Proposed Legislation Before the Tennessee General Assembly
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Bills Relevant to Behavioral Health
Medical Occupations - As introduced, requires certain healthcare services providers to complete training every three years on how to identify and respond to human trafficking victims who enter hospitals, medical clinics, emergency departments, or facilities licensed under title 33 that provide care for mental health, substance abuse, or intellectual and developmental disabilities. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 32; Title 33; Title 39; Title 63 and Title 68.
AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4 and Title 63, relative to licensure of professional counselors by adding the following to the end of the subsection: The board may conduct meetings by electronic means, as long as the electronic means used allow for all board members to transmit and receive real-time audio.
HB 0982/SB 1384
Students - As introduced, requires LEAs to implement an adverse childhood experiences (ACE) program; creates a process to refer students who have experienced four or more ACEs to appropriate mental and behavioral health providers and makes other related changes. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 1 and Title 49, Chapter 6.
HB 1836/SB 1818
Education - As introduced, requires each public high school to begin classroom instruction no earlier than 8:30 a.m. and each public middle school to begin classroom instruction no earlier than 8:00 a.m. beginning in the 2023-2024 school year. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 2 and Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 30.
HB 1843/SB 1846
AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 56, relative to telemedicine.
Health Care - As introduced, expands the definition of provider-based telemedicine to include HIPAA compliant audio-only conversations for the provision of healthcare services beyond behavioral health services when other means are unavailable. - Amends TCA Title 56.
Introduced in 2022
Basic Education Program (BEP) - As introduced, requires the BEP formula to fund full-time school counselor positions at a ratio of one per 350 students or one full-time school counselor position for each LEA, whichever is greater. - Amends TCA Title 49.
Introduced in 2022
Psychologists - As introduced, reduces from 10 days to five days the time within which a licensed assistant behavioral analyst must notify the licensing committee of a change in their supervision status. - Amends TCA Title 63, Chapter 11.
Introduced in 2022
Education - As introduced, requires the commissioner of education to withhold a portion of the state education finance funds that an LEA is otherwise eligible to receive if the LEA fails or refuses to determine a student's gender, for purposes of participation in school sports, by the student's sex at the time of birth; exempts an LEA that fails or refuses to determine a student's gender, for purposes of participation in school sports, by the student's sex at the time of birth if the LEA's failure or refusal to do so is required by a court or other legally binding order. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6.
Education - As introduced, prohibits males from participating in public higher education sports that are designated for females; creates a cause of action for violations that deprive a student of an athletic opportunity or that cause direct or indirect harm to a student at the middle school, high school, or postsecondary level. - Amends TCA Title 49.
Mental Illness - As introduced, allows courts to order a person into a program of assisted outpatient mental health treatment upon finding certain conditions are met; provides a process for certain persons to petition a court on behalf of a proposed patient; establishes criteria for the evaluation of proposed patients and reporting to the court by physicians and certain mental health professionals. - Amends TCA Title 33.
Children - As introduced, increases from under 16 years of age to under 18 years of age, the age of a minor for whom a parent, guardian, legal custodian, or caregiver under the Power of Attorney for Care of a Minor Child Act must give written, active, informed and voluntarily signed consent in order for universal mental health or socioemotional screening in a school setting to be permitted for the minor. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 8; Title 37; Title 39; Title 49; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.
Education - As introduced, requires LEAs that issue student identification cards to include on the identification cards the telephone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 19 and Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 51.
Human Rights - As introduced, requires the department of correction, the department of mental health and substance abuse services, and the department of human services to work with a nonprofit charitable organization to provide mandatory annual training to appropriate personnel in the identification, intervention, prevention, and treatment of human trafficking victims, and in the proper action that should be taken when dealing with a known or suspected victim of human trafficking. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 33; Title 37; Title 39; Title 40; Title 41 and Title 71.
Psychologists - As introduced, increases from three to four, the number of votes needed by members of the board of examiners in psychology to confirm that a person has passed the examination for a license or certificate to practice psychology. - Amends TCA Title 63, Chapter 11.
Mental Illness - As introduced, requires TACIR to complete a report on how emergency departments manage patients with severe mental illnesses and what best practices exist for helping emergency patients with severe mental illness. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8; Title 9; Title 14; Title 33; Title 47; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.
Mental Illness - As introduced, authorizes advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants who hold certain certifications and are working under the supervision of a licensed physician to complete a certificate of need for emergency diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment; removes requirement that only a physician may complete a second certificate of need in support of hospitalization when the first certificate was completed by a non-physician. - Amends TCA Title 33, Chapter 6, Part 4.
Basic Education Program (BEP) - As introduced, requires BEP funding formula to fund one full-time school social worker position for each 250 students or one full-time position for each LEA, whichever is greater. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 3, Part 3.
Mental Illness - As introduced, requires a healthcare provider to enter a threat or attempt at suicide or infliction of bodily harm into the patient's medical record within 12 hours of learning of the threat or attempt. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 33; Title 39; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Dept. of - As introduced, directs the Tennessee advisory commission on intergovernmental relations to perform a study of current programs in this state related to services provided to homeless persons for shelter, mental health, and safety, and to prepare a report comparing those programs and designating those programs with the highest success rate of helping individuals find employment and permanent shelter, to be submitted by January 1, 2023. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 12; Title 33; Title 39 and Title 71.
Education, Dept. of - As introduced, requires the department to direct each local board of education and charter school governing body to develop a plan to conduct mental and behavioral health screenings for all students in kindergarten through eighth grade in order to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students' mental and behavioral health and any resulting learning loss. - Amends TCA Title 49.
Professions and Occupations - As introduced, changes the requirements for professional counselors designated as mental health service providers and the field experience needed for such positions. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 56, Chapter 7, Part 24 and Title 63, Chapter 22, Part 1.
Professions and Occupations - As introduced, changes the requirements for professional counselors designated as mental health service providers and the field experience needed for such positions. - Amends TCA Title 4 and Title 63, Chapter 22, Part 1.
Health, Dept. of - As introduced, requires the department to submit to the legislature a quarterly report on the public health impacts of gun violence on local communities, including data on the deaths, disabilities, and economic hardships stemming from gun violence, data on mental health ailments of perpetrators of gun violence, and research-based information from which to make informed decisions on how best to protect Tennesseans from gun violence. - Amends TCA Title 68.
Capital Punishment - As introduced, states that a defendant is not eligible for the death penalty if the defendant suffered from a serious mental illness at the time of the alleged offense that, while not meeting the standard to be found not guilty by reason of insanity or incompetent to stand trial, significantly impaired the defendant's capacity to exercise rational judgment; permits an offender who was sentenced to death prior to July 1, 2022, to petition to be resentenced to life imprisonment without possibility of parole due to serious mental illness. - Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40.
Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Dept. of - As introduced, requires the department to establish a behavioral health jail diversion grant program and a community crisis response grant program for the purpose of supporting community response and jail diversion programs related to mental and behavioral health. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 3; Title 9; Title 33 and Title 41.