KMHC LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES – 2014 KY GA SESSION - Through 4/15/14


BILL #

TITLE

SPONSOR

DESCRIPTION

KMHC POSITION

CURRENT STATUS


ACTED UPON AT  DEC KMHC MEETING

HB 235

Budget Bill

Rand et al

Governor’s Budget Proposal; includes $19M for CMHCs to help address pension crisis

Advocate for funding for CMHCs & services

Passed House and Senate with differences, resolved in conf. Signed into law by the Governor! 

HB 220

Tax Reform

Wayne

Comprehensive Tax Reform

Supportive of tax reform; not necessarily this bill

In House A&R; no hearing as yet

??

Tax Reform

?

Governor’s Tax Reform Bill

Does not generate long-term sufficient revenue

Not introduced.  Other tax breaks in HB 445 will cost the state $29M annually in lost revenue

HB 70

Restore Voting Rights

Crenshaw et al

Amend KY Constitution to give automatic restoration of voting rights

Support

Passed House; significantly amended in Senate; House refused to concur, back to Senate.  Bill was never sent to conference committee to resolve differences.

HB 13

Gambling Treatment

Mills et al

Funding for gambling education, prevention and treatment

Support

Assigned to House Licensing & Occupations; never heard.

 

HB 10

Employment Opportunities

(Goodwill Bill)

Martha Jane King et al

Tax credits for employers who contract for work with persons with disabilities

Support

Assigned to House A&R; never heard.

HB 8

DVOs for Dating Partners

Tilley et al

Permit dating partners to obtain domestic violence orders

Support

Passed House Judiciary; recommitted to Judiciary after  abortion amendments filed

HB 166

Protection for victims

Jenkins

Prohibit landlords from refusing to rent if DVO

Support

Assigned to House Judiciary; never heard.

SB 85

Duty to Warn

Westerfield

Adds definition of patient in outpatient setting to current definition of patient as inpatient

Support

Passed Senate unanimously. Passed House unanimously with HB 221 pilot attached.  Senate did not concur; attempts to pass language on HB 125 failed

SB 98

Adult Protection Registry

Gregory & Harper Angel

Establishes registry for individuals with substantiated offenses of abusing adults

Support

Signed into law by Governor!

HB 256

Same as SB 98

Palumbo 

Same approach as in SB 98

Support

Passed House; not heard in Senate

HB 277

Protection of Patients in LTC

Jimmie Lee

Protection of LTC patients from staff who are abusive

Support

Passed House; not heard in Senate

HB 64

Expungement of felony record

Owens

Allows expungement of felony record if nonviolent and under certain conditions

Support

Passed House with amendments; assigned to Senate Judiciary; never heard

SB 50

Mandated OP Treatment

Denton

Uses Treatment Advocacy Center model to require  treatment before the individual is admitted to the hospital

No position taken [work has been done to revise the bill to meet concerns of consumers & family members; committee sub is ready to be filed]

In Senate A&R with Fiscal Note; never heard.  Revised language was never introduced.

HB 221

Court-Ordered OP Treatment

Burch

Expands on current statute to include additional services

No position taken [if SB 50 is amended, there will be more universal support of HB 221]

Passed House H&W; recommitted to House A&R; amended to SB 85 as a pilot project in 3 counties to reduce costs.  Passed House on SB 85, but Senate did not concur.  Attempts made to pass it with sunset clause on HB 125 on last day of the session; not successful.

HB 103

KRS 202A Revision

Gerald Watkins

Requires court to consult with family member or peace officer before adjudication

Not discussed at Dec. KMHC meeting; no position taken

Assigned to House Judiciary; never heard.


INTRODUCED SINCE DEC KMHC MEETING

HB 361

MCO Problems

Stumbo & Damron

Strengthens appeals process for consumers & providers

Reviewed at Feb KMHC meeting; support

Assigned to House H&W; posted in committee, but never heard

SB 52

Fine for Missed Appointments

Denton

Charge of $25 for missed appointment by Medicaid pt.

Reviewed at Feb KMHC meeting; oppose

Passed Senate with amendment. To House H&W; never heard.

SB 166

MCO Problems

Leeper

Strengthens appeals process for consumers & providers

Companion to HB 361; support

Passed Senate A&R; floor amendment filed; no floor vote


INTRODUCED SINCE FEB KMHC MEETING

HB 526

CMHC Funding

Tilley

Payments to CMHCs not less than cost-based payment system

Support

Assigned to House H&W; posted but not heard

HB 527

Integrated Care at CMHCs

Tilley

Allows CMHCs to provide primary physical care for clients

Support

Passed House with amendment; passed Senate.  Signed into law by the Governor.

 

Bills which passed in the 2014 KY General Assembly session and will become law on or about July 15, 2014!

 

 

HB 235 – Biennial Budget for State Fiscal Years 15 and 16:

The funding amount for the CMHCs in the final budget was the amount proposed in the Governor's budget and in the House budget: $24,825,700 for KERS (state retirement) each year of the biennium, which includes $19,638,200 new dollars each year to be shared among the CMHCs in the state retirement system, based on their contributions to KERS.  Other State General Fund (SGF) dollars typically in the budget for Community Care (for those with no payer source) were removed, based on the premise that everyone will have a payer under the ACA.

 

Also in the budget were expansions of these Medicaid Waiver programs:

(a)  Supports for Community Living - a total of 440 new slots added over the 2014-2016 fiscal biennium;

(b)  Acquired Brain Injury – a total of 303 new slots added (120 of them long-term) over the 2014-2016 fiscal biennium; and

(c)  Michelle P – 500 new slots added over the 2014-2016 fiscal biennium.

 

OTHER BILLS OF INTEREST

SB 5

Heroin

Stine

Addressing heroin addiction and punishment for selling

No Position Taken

Passed Senate; Passed House Committee; floor amendments filed.  House failed to pass.

SB 200

Revision Juvenile Justice Code

Westerfield; Tilley in the House

Legislation based on Pew study to revise & update juvenile code; more treatment, less jail

No Position Taken

Passed Senate.  Passed House with Committee Sub.  Signed into law by the Governor!

HB 16

Licensure for CADCs

Jenkins

Would move certified alcohol & drug counselors to licensure

No Position Taken

Passed House; not heard in Senate. Filed as amendment on SB 5

SB 61

Licensure for Pastoral Counselor

Forgy Kerr

Moves certified fee-based pastoral counselor to licensure status

No Position Taken

Passed Senate; passed House.  Signed into law by Governor!

HB 240

Involuntary Commitment for Substance Abuse

Jenkins

Creates mechanism for persons who are incapacitated by alcohol or drugs to be treated

No Position Taken

Passed House; not heard in Senate. Filed as amendment on SB 5

SB 7

Prescribing by APRNs

Hornback

Drop collaborative agreement requirement after 4 years.

No Position Taken

Passed Senate; passed House.  Signed into law by Governor!

 







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