ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Fifty-fifth Legislature

Second Regular Session

House: HHS DP 9-0-0-0


HB 2098: psychiatric assessment; nurse practitioners; reporting

Sponsor: Representative Cobb, LD 5

House Engrossed

Overview

Expands the list of professionals who may perform psychiatric assessments for minors to include psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners.

History

Statute defines a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner as a registered nurse who has completed an adult or family psychiatric and mental nurse practitioner program and is certified by the Arizona State Board of Nursing (A.R.S. 36-501).

Currently, psychologists, psychiatrists or physicians can conduct outpatient or inpatient assessments for minors and provide certain recommendations for outpatient and inpatient treatment services. Statute provides procedures for an entity to secure inpatient psychiatric acute care services or residential treatment services for children under their care (A.R.S. 8-272).

An entity means the Department of Child Safety, Department of Juvenile Corrections or a child welfare agency that has been granted legal care, custody and control of a child by order of the juvenile court and responsible for securing inpatient psychiatric acute care services or residential treatment services for a child. Entities include a probation department or juvenile detention center that either recommends or is ordered by the court to provide these services for a child (A.R.S. 8-271).

Provisions

1.   ☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal NoteEnables a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner to conduct inpatient and outpatient assessments for minors. (Sec. 1)

2.   Requires a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner to provide certain recommendations for a child after conducting an outpatient assessment or inpatient assessment. (Sec. 1)

3.   Directs a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner to provide the inpatient assessment to the entity within 72 hours after the child is admitted to an inpatient assessment facility. (Sec. 1)

4.   Adds psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners to the list of health professionals an entity can include in their motion for approval of admission for inpatient assessment with the juvenile court. (Sec.1)

5.   Specifies that if a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner performs the child's outpatient or inpatient assessment and recommends they receive inpatient acute care services, the entity must file the motion for inpatient psychiatric acute care services with the juvenile court. (Sec. 1)

6.   Specifies that if a psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner recommends that a child receive inpatient psychiatric services after conducting the inpatient assessment, the entity must file a motion for inpatient psychiatric acute care services no later than 24-hours after receiving the inpatient assessment. (Sec. 1)

7.   Defines psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner. (Sec. 1)

8.   Makes technical and conforming changes. (Sec. 1)

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