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ARIZONA STATE SENATE

Fifty-Fifth Legislature, Second Regular Session

 

FACT SHEET FOR H.B. 2098

 

psychiatric assessment; nurse practitioners; reporting

Purpose

            Includes psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNP) in the list of health professionals authorized to conduct psychiatric assessments of minors and make subsequent recommendations regarding appropriate services.

Background

If a child exhibits behavior that indicates the child may suffer from a mental disorder or is a danger to self or others, an entity may request that the child receive an inpatient or outpatient assessment. An inpatient and outpatient psychiatric assessment of a minor and subsequent recommendations for appropriate services are to be provided only by a psychologist, psychiatrist or physician.

If the psychologist, psychiatrist or physician who performed the assessment recommends that the child receive inpatient acute care psychiatric services, the provider may file a motion for inpatient psychiatric acute care services with the juvenile court. If the psychologist, psychiatrist or physician makes this recommendation after conducting an inpatient assessment, the entity must file the motion for inpatient psychiatric acute care services within 24 hours after the completion of the inpatient assessment, excluding weekends and holidays. The name of the psychologist, psychiatrist or physician who is likely to perform the assessment must be included in the motion (A.R.S. § 8-272).

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

               There is no anticipated fiscal impact to the state General Fund associated with this legislation.

Provisions

1.   Allows PMHNPs to:

a)   conduct an inpatient or outpatient psychiatric assessment of minors; and

b)   make subsequent recommendations regarding appropriate services for the child, including filing any motions with the juvenile court required as a result of the recommendation.

2.   Applies, to PMHNPs, existing minor psychiatric assessment requirements of psychologists, psychiatrists and physicians.

3.   Defines PMHNP.

4.   Makes technical and conforming changes.

5.   Becomes effective on the general effective date.

House Action

HHS                1/24/22      DP     9-0-0-0

3rd Read          2/3/22                   59-0-1

Prepared by Senate Research

March 21, 2022

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