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HB 0535 - Mental health; patient advocacy board; create

Tracking Level: Passed
Sponsor: Butler,Mark 18th
Last Action: 5/6/2008 - House Date Signed by Governor
House Committee: H&HS
Senate Committee: H&HS

Staff Analysis of the Legislation

This bill repeals certain provisions relating to state ombudsman and community ombudsmen for mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases. It also creates the office of disability services ombudsman and provides for its organization and duties. The Governor shall identify at least 3 qualified persons to serve as ombudsman. No person shall discriminate or retaliate in any manner against any consumer, relative of a consumer, guardian or health care agent of a consumer, any employee of a services provider, or any other person for making a complaint or providing information in good faith to the ombudsman. Any person violating this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. No person providing information to the ombudsman shall be held to have violated any criminal law or to be civilly liable under any law unless such information is false and the person providing such information knew or had reason to believe that it was false. HB 535 also creates a medical review group appointed by the Governor to conduct medical reviews of all deaths of consumers in state hospitals or state operated community residential services.

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