7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends child welfare provisions that are scheduled to sunset in 2019.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ extends the sunset date for the psychotropic medication oversight pilot program
13 until July 1, 2024;
14 ▸ requires the division to report to the Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel
15 every other year on the work of the psychotropic medication oversight pilot
16 program; and
17 ▸ extends the sunset date for the child protection unit pilot program until December
18 31, 2021.
19 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 62A-4a-213, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2016, Chapter 231
26 63I-1-262, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapters 74, 220, 281, and 347
28 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29 Section 1. Section 62A-4a-213 is amended to read:
30 62A-4a-213. Psychotropic medication oversight pilot program.
31 (1) As used in this section, "psychotropic medication" means medication prescribed to
32 affect or alter thought processes, mood, or behavior, including antipsychotic, antidepressant,
33 anxiolytic, or behavior medication.
34 (2) The division shall, through contract with the Department of Health, establish and
35 operate a psychotropic medication oversight pilot program for children in foster care to ensure
36 that foster children are being prescribed psychotropic medication consistent with their needs.
37 (3) The division shall establish an oversight team to manage the psychotropic
38 medication oversight program, composed of at least the following individuals:
39 (a) an "advanced practice registered nurse," as defined in Subsection 58-31b-102(14),
40 employed by the Department of Health; and
41 (b) a child psychiatrist.
42 (4) The oversight team shall monitor foster children:
43 (a) six years old or younger who are being prescribed one or more psychotropic
44 medications; and
45 (b) seven years old or older who are being prescribed two or more psychotropic
47 (5) The oversight team shall, upon request, be given information or records related to
48 the foster child's health care history, including psychotropic medication history and mental and
49 behavioral health history, from:
50 (a) the foster child's current or past caseworker;
51 (b) the foster child; or
52 (c) the foster child's:
53 (i) current or past health care provider;
54 (ii) natural parents; or
55 (iii) foster parents.
56 (6) The oversight team may review and monitor the following information about a
57 foster child:
58 (a) the foster child's history;
59 (b) the foster child's health care, including psychotropic medication history and mental
60 or behavioral health history;
61 (c) whether there are less invasive treatment options available to meet the foster child's
63 (d) the dosage or dosage range and appropriateness of the foster child's psychotropic
65 (e) the short-term or long-term risks associated with the use of the foster child's
66 psychotropic medication; or
67 (f) the reported benefits of the foster child's psychotropic medication.
68 (7) (a) The oversight team may make recommendations to the foster child's health care
69 providers concerning the foster child's psychotropic medication or the foster child's mental or
70 behavioral health.
71 (b) The oversight team shall provide the recommendations made in Subsection (7)(a)
72 to the foster child's parent or guardian after discussing the recommendations with the foster
73 child's current health care providers.
74 (8) The division may adopt administrative rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter
75 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, necessary to administer this section.
76 (9) The division shall report to the Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel
77 regarding the psychotropic medication oversight pilot program by October 1 of each even
78 numbered year.
79 Section 2. Section 63I-1-262 is amended to read:
80 63I-1-262. Repeal dates, Title 62A.
81 (1) Subsections 62A-1-120(8)(g), (h), and (i) are repealed July 1, 2023.
82 (2) Section 62A-3-209 is repealed July 1, 2023.
83 (3) Section 62A-4a-202.9 is repealed December 31, [
84 (4) Section 62A-4a-213 is repealed July 1, [
85 (5) Section 62A-15-114 is repealed December 31, 2021.
86 (6) Subsection 62A-15-1101(7) is repealed July 1, 2018.