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Bill Detail: HB21-1085

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Title Secure Transportation Behavioral Health Crisis
Status Governor Signed (06/27/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Human Services
House Sponsors C. Larson (R)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Bridges (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Local Government
Date Introduced 02/16/2021
Summary

The bill creates a regulatory and service system to provide secure
transportation services, with different requirements from traditional
ambulance services, for individuals experiencing 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 3 years, 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 (department)
is directed to create and implement a secure transportation benefit on or
before January 1, 2023. The department is required to include information
on secure transportation services and benefits in its annual State
Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART)
Government Act report.
The bill exempts secure transportation services from regulation
under the public utilities commission.

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