Recent legislation relevant to the mission of the Mental Health Association in Delaware includes the following:
On September 10, 2018, Governor Carney signed three bills into law aimed at fighting the addiction epidemic and saving lives in Delaware. HS #1 for House Bill 440 creates an overdose system of care, Senate Bill 206 strengthens data sharing regarding the Prescription Monitoring Program to improve patient care, and Senate Bill 225, encourages providers and patients to utilize effective, non-opioid treatments for pain. These changes were all recommendations of the Behavioral Health Consortium and the Addiction Action Committee.
Senate Bill 245 established a Behavioral and Mental Health Commission to provide oversight to the state of Delaware’s behavioral and mental health care system, identify gaps in the system, and make periodic recommendations for improvement of the system. The Commission will also include a peer-review subcommittee. The bill was signed by the governor on September 6, 2016. View the text of SB 245 https://legiscan.com/DE/text/SB245/2015
Senate Bill 281 codifies the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition, whose mission is to reduce the rate of suicide in Delaware by implementing a state-wide plan developed by the coalition, which reflects the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The bill was signed by the governor on September 6, 2016. View the text of SB 281 (http://delcode.delaware.gov/sessionlaws/ga148/chp410.pdf)
House Bill 90 requires that all Delaware middle and high schools implement 90 minutes of suicide prevention education for their staff. The bill was signed by the governor on June 8, 2015. View the text of HB90 (https://legiscan.com/DE/text/HB90/2015)