SB162 (2017) Detail

Establishing a procedure for the annulment of a mental health record.


SB 162  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0305

01/04

 

SENATE BILL 162

 

AN ACT establishing a procedure for the annulment of a mental health record.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Rep. Goley, Hills. 8

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a procedure for the annulment of a mental health record.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0305

01/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT establishing a procedure for the annulment of a mental health record.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Annulment of Mental Health Records.  Amend RSA 135-C by inserting after section 19-a the following new section:

135-C:19-b  Petition for Annulment of Mental Health Record.

I.  A person may file a petition to have his or her mental health record annulled after the following:

(a)  Termination of the appointment of guardianship;

(b)  Expiration of an involuntary treatment order; or

(c)  Expiration of an involuntary commitment order.

II.  The petition shall be filed in the court that ordered the guardianship, involuntary treatment, or commitment.  The petition shall include a copy of the petitioner's release or termination from guardianship, involuntary treatment, admission, or commitment or the denial of the petition and shall be served upon the parties that filed the original petition resulting in the guardianship, involuntary treatment, admission, or commitment order.

III.  The court shall grant the relief requested unless it finds that the respondent has established by clear and convincing evidence that the petitioner is in such a mental condition as a result of mental illness as to create a potentially serious likelihood of danger to himself or others  and that the granting of the relief requested would be contrary to the public interest.

IV.  The evaluation reports, recommendations, medical and mental health records, and all other court documents and records related to any petition filed pursuant to this section shall be kept separately from the public court file and shall be confidential.  The hearing shall be in closed court, unless the petitioner requests otherwise, and shall be recorded.

V.  Any party who is aggrieved by any ruling of the court may appeal de novo to the superior court and thereafter to the supreme court on issues of law.

VI.  After an order granting an annulment pursuant to this section has become final, the court shall, as soon as is practicable, but in no case later than 10 business days thereafter, forward a copy of the order to the department of health and human services and seal any files or records created as a result of this section.

VII.  Upon entry of an order of annulment of a mental health record:

(a)  The person whose record is annulled shall be treated in all respects as if he or she had never been involuntarily treated, committed, or found not competent, or had a guardian appointed on his or her behalf.

(b)  The court records, medical records, and mental health records relating to annulment shall be sealed and available only to the person whose record was annulled, to his or her attorney, and to a subsequent court presiding over a subsequent petition under this section, or as otherwise required by law.

(c)  In any application for employment, license, or other civil right or privilege, or in any appearance as a witness in any proceeding or hearing, a person may be questioned about a previous mental health record only in terms such as “Have you ever been involuntarily treated, committed, or found not competent, or had a guardian appointed on your behalf for any reason that has not been annulled by a court?”

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

SB162 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 14, 2017 Senate Hearing
March 16, 2017 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB162 Revision: 1321 Date: Jan. 24, 2017, 11:57 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 19, 2017 Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 5
Feb. 14, 2017 Hearing: 02/14/2017, Room 100, SH, 10:00 am; SC 10
March 16, 2017 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 03/16/2017; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 14
March 16, 2017 Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 03/16/2017; SJ 9