Bill Text: TX HB305 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the screening of certain women for substance use and postpartum depression.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-07-25 - Referred to Public Health [HB305 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB305-Introduced.html
  85S11199 JG-D
 
  By: Ortega H.B. No. 305
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the screening of certain women for substance use and
  postpartum depression.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 32, Health and Safety Code, is amended by
  adding Subchapter E to read as follows:
  SUBCHAPTER E.  SUBSTANCE USE AND POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION SCREENING
         Sec. 32.081.  SUBSTANCE USE AND POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION
  SCREENING OF CERTAIN WOMEN. (a)  A physician or other person
  authorized by law to attend a pregnant woman or woman who has been
  pregnant at any time during the preceding year shall screen the
  woman for substance use and postpartum depression.
         (b)  The commission shall make available to physicians and
  other persons required to conduct a screening under Subsection (a)
  information that includes:
               (1)  guidance regarding the process for verbally
  screening a pregnant woman for substance use or a woman who has been
  pregnant for postpartum depression using a standardized and
  validated screening tool; and
               (2)  a list of substance use and postpartum depression
  treatment resources in each geographic region of this state.
         (c)  A physician or other person described by Subsection (a)
  is not required to comply with that subsection if the physician or
  other person determines compliance is not possible or would
  otherwise be inappropriate.
         SECTION 2.  As soon as practicable after the effective date
  of this Act, the executive commissioner of the Health and Human
  Services Commission shall adopt rules necessary to implement the
  changes in law made by this Act.
         SECTION 3.  (a)  Not later than June 1, 2018, the Health and
  Human Services Commission shall make the information described by
  Section 32.081, Health and Safety Code, as added by this Act,
  available to physicians and other persons authorized by law to
  attend a pregnant woman or a woman who has been pregnant at any time
  during the preceding year.
         (b)  A physician or other person described by Subsection (a)
  of this section is not required to conduct the screenings described
  by Section 32.081, Health and Safety Code, as added by this Act,
  before December 1, 2018.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect on the 91st day after the
  last day of the legislative session.
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