7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill enacts the Utah Mobile Crisis Outreach Team Act.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ defines terms;
13 ▸ requires the Mental Health Crisis Line Commission to serve as the mobile crisis
14 outreach team (MCOT) advisory committee;
15 ▸ requires the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (division) to set
16 standards for an MCOT certification;
17 ▸ requires the division to make rules outlining:
18 • the responsibilities of MCOTs; and
19 • the interaction of MCOTs with the civil commitment process; and
20 ▸ makes technical and conforming changes.
21 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 63C-18-203, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2017, Chapter 23
29 62A-15-1301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
30 62A-15-1302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
32 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
33 Section 1. Section 62A-15-1301 is enacted to read:
35 62A-15-1301. Definitions.
36 As used in this part:
37 (1) "Commission" means the Mental Health Crisis Line Commission created in Section
39 (2) "Emergency medical service personnel" means the same as that term is defined in
40 Section 26-8a-102.
41 (3) "Emergency medical services" means the same as that term is defined in Section
43 (4) "MCOT certification" means the certification created in this part for MCOT
44 personnel and mental health crisis outreach services.
45 (5) "MCOT personnel" means a licensed mental health therapist or other mental health
46 professional, as determined by the division, who is a part of a mobile crisis outreach team.
47 (6) "Mental health crisis" means a mental health condition that manifests itself by
48 symptoms of sufficient severity that a prudent layperson who possesses an average knowledge
49 of mental health issues could reasonably expect the absence of immediate attention or
50 intervention to result in:
51 (a) serious jeopardy to the individual's health or well-being; or
52 (b) a danger to others.
53 (7) (a) "Mental health crisis services" means mental health services and on-site
54 intervention that a person renders to an individual suffering from a mental health crisis.
55 (b) "Mental health crisis services" includes the provision of safety and care plans,
56 stabilization services offered for a minimum of 60 days, and referrals to other community
58 (8) "Mental health therapist" means the same as that term is defined in Section
60 (9) "Mobile crisis outreach team" or "MCOT" means a mobile team of medical and
61 mental health professionals that provides mental health crisis services and, based on the
62 individual circumstances of each case, coordinates with local law enforcement, emergency
63 medical service personnel, and other appropriate state or local resources.
64 Section 2. Section 62A-15-1302 is enacted to read:
65 62A-15-1302. Department and division duties -- MCOT license creation.
66 (1) To promote the availability of comprehensive mental health crisis services
67 throughout the state, the division shall make rules, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3,
68 Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, that create a certificate for MCOT personnel and
69 MCOTs, including:
70 (a) the standards the division establishes under Subsection (2); and
71 (b) guidelines for:
72 (i) credit for training and experience; and
73 (ii) the coordination of:
74 (A) emergency medical services and mental health crisis services;
75 (B) law enforcement, emergency medical service personnel, and mobile crisis outreach
76 teams; and
77 (C) temporary commitment in accordance with Section 62A-15-629.
78 (2) (a) With recommendations from the commission, the division shall:
79 (i) in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act,
80 make rules that establish standards that an applicant is required to meet to qualify for the
81 MCOT certification described in Subsection (1); and
82 (ii) create a statewide MCOT plan that:
83 (A) identifies statewide mental health crisis services needs, objectives, and priorities;
85 (B) identifies the equipment, facilities, personnel training, and other resources
86 necessary to provide mental health crisis services.
87 (b) The division may delegate the MCOT plan requirement described in Subsection
88 (2)(a)(ii) to a contractor with which the division contracts to provide mental health crisis
90 Section 3. Section 63C-18-203 is amended to read:
91 63C-18-203. Commission duties -- Reporting requirements.
92 (1) [
94 each individual who accesses a local mental health crisis line is connected to a qualified mental
95 or behavioral health professional, regardless of the time, date, or number of individuals trying
96 to simultaneously access the local mental health crisis line;
98 including identifying:
100 statewide mental health crisis line;
102 statewide mental health crisis line; and
104 crisis line; [
106 duties described in Subsections (1)(a)[
107 (d) recommend standards for mobile crisis outreach team certification as described in
108 Section 62A-15-1303.
110 duties described in Subsection (1)[