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Bill Detail: HB20-1284

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Title Secure Transportation Behavioral Health Crisis
Status House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Human Services
House Sponsors T. Kraft-Tharp (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Bridges (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House Committee Public Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/04/2020
Description

The bill creates a regulatory and service system to provide secure
transportation services, with different requirements than traditional
ambulance services, for individuals experiencing a behavioral health
crisis. Mobile crisis services, units linked to the walk-in crisis services,
and crisis respite services may arrange for secure transportation in
response to a behavioral health crisis. The department of human services

shall allow for the development of secure transportation alternatives.
The board of county commissioners of the county in which the
secure transportation service is based (commissioners) shall issue a
license to an entity (licensee), valid for one year, that provides secure
transportation services if the minimum requirements set by rule by the
state board of health are met or exceeded. The commissioners shall also
issue operating permits, valid for 12 months following issuance, to each
vehicle operated by the licensee. A fee may be charged for each license
to reflect the direct and indirect costs to the applicable county in
implementing secure transportation services licensure. The state board of
health is given authority to promulgate rules concerning secure
transportation licensure.
The department of health care policy and financing is directed to
create and implement a secure transportation benefit on or before January
1, 2022.
Language is added to exempt secure transportation services from
regulation under the public utilities commission.

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