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Bill Detail: SB19-154


Title Sunset License Regulate Psychiatric Technicians
Status Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole (03/22/2019)
Bill Subjects
House Sponsors E. Sirota (D)
Senate Sponsors L. Court (D)
House Committee
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 02/21/2019

Sunset Process - Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department

of regulatory agencies' sunset review and report on the licensure and
regulation functions of the state board of nursing (board) regarding
psychiatric technicians as follows:
  • Continues the functions of the board in licensing and
regulating psychiatric technicians for 15 years, until
September 1, 2034 (sections 1 and 2 of the bill);
  • Changes references to accredited psychiatric technician
education programs to approved to more accurately
reflect that the programs are approved by the board rather
than accredited (sections 3, 5, 6, and 8);
  • Makes 2 technical amendments to the statute governing
applications for psychiatric technician licenses to reflect
current practices (section 4);
  • Modifies the grounds for discipline related to alcohol or
substance use or abuse to eliminate reference to having an
alcohol or substance use disorder and instead clarifying that
a person is subject to discipline for excessive or habitual
use or abuse of alcohol or drugs (section 7);
  • Eliminates as a grounds for discipline having a physical
disability or intellectual or developmental disability that
renders the person unable to safely practice and instead
subjects a person to discipline for failure to notify the board
of, or act within the limitations created by, a physical
illness or condition or behavioral, mental health, or
substance use disorder that affects the psychiatric
technician's ability to safely practice. Additionally, the bill
authorizes the board to enter into a confidential agreement
with the psychiatric technician to limit his or her practice
and makes failure to comply with the agreement grounds
for discipline (sections 7 and 9).
  • Removes the terms willfully and negligently from
several grounds for disciplining a psychiatric technician
(section 7); and
  • Eliminates the requirement that the board send letters of
admonition by certified mail (section 10).
Sections 11 through 20 make conforming amendments to
harmonize the bill with the title 12 recodification bill, House Bill

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