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CS/SB 870: Mental Health and Substance Abuse

GENERAL BILL by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs ; Book

Mental Health and Substance Abuse; Requiring that respondents with a serious mental illness be informed of the essential elements of recovery and be provided assistance with accessing a continuum of care regimen; authorizing the state to establish that a transfer evaluation was performed by providing the court with a copy of the evaluation before the close of the state’s case in chief; revising the requirements for when a person may be ordered for involuntary inpatient placement; authorizing the court or clerk of the court to waive or prohibit any service of process fees for an indigent petitioner; expanding the exemption from the requirement that a respondent be present at a hearing on a petition for involuntary treatment services, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2020
Last Action: 1/31/2020 Senate - Now in Judiciary
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF
Senate Committee References:
  1. Children, Families, and Elder Affairs (CF)
  2. Judiciary (JU)
  3. Appropriations (AP)



Bill History

Date Chamber Action
11/12/2019 Senate • Filed
11/21/2019 Senate • Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary; Appropriations -SJ 67
1/14/2020 Senate • Introduced -SJ 66
1/23/2020 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Children, Families, and Elder Affairs, 01/28/20, 4:00 pm, 301 Senate Building
1/28/2020 Senate • CS by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; YEAS 6 NAYS 0 -SJ 215
1/29/2020 Senate • Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) - (Committee Substitute)
• CS by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs read 1st time -SJ 218
1/31/2020 Senate • Now in Judiciary