Senate Bill (H)

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Psychotropic medication and the commission to combat drug abuse. Provides that the chairperson of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission) is a member appointed by the governor who is either the executive director for drug prevention, treatment, and enforcement or a member of the governor's staff. (Current law provides that the chairperson is a member of the governor's staff.) Specifies that the commission: (1) shall meet at the call of the chairperson, but at least four times in a calendar year; and (2) shall approve requests for substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. Allows limitations to be placed Psychotropic medication and the commission to combat drug abuse. Provides that the chairperson of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission) is a member appointed by the governor who is either the executive director for drug prevention, treatment, and enforcement or a member of the governor's staff. (Current law provides that the chairperson is a member of the governor's staff.) Specifies that the commission: (1) shall meet at the call of the chairperson, but at least four times in a calendar year; and (2) shall approve requests for substance abuse treatment and prevention programs. Allows limitations to be placed on medication under the Medicaid program for children under the care and supervision of the department of child services (department). Does the following beginning January 1, 2018, subject to the approval of the commission: (1) Requires the department to: (A) determine the psychotropic medications for which the department's consent is required before administration to a child who is under the care and supervision of the department and in an out-of-home placement; and (B) if consent is required, consult with a licensed and board certified child and adolescent psychiatric consultant before consenting to a request to administer psychotropic medication to such a child. (2) Specifies goals for the review and recommendations regarding consent for administration of psychotropic medication. (3) Requires the department to develop a report to monitor prescriptions of psychotropic medication for children who are under the care and supervision of the department and in an out-of-home placement and to develop educational materials regarding psychotropic medication that may be prescribed to such children. (4) Requires residential child care entities licensed by the department to obtain, if consent is required, written instructions and consents before providing psychotropic medication to a child who is under the care and supervision of the department and in an out-of-home placement, and to maintain a record of information regarding the administration of psychotropic medication to such a child. Provides that a contract to review and provide recommendations concerning the request for a consent to administer psychotropic medication may not be for a total amount that exceeds $2,500,000 for any two year period. ... View more