Bill Details - SB11 (2019)

CHAPTER 41

SB 11-FN-A - FINAL VERSION

 

01/31/2019   0088s

02/21/2019   0572s

2019 SESSION

19-1053

01/10

 

SENATE BILL 11-FN-A

 

AN ACT relative to mental health services and making appropriations therefor.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Chandley, Dist 11; Sen. Levesque, Dist 12; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. Dietsch, Dist 9; Sen. Morgan, Dist 23; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5

 

COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill:

 

I.  Authorizes the department of health and human services to use general surplus funds for designated receiving facilities and for voluntary inpatient psychiatric admissions.

 

II.  Makes an appropriation to the department of health and human services for the purpose of renovating certain existing facilities.

 

III.  Provides for rulemaking for involuntary admission hearing requirements.

 

IV.  Requires insurers to reimburse certain facilities for emergency room boarding.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

01/31/2019   0088s

02/21/2019   0572s 19-1053

01/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to mental health services and making appropriations therefor.

 

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

 

41:1  Department of Health and Human Services; Designated Receiving Facilities; Residential Beds.  The sum of $607,509 is hereby appropriated to the department of health and human services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 for the purpose of increasing diagnosis-related group (DRG) rates for designated receiving facilities (DRF) beds.  Said sum shall be a charge against any general fund surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and shall not lapse until June 30, 2021.  The commissioner shall submit a report on proposed DRG rates for the purpose of establishing additional community-based DRF beds to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the governor no later than November 1, 2019.  The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sum out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.  Notwithstanding RSA 14:30-a, VI, the department may accept and expend any matching federal funds without prior approval of the fiscal committee of the general court.

41:2  Department of Health and Human Services; Voluntary Inpatient Psychiatric Admissions; Rates.  The sum of $500,000 is hereby appropriated to the department of health and human services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 for the purpose of establishing an atypical rate for voluntary inpatient psychiatric admissions.  Said sum shall be a charge against any general fund surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and shall not lapse until June 30, 2021.  The commissioner shall submit a report on proposed atypical voluntary inpatient psychiatric admission rates for the purpose of establishing additional community-based voluntary inpatient psychiatric bed capacity to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the governor no later than November 1, 2019.  The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sum out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.  Notwithstanding RSA 14:30-a, VI, the department may accept and expend any matching federal funds without prior approval of the fiscal committee of the general court.

41:3  Department of Health and Human Services; Designated Receiving Facilities; Residential Beds; Hospital Renovations.

I.  The sum of $4,400,000 is hereby appropriated to the department of health and human services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 for the purpose of renovating existing hospital facilities for up to 3 new or expanded designated receiving facilities (DRF), as set forth in RSA 135-C:26, of no fewer than 8 beds per new DRF.  In no event shall the total number of beds funded under this section exceed 30.  Said sum shall be a charge against any general fund surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and shall not lapse until June 30, 2021.  The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sum out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

II.  The commissioner of the department of health and human services shall allocate and disburse such funds through a request for applications (RFA) and shall prioritize the use of the funds to areas within the state of New Hampshire that are underserved for inpatient psychiatric treatment.  Any hospital receiving such funding shall operate the new or expanded DRF beds for no less than 5 years.  The RFA shall be issued no later than December 1, 2019 and the new or expanded DRF beds shall be operational by January 1, 2020.

41:4  New Section; Residential Care and Health Facility Licensure; Compliance With Involuntary Admission Hearing Requirement.  Amend RSA 151 by inserting after section 2-g the following new section:

151:2-h  Compliance With Involuntary Admission Hearing Requirement.  No later than 30 days following the first decision on the merits in Doe v. NH Department of Health and Human Services, et al. #1:18-CV-01039, or a court-approved agreement of all parties in the case, the commissioner of the department of health and human services shall initiate emergency rulemaking consistent with either the first decision on the merits or the court-approved agreement.  The commissioner shall adopt such rules within 90 days of initiating rulemaking.

41:5  Appropriation; Department of Health and Human Services.  The sum of $2,100,000 is hereby appropriated to the department of health and human services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 for the purpose of contracting with programs that enable individuals with serious mental illness to attain and maintain integrated, affordable, supported housing.  Said sum shall be a charge against any general fund surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and shall not lapse until June 30, 2021.  The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sum out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

41:6  New Section; Coverage for Emergency Services.  Amend RSA 417-F by inserting after section 3 the following new section:

417-F:4 Reimbursement for Emergency Room Boarding.  Following the completion of an involuntary admission certificate for a patient, the insurer shall pay the acute care hospital a per diem day rate required to board and care for the patient, to be contracted between the insurer and acute care hospital, for each day the insured is waiting in an acute care medical hospital located in the state for admission for psychiatric treatment at New Hampshire Hospital, a community-based designated receiving facility, or a voluntary admission.  The day rate required to board and care for the patient may be billed for up to 21 consecutive days or discharge, whichever is sooner, and shall be renewed as needed for patient protection.  The rate is deemed to cover all costs incurred by a hospital for the boarding and non-medical care of the insured and shall not be billed to the insured.  This does not preclude a hospital from billing for other medically necessary services.  Any qualified mental health worker employed by or contracted with the hospital, community mental health care center, or affiliate providing mental health services and supports to an insured in an emergency department in the hospital service areas while they are waiting for an inpatient or other psychiatric admission shall be reimbursed for those mental health services including diagnostic services by the insurer at the negotiated rate.  No prior authorization shall be required by any insurer for mental health services deemed medically necessary provided in this setting under this section.  This section shall apply to the Medicaid managed care organizations subject to contract and rate agreements between the state of New Hampshire and the managed care organizations.  The reimbursement for emergency room board and care shall be incorporated into the capitated rate for managed care services.

41:7 Fourth Mobile Crisis Team or Second Behavioral Health Crisis Treatment Center; Appropriation.

I.  The commissioner of the department of health and human services shall solicit requests for proposals within 60 days of the effective date of this section for either a fourth mobile crisis team and apartments from qualified vendors or a second behavioral health crisis treatment center.  The RFP shall prioritize services for underserved areas of New Hampshire and services for minors.

II.  The sum of $3,000,000 is hereby appropriated to the department of health and human services for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 for the purposes of paragraph I.  Said sum shall be a charge against any general fund surplus for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, and shall not lapse until June 30, 2021.  The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sum out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

41:8  Effective Date.

I.  Section 6 of this act shall take effect July 1, 2019.

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

 

 

 

Approved: May 21, 2019

Effective Date:

I. Section 6 shall take effect July 1, 2019

II. Remainder shall take effect May 21, 2019

 

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 4
Jan. 22, 2019 Hearing: 01/22/2019, Room 101, LOB, 01:00 pm; SC 7
Jan. 31, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0088s, 01/31/2019; SC 8
Jan. 31, 2019 Committee Amendment # 2019-0088s, AA, VV; 01/31/2019; SJ 4
Jan. 31, 2019 Without Objection, Sen. D'Allesandro Moved the Question, MA; 01/31/2019; SJ 4
Jan. 31, 2019 Sen. Bradley Floor Amendment # 2019-0213s, RC 10Y-14N, AF; 01/31/2019; SJ 4
Jan. 31, 2019 Sen. Giuda Moved to Rerefer, RC 10Y-14N, MF; 01/31/2019; SJ 4
Jan. 31, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0088s, RC 16Y-8N, MA; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 01/31/2019; SJ 4
Feb. 21, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0572s, 02/21/2019; SC 11A
Feb. 21, 2019 Committee Amendment # 2019-0572s, AA, VV; 02/21/2019; SJ 6
Feb. 21, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0572s, RC 24Y-0N, MA; OT3rdg; 02/21/2019; SJ 6
March 7, 2019 Introduced 03/07/2019 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 8 P. 61
March 26, 2019 Public Hearing: 03/26/2019 10:00 am LOB 205
March 26, 2019 ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 03/26/2019 01:00 pm LOB 205
April 2, 2019 Division I Subcommittee Work Session: 04/02/2019 10:00 am LOB 205
April 9, 2019 ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 04/09/2019 01:30 pm LOB 205
Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 19-0; RC)
May 2, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 05/02/2019 (Vote 19-0; RC) HC 22 P. 9
May 2, 2019 Ought to Pass: MA VV 05/02/2019
May 2, 2019 Ought to Pass: MA VV 05/02/2019
May 2, 2019 Enrolled (In recess 05/02/2019); SJ 16
May 8, 2019 Enrolled 05/08/2019
May 21, 2019 Signed by the Governor on 05/21/2019; Chapter 0041
July 1, 2019 I. Section 6 Effective 07/01/2019
May 21, 2019 II. Remainder Effective 05/21/2019

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 22, 2019 Senate Hearing
Jan. 31, 2019 Senate Floor Vote
Feb. 21, 2019 Senate Floor Vote
March 26, 2019 House Hearing
March 26, 2019 House Exec Session
April 9, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
May 2, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB11 Revision: 4996 Date: Jan. 17, 2019, 4:10 p.m.
SB11 Revision: 5323 Date: Feb. 1, 2019, 3:36 p.m.
SB11 Revision: 5382 Date: Feb. 22, 2019, 4:07 p.m.
SB11 Revision: 5870 Date: May 6, 2019, 9:33 a.m.
SB11 Revision: 6026 Date: May 21, 2019, 2:50 p.m.