2024 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Floor Approved)

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License Requirements for Prescribers of Behavioral Health Medication (language only)

Item 285 #2h

Item 285 #2h

Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions


Page 317, after line 26, insert "A."

Page 317, after line 29, insert:

"B. Effective July 1, 2024, as a condition for licensure, the Board of Medicine and the Board of Nursing shall require all practitioners with authority to prescribe behavioral health medications to children and adolescents to provide families with (i) a plan on medication management and access after hours and on weekends and holidays or in emergencies, (ii) a working means of contacting the prescriber either telephonically or electronically with a response time within 48 hours to address questions or concerns with prescribed behavioral health medications for children and adolescents, and (iii) guidance documents either in a paper format or through a website on how to obtain help related to medication management, prescription refills or medication overdose after hours. In addition, the Boards shall require that any provider that closes their practice must make medical records available to families no later than one week after closure.  The department shall have the authority to implement these changes prior to completion of any regulatory process undertaken in order to effect such change."    


(This amendment adds language setting forth conditions for licensure of practitioners with authority to prescribe behavioral health medications for children and adolescents.)