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Acute Psychiatric Treatment Committee

Interim Committee Studies and Assignments

(8 members)

1012 § 5 Study the acute psychiatric hospitalization and related step down residential treatment and support needs of individuals with mental illness. The Legislative Management shall create an Acute Psychiatric Treatment Committee consisting of eight members to conduct the study. The Legislative Management Chairman shall designate the committee Chairman and Vice Chairman. The committee must complete the study by October 1, 2022. As part of the study, the committee shall gather input from stakeholders and other groups, including private hospitals, the Department of Human Services, and mental health advocates. The study must review options for a long-term plan for acute psychiatric hospitalization and related step down residential treatment and support needs in the state and short-term options during the next 2 bienniums to contract with private provider acute psychiatric care facilities to provide treatment services in four or more cities in the state, workforce needs of such specific locations, and options to replace the existing State Hospital facility with one or more treatment facilities focused on forensic psychiatric evaluation and treatment. The committee, with the approval of the Legislative Management, may obtain consulting services to determine the total number of acute care beds needed in the state and to develop recommendations for private provider contracts, treatment requirements and outcome measures, locations in the state, including private and public facilities, the future use of facilities at the State Hospital campus, including the LaHaug Building, and other items identified in subsection 3. The consulting services may also develop conceptual drawings for recommendations for a new State Hospital.

1470 § 1 Study the behavioral health needs of incarcerated adults. The study must consider the behavioral health needs of incarcerated adults, including access, availability, and delivery of services. The study also must include input from stakeholders, including representatives of law enforcement, social and clinical service providers, educators, medical providers, mental health advocacy organizations, emergency medical service providers, tribal government, state and local agencies and institutions, and family members.

2161 § 2 Study the implementation of expanded behavioral health services, including Section 1915(i) waiver implementation, capacity and utilization of the State Hospital, a behavioral health bed management system, and implementation of the recommendations of the 2018 North Dakota behavioral health system study conducted by the Human Services Research Institute.

2336 § 1 Study the occupational boards that address mental health and behavioral health issues which may include the State Board of Psychologist Examiners, Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners, Board of Counselor Examiners, Education Standards and Practices Board, North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners, and North Dakota Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board. The study must include a review of the rules adopted by the boards and consideration of the frequency with which the rules are reviewed, whether there are barriers to practice and barriers to admission of foreign practitioners, and whether there is adequate training for board members and executive directors of these boards.