8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill relates to mental health resources for first responders.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ defines terms; and
14 ▸ requires the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to administer a grant
15 program to provide mental health resources for first responders.
16 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17 This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2022:
18 ▸ to Department of Human Services -- Division of Substance Abuse and Mental
19 Health, Community Mental Health Services, as a one-time appropriation:
20 • from the General Fund, One-time, $1,000,000.
21 Other Special Clauses:
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 63I-2-262, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2020, Chapter 212
27 62A-15-120, Utah Code Annotated 1953
29 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30 Section 1. Section 62A-15-120 is enacted to read:
31 62A-15-120. Mental health resources for first responders grant program.
32 (1) As used in this section:
33 (a) "First responder" means:
34 (i) a law enforcement officer, as defined in Section 53-13-103;
35 (ii) an emergency medical technician, as defined in Section 26-8c-102;
36 (iii) an advanced emergency medical technician, as defined in Section 26-8c-102;
37 (iv) a paramedic, as defined in Section 26-8c-102;
38 (v) a firefighter, as defined in Section 34A-3-113;
39 (vi) a dispatcher, as defined in Section 53-6-102; or
40 (vii) a correctional officer, as defined in Section 53-13-104.
41 (b) "First responder district" means the same as that term is defined in Section
43 (c) "Mental health resources" means:
44 (i) an assessment to determine appropriate mental health treatment that is performed by
45 a mental health therapist;
46 (ii) outpatient mental health treatment provided by a mental health therapist; or
47 (iii) peer support services provided by a peer support specialist who is qualified to
48 provide peer support services under Subsection 62A-15-103(2)(h).
49 (d) "Mental health therapist" means the same as that term is defined in Section
51 (e) "Project" means a project to implement or expand a program that provides mental
52 health resources to first responders for which the division awards a grant under this section.
53 (2) On or before July 1, 2021, the division shall issue a project proposal request in
54 accordance with this section to award a grant to one or more first responder districts to
55 implement a project.
56 (3) The purpose of a project is to provide mental health resources for first responders.
57 (4) An application for a grant under this section shall:
58 (a) explain how first responders will benefit from the provision of mental health
59 resources; and
60 (b) provide details regarding:
61 (i) how the proposed project plans to provide mental health resources to first
62 responders in the first responder district;
63 (ii) the number of first responders served by the proposed project;
64 (iii) how the proposed project will ensure timely and effective provision of mental
65 health resources to first responders in the first responder district;
66 (iv) the cost of the proposed project; and
67 (v) the sustainability of the proposed project.
68 (5) In evaluating a project proposal for a grant under this section, the division shall
70 (a) the extent to which the proposed project will fulfill the purpose described in
71 Subsection (3);
72 (b) the extent to which the first responders that will be served by the proposed project
73 are likely to benefit from the proposed project;
74 (c) the cost of the proposed project; and
75 (d) the viability of the proposed project.
76 (6) Before June 30, 2022, the division shall report to the Law Enforcement and
77 Criminal Justice Interim Committee regarding:
78 (a) each first responder district awarded a grant under this section; and
79 (b) the details of each project.
80 (7) Before June 30, 2024, the division shall report to the Law Enforcement and
81 Criminal Justice Interim Committee regarding:
82 (a) any knowledge gained regarding provision of mental health resources to first
84 (b) data gathered in relation to each project;
85 (c) recommendations for the future use of mental health resources to first responders;
87 (d) obstacles encountered in the provision of mental health resources to first
89 Section 2. Section 63I-2-262 is amended to read:
90 63I-2-262. Repeal dates -- Title 62A.
91 (1) Subsection 62A-5-103.1(6) is repealed January 1, 2023.
93 (2) Section 62A-15-120 is repealed January 1, 2025.
94 Section 3. Appropriation.
95 The following sums of money are appropriated for the fiscal year beginning July 1,
96 2021, and ending June 30, 2022. These are additions to amounts previously appropriated for
97 fiscal year 2022. Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures
98 Act, the Legislature appropriates the following sums of money from the funds or accounts
99 indicated for the use and support of the government of the state of Utah.
100 ITEM 1
101 To Department of Human Services -- Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
102 From General Fund, One-time
103 Schedule of Programs:
104 Community Mental Health Services $1,000,000
105 The Legislature intends that:
106 (1) the appropriation under this item be used to award grants under Section
107 62A-15-120; and
108 (2) under Section 63J-1-603, the one-time appropriation provided under this item not
109 lapse at the close of fiscal year 2022 and the use of any non-lapsing funds is limited to the
110 purposes described in Subsection (1) of this item.