The House moved forward with three bills related to mental health, while the Senate used a procedural move to advance the workers’ compensation expansion for mental health.
The Health and Welfare Committee is pushing to expand the scope of a bill making parental permission unnecessary for treatment related to sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Senate plans to use a procedural move to pass H.197, which would extend mental health coverage. Senate President Tim Ashe rejected concerns raised about costs.
The Legislature’s budget analysts say a bill to provide mental health parity in workers’ compensation would cost the state budget nothing in the next fiscal year and likely no more than $126,000 in fiscal 2019. The Joint Fiscal Office presented the estimate Friday to the House Appropriations Committee, which has been looking at the cost […]
The amended version of H.197 would cover mental health issues caused by an experience on the job. The provision creates a legal presumption that first responders could develop PTSD on the job.
The bill provides that any minor can seek mental health treatment for issues of gender identity or sexual orientation without the consent or knowledge of his or her parents.
S.133 requires an action plan from the Agency of Human Services to improve mental health treatment and calls for higher pay for mental health workers.
A House committee is considering an amendment to reduce the scope of the proposal. The governor said he’d prefer the bill’s focus be kept to first responders.
The bill passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee unanimously Friday and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
It passed a bill that’s expected to help. And Senate President Tim Ashe says he has asked the Human Services Agency for a plan to do more.
Rep. Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg, the chair of House Health Care, said the panel hopes to pass all four bills before crossover.
Community-based services, when properly resourced, will keep people suffering from mental health and addiction issues out of our emergency departments.
The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed S.3, which seeks to clarify mental health providers’ responsibilities when discharging a patient who may be dangerous.
The Vermont Senate passed a bill, S.14, on Friday that would extend the scope of a program that helps doctors recover from substance abuse. The voluntary Vermont Practitioner Health Program was designed to protect the public. Many doctors are referred to it by the Vermont Board of Medical Practice. If the bill becomes law, Vermont […]