House File 482 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 482 BY MEYER A BILL FOR An Act concerning rules requiring hospitals to establish 1 protocols regarding certain veterans seeking mental health 2 services and treatment. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 TLSB 2406HH (2) 87 ec/nh
H.F. 482 Section 1. Section 135B.7, Code 2017, is amended by adding 1 the following new subsection: 2 NEW SUBSECTION . 6. The department shall also adopt rules 3 requiring hospitals to establish and implement protocols for 4 providing transitional care for up to twenty-four hours for 5 needs of patients who are veterans, as defined in section 35.1, 6 who are seeking mental health services or treatment and who may 7 be at risk for causing harm to themselves or others without 8 such transitional care. 9 EXPLANATION 10 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 11 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 12 This bill requires the department of inspections and appeals 13 to adopt rules requiring hospitals to establish protocols for 14 providing transitional care for up to 24 hours for needs of 15 patients who are veterans and who may be at risk of causing 16 harm to themselves or others. 17 -1- LSB 2406HH (2) 87 ec/nh 1/ 1