Senator Daniel W. Thatcher proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Daniel W. Thatcher

House Sponsor: Patrice M. Arent


8     General Description:
9          This bill creates the Mental Health Services Donation Fund.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     defines terms;
13          ▸     creates the Mental Health Services Donation Fund;
14          ▸     requires the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to administer the
15     Mental Health Services Donation Fund;
16          ▸     describes the purposes for which the Mental Health Services Donation Fund may be
17     used;
18          ▸     requires the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to report to the Mental
19     Health Crisis Line Commission regarding the administration of the Mental Health
20     Services Donation Fund; and
21          ▸     makes technical changes.
22     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
23          None
24     Other Special Clauses:
25          This bill provides a coordination clause.

26     Utah Code Sections Affected:
27     AMENDS:
28          63I-1-262, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2019, Chapters 246, 257, 440 and last
29     amended by Coordination Clause, Laws of Utah 2019, Chapter 246
30     ENACTS:
31          62A-15-1701, Utah Code Annotated 1953
32          62A-15-1702, Utah Code Annotated 1953
33     Utah Code Sections Affected by Coordination Clause:
34          62A-15-1702, Utah Code Annotated 1953

36     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
37          Section 1. Section 62A-15-1701 is enacted to read:
Part 17. Mental Health Services Donation Fund

39          62A-15-1701. Definitions.
40          As used in this part:
41          (1) "Fund" means the Mental Health Services Donation Fund created in Section
42     62A-15-1702.
43          (2) "Local mental health crisis line" means the same as that term is defined in Section
44     62A-15-1301.
45          (3) "Mental health therapist" means the same as that term is defined in Section
46     58-60-102.
47          (4) "Mental health therapy" means treatment or prevention of a mental illness,
48     including:
49          (a) conducting a professional evaluation of an individual's condition of mental health,
50     mental illness, or emotional disorder consistent with standards generally recognized by mental
51     health therapists;
52          (b) establishing a diagnosis in accordance with established written standards generally
53     recognized by mental health therapists;
54          (c) prescribing a plan or medication for the prevention or treatment of a condition of a
55     mental illness or an emotional disorder; and
56          (d) engaging in the conduct of professional intervention, including psychotherapy by

57     the application of established methods and procedures generally recognized by mental health
58     therapists.
59          (5) "Qualified individual" means an individual who:
60          (a) is experiencing a mental health crisis; and
61          (b) calls a local mental health crisis line or the statewide mental health crisis line.
62          (6) "Statewide mental health crisis line" means the same as that term is defined in
63     Section 62A-15-1301.
64          Section 2. Section 62A-15-1702 is enacted to read:
65          62A-15-1702. Mental Health Services Donation Fund.
66          (1) There is created an expendable special revenue fund known as the "Mental Health
67     Services Donation Fund."
68          (2) The fund shall consist of:
69          (a) gifts, grants, donations, or any other conveyance of money that may be made to the
70     fund from public or private individuals or entities; and
71          (b) interest earned on money in the fund.
72          (3) The division shall administer the fund in accordance with this section.
73          (4) The division shall award fund money to an entity in the state that provides mental
74     health and substance abuse treatment for the purpose of:
75          (a) providing through telehealth or in-person services, mental health therapy to
76     qualified individuals;
77          (b) providing access to evaluations and coordination of short-term care to assist a
78     qualified individual in identifying services or support needs, resources, or benefits for which
79     the qualified individual may be eligible; and
80          (c) developing a system for a qualified individual and a qualified individual's family to
81     access information and referrals for mental health therapy.
82          (5) Fund money may only be used for the purposes described in Subsection (4).
83          (6) The division shall provide an annual report to the Mental Health Crisis Line
84     Commission, created in Section 63C-18-202, regarding:
85          (a) the entity that is awarded a grant under Subsection (4);
86          (b) the number of qualified individuals served by the entity with fund money; and
87          (c) any costs or benefits as a result of the award of the grant.

88          Section 3. Section 63I-1-262 is amended to read:
89          63I-1-262. Repeal dates, Title 62A.
90          (1) Subsections 62A-1-120(8)(g), (h), and (i) are repealed July 1, 2023.
91          (2) Section 62A-3-209 is repealed July 1, 2023.
92          (3) Section 62A-4a-202.9 is repealed December 31, 2021.
93          (4) Section 62A-4a-213 is repealed July 1, 2024.
94          (5) Section 62A-15-114 is repealed December 31, 2021.
95          (6) Subsections 62A-15-116(1) and (4), the language that states "In consultation with
96     the SafeUT and School Safety Commission, established in Section 53B-17-1203," is repealed
97     January 1, 2023.
98          (7) Subsections 62A-15-1100(1) and 62A-15-1101[(8)](9), in relation to the Utah
99     Substance Use and Mental Health Advisory Council, are repealed January 1, 2023.
100          (8) In relation to the Mental Health Crisis Line Commission, on July 1, 2023:
101          (a) Subsections 62A-15-1301(1) and 62A-15-1401(1) are repealed;
102          (b) Subsection 62A-15-1302(1)(b), the language that states "and in consultation with
103     the commission" is repealed;
104          (c) Section 62A-15-1303, the language that states "In consultation with the
105     commission," is repealed; [and]
106          (d) Subsection 62A-15-1402(2)(a), the language that states "With recommendations
107     from the commission," is repealed[.]; and
108          (e) Subsection 62A-15-1702(6) is repealed.
109          Section 4. Coordinating S.B. 89 with H.B. 32 -- Changing terminology.
110          If this S.B. 89 and H.B. 32, Crisis Services Amendments, both pass and become law, it
111     is the intent of the Legislature that the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, in
112     preparing the Utah Code database for publication, change the terminology in Subsection
113     62A-15-1702(6) of S.B. 89 from "Mental Health Crisis Line Commission" to "Behavioral
114     Health Crisis Response Commission."