Bill Sponsors: IN SB0229 | 2019 | Regular Session

Bill Title: Psychotropic medication in foster care. Requires Medicaid restrictions on mental health drugs if: (1) federal financial participation is not available for reimbursement for the prescription; or (2) the child is under the care and supervision of the department of child services (department). Beginning January 1, 2020, requires the department to employ or contract with consultants who are licensed child and adolescent psychiatrists to review and provide written determinations and recommendations for each request to administer psychotropic medication to a child under the care and supervision of the department. Requires the department to: (1) approve a request for consent of a psychotropic medication if the consultant determines the requested psychotropic medication is appropriate and recommends approval of the request; and (2) deny a request for consent of a psychotropic medication if the consultant recommends denial of consent for the psychotropic medication. Sets forth time frames for review of the request for consent concerning psychotropic medication. Requires the department to develop a report to quarterly monitor prescriptions of psychotropic medication for children under the care and supervision of the department and provide the report to the mental health Medicaid quality advisory committee. Requires residential child care entities licensed by the department to: (1) obtain written instructions and consents before providing psychotropic medication to a child; and (2) maintain a record of information regarding the administration of psychotropic medication to a child. Allows for psychotropic medication to be administered without consent of the department in an emergency under specified circumstances and requires consent to be requested within 24 hours of the administration of the initial dose of medication.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-12 - Senators Breaux and Ford J.D. added as coauthors [SB0229 Detail]

Text: Latest bill text (Amended) [PDF]


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Senator Jean Breaux [D]CosponsorSponsored BillsSD-034FollowTheMoneyBallotpediaVoteSmart
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