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SB 818: Mental Health


Mental Health; Authorizing public defenders and regional counsel to have access to persons held in a facility licensed under chapter 394 or chapter 397; requiring that respondents with a serious mental illness be afforded essential elements of care and placed in 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 taken to a receiving facility for involuntary examination, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2019
Last Action: 5/3/2019 Senate - Died 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
2/6/2019 Senate • Filed
2/15/2019 Senate • Referred to Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; Judiciary; Appropriations -SJ 93
3/5/2019 Senate • Introduced -SJ 92
3/13/2019 Senate • On Committee agenda-- Children, Families, and Elder Affairs, 03/18/19, 4:00 pm, 301 Senate Building
3/18/2019 Senate • Favorable by Children, Families, and Elder Affairs; YEAS 6 NAYS 0 -SJ 255
3/19/2019 Senate • Now in Judiciary
5/3/2019 Senate • Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration
• Died in Judiciary