Chief Sponsor: Allen M. Christensen

House Sponsor: Christine F. Watkins


8     Committee Note:
9          The Health and Human Services Interim Committee recommended this bill.
10          The Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel recommended this bill.
11     General Description:
12          This bill amends child welfare provisions that are scheduled to sunset in 2019.
13     Highlighted Provisions:
14          This bill:
15          ▸     extends the sunset date for the psychotropic medication oversight pilot program
16     until July 1, 2024;
17          ▸     requires the division to report to the Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel
18     every other year on the work of the psychotropic medication oversight pilot
19     program; and
20          ▸     extends the sunset date for the child protection unit pilot program until December
21     31, 2021.
22     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23          None
24     Other Special Clauses:
25          None
26     Utah Code Sections Affected:
27     AMENDS:

28          62A-4a-213, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2016, Chapter 231
29          63I-1-262, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapters 74, 220, 281, and 347

31     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
32          Section 1. Section 62A-4a-213 is amended to read:
33          62A-4a-213. Psychotropic medication oversight pilot program.
34          (1) As used in this section, "psychotropic medication" means medication prescribed to
35     affect or alter thought processes, mood, or behavior, including antipsychotic, antidepressant,
36     anxiolytic, or behavior medication.
37          (2) The division shall, through contract with the Department of Health, establish and
38     operate a psychotropic medication oversight pilot program for children in foster care to ensure
39     that foster children are being prescribed psychotropic medication consistent with their needs.
40          (3) The division shall establish an oversight team to manage the psychotropic
41     medication oversight program, composed of at least the following individuals:
42          (a) an "advanced practice registered nurse," as defined in Subsection 58-31b-102(14),
43     employed by the Department of Health; and
44          (b) a child psychiatrist.
45          (4) The oversight team shall monitor foster children:
46          (a) six years old or younger who are being prescribed one or more psychotropic
47     medications; and
48          (b) seven years old or older who are being prescribed two or more psychotropic
49     medications.
50          (5) The oversight team shall, upon request, be given information or records related to
51     the foster child's health care history, including psychotropic medication history and mental and
52     behavioral health history, from:
53          (a) the foster child's current or past caseworker;
54          (b) the foster child; or
55          (c) the foster child's:
56          (i) current or past health care provider;
57          (ii) natural parents; or
58          (iii) foster parents.

59          (6) The oversight team may review and monitor the following information about a
60     foster child:
61          (a) the foster child's history;
62          (b) the foster child's health care, including psychotropic medication history and mental
63     or behavioral health history;
64          (c) whether there are less invasive treatment options available to meet the foster child's
65     needs;
66          (d) the dosage or dosage range and appropriateness of the foster child's psychotropic
67     medication;
68          (e) the short-term or long-term risks associated with the use of the foster child's
69     psychotropic medication; or
70          (f) the reported benefits of the foster child's psychotropic medication.
71          (7) (a) The oversight team may make recommendations to the foster child's health care
72     providers concerning the foster child's psychotropic medication or the foster child's mental or
73     behavioral health.
74          (b) The oversight team shall provide the recommendations made in Subsection (7)(a)
75     to the foster child's parent or guardian after discussing the recommendations with the foster
76     child's current health care providers.
77          (8) The division may adopt administrative rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter
78     3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, necessary to administer this section.
79          (9) The division shall report to the Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel
80     regarding the psychotropic medication oversight pilot program by October 1 of each even
81     numbered year.
82          Section 2. Section 63I-1-262 is amended to read:
83          63I-1-262. Repeal dates, Title 62A.
84          (1) Subsections 62A-1-120(8)(g), (h), and (i) are repealed July 1, 2023.
85          (2) Section 62A-3-209 is repealed July 1, 2023.
86          (3) Section 62A-4a-202.9 is repealed December 31, [2019] 2021.
87          (4) Section 62A-4a-213 is repealed July 1, [2019] 2024.
88          (5) Section 62A-15-114 is repealed December 31, 2021.
89          (6) Subsection 62A-15-1101(7) is repealed July 1, 2018.