7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill requires the Department of Public Safety to create a database of voluntarily
10 provided information on individuals with mental illnesses, behavioral disorders, and
11 other neurological disorders for integration with the 911 emergency dispatch system.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 ▸ defines terms;
15 ▸ requires the Department of Public Safety to create a database;
16 ▸ requires the department to create a portal on the department's website for
17 individuals to provide certain information;
18 ▸ provides that the information in the database is not available to the public;
19 ▸ requires annual verification of the information;
20 ▸ provides for removal of the information;
21 ▸ requires the department to provide information to physicians; and
22 ▸ requires physicians to provide information to patients regarding the database.
23 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
25 Other Special Clauses:
27 Utah Code Sections Affected:
29 53-20-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
30 53-20-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
31 53-20-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
32 53-20-104, Utah Code Annotated 1953
33 53-20-105, Utah Code Annotated 1953
34 53-20-106, Utah Code Annotated 1953
36 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
37 Section 1. Section 53-20-101 is enacted to read:
39 53-20-101. Public safety database -- Definitions.
40 As used in this chapter:
41 (1) "Adult" means an individual 18 years old or older.
42 (2) "Child" means an individual under 18 years old.
43 (3) "Department" means the Department of Public Safety.
44 (4) "Disability" means an individual has been diagnosed by a physician as:
45 (a) having a mental illness;
46 (b) being on the autism spectrum;
47 (c) having a substance abuse disorder; or
48 (d) having neurological and developmental disorders.
49 (5) "Physician" means the same as that term is defined in Section 26-2-2.
50 Section 2. Section 53-20-102 is enacted to read:
51 53-20-102. Database creation.
52 (1) The department shall create and maintain a database containing specific
53 information submitted to the department regarding individuals with a disability.
54 (2) The database shall be integrated with the Utah Criminal Justice Information System
56 (a) provide a secure platform to manage the data; and
57 (b) provide public safety with accessibility for appropriate dissemination to first
59 Section 3. Section 53-20-103 is enacted to read:
60 53-20-103. Database information collection -- Who may provide -- Uses --
62 (1) The following individuals may provide information to the department:
63 (a) a parent or guardian of a child with a disability;
64 (b) a guardian or conservator of an adult with a disability;
65 (c) an individual residing with an adult with a disability; or
66 (d) the physician who provided the diagnosis.
67 (2) The department shall provide a portal on its website to facilitate gathering the
68 required information.
69 (3) If an individual listed in Subsection (1) chooses to enter the information of an
70 individual with a disability into the database, the following information shall be provided:
71 (a) legal name;
72 (b) date of birth;
73 (c) home address;
74 (d) physical description as required by the website;
75 (e) the individual's specific disability;
76 (f) proof of diagnosis from a physician;
77 (g) validation if there is a history of violence; and
78 (h) a photo.
79 (4) The information shall be stored in a database, as created in Section 53-20-102, that
80 is accessible to authorized public safety personnel and designed to provide a dispatcher
81 pertinent and timely information.
82 (5) Information in the database is not a public record and may not be made available to
83 the public.
84 Section 4. Section 53-20-104 is enacted to read:
85 53-20-104. Annual verification -- Removal.
86 (1) All information provided to the department shall be verified annually by the
87 department in a manner determined by the department, but shall consist of at least a letter
88 mailed to the address in the database entry requesting verification of the information. The letter
89 shall provide instructions for verifying an individual's information.
90 (2) If the department does not receive a response within 90 days, the address shall be
91 removed from the system at the end of the 90 day period.
92 Section 5. Section 53-20-105 is enacted to read:
93 53-20-105. Department to provide information to physicians -- Physicians to
94 provide information to patients.
95 (1) The department shall provide information regarding the database created in Section
96 53-20-102 to all physicians within the state. The information shall be in written form and
98 (a) eligible disabilities;
99 (b) who is eligible for inclusion;
100 (c) what information is required to be provided;
101 (d) how to provide the information;
102 (e) an explanation of the database;
103 (f) how an individual may be removed from the database; and
104 (g) how the individual may receive further information.
105 (2) A physician shall provide the information provided by the department to all patients
106 who may be eligible for inclusion.
107 Section 6. Section 53-20-106 is enacted to read:
108 53-20-106. Department to provide information and access to public safety
109 agencies - Training and access.
110 (1) The department shall provide information regarding the database created in Section
111 53-20-102 to all public safety agencies within the state. The information shall be in written
112 form and include:
113 (a) an explanation of the database;
114 (b) who is eligible for inclusion;
115 (c) what information is required to be provided;
116 (d) how to provide the information; and
117 (e) how an individual may be removed from the database.
118 (2) Access to the database shall be provided to all public safety employees with a valid
119 Utah Criminal Justice Information System login.
120 (3) Information shall be disseminated in accordance with the Utah Criminal Justice
121 Information System agreement.