Summary as introduced:
Study; mental health needs and treatment of young minority adults in the Commonwealth. Directs the Joint Commission on Behavioral Health Care, or its successor in interest, to study the mental health needs and treatment of young minority adults in the Commonwealth. In conducting its study, the Joint Commission on Behavioral Health Care shall (i) estimate the number of mentally disabled young adults in the Commonwealth by gender, race and ethnic group; (ii) identify the most prevalent mental disorders and their etiology among such groups; (iii) determine, to the extent possible, the number of racial and ethnic minority persons who receive mental health treatment each year and the facilities providing such care; (iv) determine whether mental health care providers are trained to provide culturally competent mental health treatment; (v) assess the need for culturally competent mental health treatment in Virginia; (vi) review federal and state laws and regulations governing the confidentiality of health care, mental health treatment, and medical records and identify the conditions and the extent to which medical records information may be disclosed to parents and family members to assist them in obtaining health, social services, and mental health treatment for mentally disabled young adults; (vii) recommend ways and alternatives, within the law, to provide parents and family members of mentally disabled young adults the ability to obtain needed health, social services, and mental health treatment for such persons without involuntary commitment; and (viii) consider such other related matters as the Commission determines necessary to address the objectives of this resolution.
The Joint Commission on Behavioral Health Care, or its successor in interest, must complete its meetings by November 30, 2003, and submit an executive summary of its findings and recommendations no later than the first day of the 2004 Regular Session of the General Assembly, indicating whether the Commission intends to submit to the Governor and the General Assembly a report of its findings and recommendations for publication as a document.Full text:
01/08/03 Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/06/03 038038460 pdf
01/08/03 Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/06/03 038038460
01/08/03 Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
01/27/03 Senate: Left in Rules