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H.B. 181 Enrolled
This act amends the Human Services Code. The act amends the number of psychiatric and
geriatric beds at the state hospital allocated to local mental health authorities. The act
sunsets the reduced number on June 30, 2002 and requires the department to increase the
number of beds allocated during fiscal year 2003 as funding permits. The act has an
immediate effective date.
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
62A-12-209.5, as last amended by Chapter 318, Laws of Utah 2000
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 62A-12-209.5 is amended to read:
62A-12-209.5. Allocation of state hospital beds -- Formula.
(1) As used in this section:
(a) "Adult beds" means the total number of patient beds located in the adult general
psychiatric unit and the geriatric unit at the state hospital, as determined by the superintendent of
the state hospital.
(b) "Mental health catchment area" means a county or group of counties governed by a
local mental health authority.
(2) (a) The board shall establish by rule a formula to separately allocate to local mental
health authorities adult beds for persons who meet the requirements of Subsection
62A-12-209 (2)(a). [
act and until June 30, 2002, one hundred eighty two beds shall be allocated to local mental health
authorities under this section. [
(b) The number of beds shall be reviewed and adjusted as necessary:
(i) on July 1, 2002, to restore the number of beds allocated to 212 beds as funding permits;
(ii) every three years thereafter according to the state's population.
(c) All population figures utilized shall reflect the most recent available population estimates
from the Utah Population Estimates Committee.
(3) The formula established under Subsection (2) [
shall provide for allocation of beds based on:
(a) the percentage of the state's adult population located within a mental health catchment
(b) a differential to compensate for the additional demand for hospital beds in mental health
catchment areas that are located in urban areas.
(4) A local mental health authority may sell or loan its allocation of beds to another local
mental health authority.
(5) The division shall allocate [
authorities for their use in accordance with the formula established under this section. If a local
mental health authority is unable to access a bed allocated to it under [
under Subsection (2), the division shall provide that local mental health authority with funding equal
to the reasonable, average daily cost of an acute care bed purchased by the local mental health
(6) The board shall periodically review and make changes in the formula established under
Subsection (2) as necessary to accurately reflect changes in population.
Section 2. Effective date.
If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this act takes effect upon
approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah Constitution
Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto, the date of veto
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