Maine LD 604: An Act To Encourage Communication Regarding Persons with Mental Illness

LD 604 (subjects: MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES , DELIVERY )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=604&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Richard Malaby of Hancock: (R – District 136) — e-mail | Facebook

9 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
3/3/2015 House Committee on Health and Human Services suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
3/5/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Brakey of Androscoggin, REFERRED to the Committee on Health and Human Services, in concurrence.
4/30/2015 Senate Pursuant to Joint Rule 310.3 Placed in Legislative Files (DEAD)

Bill Text

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An Act To Encourage Communication Regarding Persons with Mental Illness

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 22 MRSA 1711-C, sub- 6, R and S, as enacted by PL 1999, c. 512, Pt. A, 5 and affected by 7 and c. 790, Pt. A, 58 and 60, are amended to read:

R. To a member of the media who asks a health care facility about an individual by name, of brief confirmation of general health status unless expressly prohibited by the individual or a person acting pursuant to subsection 3-B; and
S. To a member of the public who asks a health care facility about an individual by name, of the room number of the individual and brief confirmation of general health status unless expressly prohibited by the individual or a person acting pursuant to subsection 3-B . ; and

Sec. 2. 22 MRSA 1711-C, sub- 6, T is enacted to read:

T. To a family member or guardian who provides daily protection to an individual with a mental health diagnosis who withholds consent for disclosure of health care information because of the individual’s compromised view of the individual’s mental health. A health care practitioner may, without the consent of the individual, provide health care information that the health care practitioner reasonably believes is necessary for the health, safety or welfare of the individual or for the safety of others. A health care practitioner is not liable for failing to make a disclosure if the health care practitioner determines in good faith that there is no serious or imminent threat and the disclosure would interfere with providing effective care.

SUMMARY

This bill allows a health care practitioner to disclose health care information to the parent or guardian of an individual with a mental health diagnosis who withholds consent because of the individual’s compromised view of that individual’s mental health. A health care practitioner is not liable for failing to make a disclosure if the practitioner determines in good faith that there is no serious or imminent threat and the disclosure would interfere with providing effective care.

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