HB1565 (2018) Detail

(Second New Title) requiring the secure psychiatric unit to be accredited as a behavioral health facility.


CHAPTER 353

HB 1565-FN - FINAL VERSION

 

22Feb2018... 0348h

04/26/2018   1636s

23May2018... 1981-CofC

23May2018... 2119-EBA

2018 SESSION

18-2184

01/04

 

HOUSE BILL 1565-FN

 

AN ACT requiring the secure psychiatric unit to be accredited as a behavioral health facility.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. P. Gordon, Rock. 29; Rep. Fothergill, Coos 1; Rep. Knirk, Carr. 3; Rep. Bove, Rock. 5; Rep. Tanner, Sull. 9; Rep. Messmer, Rock. 24; Rep. Guthrie, Rock. 13; Rep. Bean, Rock. 21; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires the commissioner of the department of corrections to apply to the National Commission on Correctional Health Care seeking that the secure psychiatric unit be accredited as a behavioral health facility.  Under this bill, the commissioner of the department of corrections shall submit a biennial report in even-numbered years of its findings as to whether certain provisions, standards, or practices should be revised to improve treatment at the secure psychiatric unit.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

22Feb2018... 0348h

04/26/2018   1636s

23May2018... 1981-CofC

23May2018... 2119-EBA 18-2184

01/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT requiring the secure psychiatric unit to be accredited as a behavioral health facility.

 

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

 

353:1  Statement of Findings.  The general court hereby finds that:

I.  A separate forensic psychiatric hospital would be the preferred solution for persons who are violently psychotic.

II.  The placement of the secure psychiatric unit inside the state's men's prison causes problems for civil patients and their families.

III.  Transferring patients to forensic facilities outside of New Hampshire is not a viable option.

353:2  Department of Corrections; Duties of the Commissioner; Secure Psychiatric Unit.  Amend RSA 21-H:8, XI-a to read as follows:

XI-a.(a)  The commissioner shall be the principal administrator of the secure psychiatric unit established pursuant to RSA 622:41.  [He] The commissioner shall establish the treatment standards for the unit after consultation with the commissioner of the department of health and human services.  The commissioner shall:

[(a)] (1)  Administer the unit;

[(b)] (2)  [Repealed.]

[(c)] (3)  Consult with the commissioner of the department of health and human services regarding transfers to the unit;

[(d)] (4)  Transfer persons in his or her custody to the unit if treatment is needed for mental disturbance;

[(e)] (5)  Discharge persons pursuant to RSA 622:48;

[(f)] (6)  Review, at least annually, the mental health programs with the commissioner of the department of health and human services to determine what policies, standards, or practices should be revised to improve treatment;

[(g)] (7)  Appoint qualified persons to positions established in RSA 622:43, I;

[(h)] (8)  Administer the unit in such a manner as to meet accreditation standards [and to seek accreditation]; and

[(i)] (9)  Perform other tasks necessary to carry out the administration of RSA 622:40-48.

(b)  The commissioner shall seek accreditation from the National Commission on Correctional Health Care to have the secure psychiatric unit accredited as a behavioral health facility.  The accreditation process shall commence before January 1, 2019.  The commissioner shall make all reasonable and good faith efforts to achieve accreditation in a timely manner.

353:3  Reports Required.  The commissioner shall submit an interim report, on or before January 1, 2019, relative to the steps taken to receive accreditation as required under RSA 21-H:8, XI-a(b) as inserted by section 2 of this act and identifying any barriers to securing such accreditation and a final report on or before January 1, 2020 to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the chairpersons of the house and senate committees having jurisdiction over criminal justice and health and human services.

353:4  Secure Psychiatric Unit; Treatment Standards.  Amend RSA 622:46, I to read as follows:

I.  The commissioner shall establish clinical and treatment standards for the operation of the unit in consultation with the commissioner of the department of health and human services.  The commissioners shall review, at least [annually] biennially, any interagency agreements and the mental health program at the unit to determine which provisions, standards, or practices should be revised to improve treatment.  The commissioner shall submit a report of its findings in each even-numbered year, commencing on or before November 1, 2020, to the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate president, the governor, and the chairpersons of the house committees having jurisdiction over criminal justice issues and health and human services issues, and the chairpersons of the senate committees having jurisdiction over judicial issues and health and human services issues.

353:5  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

Approved: July 02, 2018

Effective Date: July 02, 2018

 

 

Links

HB1565 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 17, 2018 House Hearing
Jan. 30, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 22, 2018 House Floor Vote
March 27, 2018 Senate Hearing
March 27, 2018 Senate Hearing
April 26, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
May 2, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
May 2, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
May 3, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
May 16, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
May 23, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
May 23, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1565 Revision: 4275 Date: July 3, 2018, 4:08 p.m.
HB1565 Revision: 3961 Date: June 6, 2018, 12:47 p.m.
HB1565 Revision: 3623 Date: May 1, 2018, 2:44 p.m.
HB1565 Revision: 3129 Date: March 21, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
HB1565 Revision: 1835 Date: Nov. 9, 2017, 9:49 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 1 P. 15
Jan. 17, 2018 Public Hearing: 01/17/2018 02:30 PM LOB 306
Jan. 24, 2018 Subcommittee Work Session: 01/24/2018 02:00 PM LOB 308
Jan. 30, 2018 Executive Session: 01/30/2018 LOB 306
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0348h (NT) (Vote 20-0; RC)
Feb. 22, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0348h (NT) for 02/22/2018 (Vote 20-0; RC) HC 7 P. 17
Feb. 22, 2018 Amendment # 2018-0348h: AA VV 02/22/2018 HJ 5 P. 32
Feb. 22, 2018 Ought to Pass with Amendment 0348h: MA VV 02/22/2018 HJ 5 P. 32
March 8, 2018 Introduced 03/08/2018 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 7
March 27, 2018 Hearing: 03/27/2018, Room 101, LOB, 01:45 pm; SC 14
March 27, 2018 Hearing: 03/27/2018, Room 101, LOB, 01:45 pm; SC 14
April 26, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-1636s, 04/26/2018; SC 18
April 26, 2018 Committee Amendment # 2018-1636s, AA, VV; 04/26/2018; SJ 14
April 26, 2018 Sen. Hennessey Floor Amendment # 2018-1804s, RC 10Y-14N, AF; 04/26/2018; SJ 14
April 26, 2018 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2018-1636s, MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 04/26/2018; SJ 14
May 2, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/02/2018; SC 19A
May 3, 2018 Special Order to 05/03/2018, Without Objection, MA; 05/02/2018 SJ 15
May 3, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/03/2018;
May 3, 2018 Sen. Feltes Floor Amendment # 2018-1874s, RC 10Y-14N, AF; 05/03/2018; SJ 16
May 3, 2018 Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/03/2018; SJ 16
May 10, 2018 House Concurs with Senate Amendment 1636s (Rep. McGuire): MF RC 158-183 05/10/2018
May 10, 2018 House Non-Concurs with Senate Amendment 1636s and Requests CofC (Rep. Cushing): MA VV 05/10/2018
May 10, 2018 Speaker Appoints: Reps. McGuire, P. Schmidt, Sytek, Beaudoin 05/10/2018
May 10, 2018 Sen. Bradley Accedes to House Request for Committee of Conference, MA, VV; 05/10/2018; SJ 17
May 10, 2018 President Appoints: Senators Avard, Gray, Fuller Clark; 05/10/2018; SJ 17
May 14, 2018 Conference Committee Meeting: 05/14/2018 01:30 PM LOB 306
May 16, 2018 Conference Committee Report Filed, # 2018-1981c; 05/16/2018
May 23, 2018 Conference Committee Report # 2018-1981c, Adopted, VV; 05/23/2018; SJ 18
May 23, 2018 Conference Committee Report 1981c: Adopted, VV 05/23/2018
May 23, 2018 Enrolled Bill Amendment # 2018-2119e Adopted, VV, (In recess of 05/23/2018); SJ 18
May 23, 2018 Enrolled Bill Amendment # 2018-2119e: AA VV 05/23/2018
May 23, 2018 Enrolled (In recess 05/23/2018); SJ 18
May 23, 2018 Enrolled 05/23/2018
Signed by Governor Sununu 07/02/2018; Chapter 353; Eff. 07/02/2018