House File 449 - Reprinted HOUSE FILE 449 BY COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RESOURCES (SUCCESSOR TO HF 263) (As Amended and Passed by the House March 12, 2015 ) A BILL FOR An Act relating to the development and initial implementation 1 of an inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system by the 2 department of human services. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 HF 449 (3) 86 rh/rj/md
H.F. 449 Section 1. INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC BED TRACKING SYSTEM —— 1 DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES. The department of human services 2 shall expend the sum of two hundred thousand dollars, or so 3 much thereof as is necessary, for the fiscal year beginning 4 July 1, 2015, and ending June 30, 2016, to be used for the 5 development and initial implementation of an inpatient 6 psychiatric bed tracking system in accordance with this 7 section. 8 1. In developing the requirements for procurement of the 9 system, the department of human services shall engage the 10 group of magistrates and hospital personnel that assisted the 11 department in developing the hospital bed tracking system 12 report submitted to the general assembly in December 2013, 13 pursuant to 2013 Iowa Acts, chapter 130, section 56. The 14 department shall also engage other interested representatives, 15 including representatives of the regional mental health and 16 disability services system, the state mental health institutes, 17 the Iowa behavioral health association, the Iowa state 18 sheriffs’ and deputies’ association, and the Iowa association 19 of community providers. The procedural issues addressed by the 20 group shall include but are not limited to the responsibility 21 for data entry and verification, timeliness of data entry, 22 confidentiality requirements associated with the data needed to 23 ensure the usefulness of the system, and key characteristics 24 and capacity information about the beds in the system. 25 2. The department shall base the procurement requirements 26 on the recommendation option contained in the December 2013 27 report that projected the lowest annual maintenance and 28 operating costs rather than the other option. 29 3. Upon a court-ordered mental health commitment of an adult 30 or a child, the clerk of the district court shall utilize the 31 electronic tracking system, once in place, to enter information 32 into the system relating to the court order, check the database 33 for the availability of open inpatient psychiatric hospital 34 beds, and, if available, reserve the inpatient psychiatric 35 -1- HF 449 (3) 86 rh/rj/md 1/ 2
H.F. 449 hospital bed in the facility or institution to which a patient 1 who is the subject of the mental health commitment order should 2 be assigned. Once reserved, the bed cannot be assigned to any 3 other person. 4 -2- HF 449 (3) 86 rh/rj/md 2/ 2