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HB41/CI/LM (BR195) - T. Burch, L. Belcher

     AN ACT relating to treatment of substance abuse.
     Create a new section of KRS Chapter 205 to require the Department for Medicaid Services to provide a substance abuse benefit and to require an annual report to the LRC concerning the status of substance abuse treatment in Kentucky; expand availability of drug naloxone by allowing a person or agency, including a peace officer or a first responder, to receive a naloxone prescription; create new sections of KRS Chapter 218A to provide immunity for persons seeking emergency help in drug overdose situations; prohibit substance abuse treatment programs from discriminating against pregnant women; amend KRS 218A.500 to permit a local health department to operate a hypodermic exchange; permit a peace officer to ask if an individual has a sharp object before a search and if the individual complies allow that object to not be charged as drug paraphernalia; amend KRS 202A.081 to expand community-based outpatient treatment for certain defendants; amend KRS 100.982 to mirror federal law; include noncodified language encouraging the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to study certain opioid treatment initiatives, establish an evidence-based treatment task force relating to the disease of addiction, develop county and regional wraparound teams for opioid addiction, collaborate with medical schools and post-graduate training programs to include ten hours of coursework on addiction for all medical professionals, increase continuing education units for medical and health professionals relating to the disease of addiction, and make legislative recommendations to the Interim Joint Committee on Health and welfare; require the Department of Criminal Justice Training to offer voluntary regionalized in-service training on the topic of heroin for law enforcement officers.

     Sep 26, 2014 - Prefiled by the sponsor(s).
     Nov 12, 2014 - To: Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare
     Jan 06, 2015 - introduced in House; to Judiciary (H)