the association.

(b)  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.

II.(a)  The commission shall study whether the current policies and procedures to insure that the civil rights, due process rights and access to care rights of persons with severe mental illness who are involuntarily committed to the New Hampshire hospital, or another designated receiving facility, are adequate to protect those rights in a timely and effective manner.  Specifically, the commission's study shall include, but not be limited to:

(1)  Considering improvements to the response given to persons civilly committed due to severe mental illness and awaiting transfer from community hospital emergency rooms to designated receiving facilities (DRF) in a timely manner which is consistent with RSA 135-C.

(2)  Considering ways of expanding the availability of DRF inpatient beds in community hospitals for the timely care of involuntarily civilly committed persons.

(3)  Considering the location and other factors regarding the secure psychiatric unit, including the status of New Hampshire hospital patients with the department of corrections when they are transferred to the secure psychiatric unit.

(4)  Exploring the accreditation of the secure psychiatric unit as certified forensic psychiatric hospital.

(5)  Considering alternative inpatient treatment facilities for children and adolescents other than New Hampshire hospital adult unit.

(b)  The commission may solicit information from any person or entity the commission deems relevant to the commission's objective.

III.  The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named house member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Eleven members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

IV.  The commission shall submit an interim report of its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate clerk, the house clerk, the governor, the chair of the oversight committee on health and human services, and the state library on or before November 1, 2017 and shall submit a final report on or before November 1, 2018.

162:2  Repeal.  RSA 135-C:63-c, relative to a commission to study current mental health procedures for involuntary commitment, is repealed.

162:3  Effective Date.  

I.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect November 1, 2018.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

Approved: June 28, 2017

Effective Date:

I. Section 2 effective November 1, 2018

II. Remainder effective June 28, 2017

Links

HB208 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 18, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 1, 2017 House Exec Session
Feb. 15, 2017 House Floor Vote
Feb. 16, 2017 House Floor Vote
March 28, 2017 Senate Hearing
April 6, 2017 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB208 Revision: 266 Date: June 29, 2017, 2:28 p.m.
HB208 Revision: 267 Date: June 1, 2017, 10:40 a.m.
HB208 Revision: 268 Date: April 6, 2017, 1:41 p.m.
HB208 Revision: 269 Date: Feb. 21, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
HB208 Revision: 270 Date: Jan. 30, 2017, 12:10 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 4, 2017 Introduced 01/04/2017 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 2 P. 20
Jan. 18, 2017 Public Hearing: 01/18/2017 02:15 PM LOB 205
Jan. 31, 2017 Subcommittee Work Session: 01/31/2017 09:00 AM LOB 205
Feb. 1, 2017 Executive Session: 02/01/2017 LOB 205
Feb. 15, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0203h for 02/15/2017 (Vote 17-0; CC) HC 11 P. 12
Feb. 15, 2017 Removed from Consent (Rep. Cushing) 02/15/2017 HJ 7 P. 6
Special Order to 2/16/2017 Without Objection HJ 7 P. 57
Feb. 16, 2017 Amendment # 2017-0203h: AA VV 02/16/2017 HJ 8 P. 42
Feb. 16, 2017 Ought to Pass with Amendment 0203h: MA VV 02/16/2017 HJ 8 P. 43
Feb. 16, 2017 Introduced 02/16/2017 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 7
March 28, 2017 Hearing: 03/28/2017, Room 101, LOB, 01:00 pm; SC 16
April 6, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-1220s, 04/06/2017; SC 17
April 6, 2017 Committee Amendment # 2017-1220s, AA, VV; 04/06/2017; SJ 13
April 6, 2017 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-1220s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 04/06/2017; SJ 13
June 1, 2017 House Concurs with Senate Amendment 1220s (Rep. Kotowski): MA VV 06/01/2017 HJ 17 P. 2
June 8, 2017 Enrolled (In recess 06/08/2017); SJ 20
June 8, 2017 Enrolled 06/08/2017 HJ 18 P. 9
June 28, 2017 Signed by Governor Sununu 06/28/2017; Chapter 162; Sec. 2 eff 11/01/18 Rem eff 06/28/17