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National Association of Social Workers Profile Report – 3/15/2020

Aging

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 33 (SB 153)

Del. Michele Guyton et al.

Criminal Law - Abuse or Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult - Causing Severe Emotional Distress

Prohibiting a certain person from intentionally and maliciously inflicting severe emotional distress on a vulnerable adult; and applying a penalty of imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Referred Judicial Proceedings (3/13)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Prohibits a caregiver, parent, or other person who is permanently or temporarily caring for a vulnerable adult from abusing or neglecting him/her in a way that causes severe emotional distress. Applies the same prohibition to family or other household members.

 

SB 153 (HB 33)

Sen. Chris West

Criminal Law - Abuse or Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult - Causing Severe Emotional Distress

Prohibiting a certain person from causing abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult that causes severe emotional distress to the vulnerable adult; and altering the definition of "abuse" of a vulnerable adult by adding deceptive or misleading statements made with a malicious intent toward the vulnerable adult, destruction or harm to an animal owned by a vulnerable adult, and the malicious distribution, display, or transmission of information about the vulnerable adult on social media without permission.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 1/22 at 3:00 p.m. (1/13)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 304

Del. Emily Shetty et al.

Consumer Protection - Unfair, Abusive, or Deceptive Trade Practices - Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults

Authorizing the Division of Consumer Protection in the Office of the Attorney General to bring a certain action under the Consumer Protection Act against a person who violates a certain provision of criminal law regarding the exploitation of a vulnerable adult; adding a violation of a certain provision of criminal law regarding the exploitation of a vulnerable adult to the unfair, abusive, or deceptive trade practices that are subject to enforcement and penalties under the Act; etc.

Committees:
Economic Matters; Judiciary

Status:
Third Reading Passed (131-0) (3/15)

Position:


Comment:
This will not be the bill that moves forward

 

HB 320 (SB 702)

Del. Emily Shetty et al.

Criminal Law - Exploitation of Vulnerable Adult or Elderly Individual - Undue Influence

Altering the definition of "undue influence" for purposes of provisions of law prohibiting the exploitation of certain vulnerable adults or individuals at least 68 years old that results in inequity; requiring a court, in determining whether a transfer of property was induced by undue influence, to consider certain factors; and applying the Act prospectively.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Referred Judicial Proceedings (2/28)

Position:


Comment:
Bill passed the House 137-0

 

SB 702 (HB 320)

Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher

Criminal Law - Exploitation of Vulnerable Adult or Elderly Individual - Undue Influence

Altering the definition of "undue influence" for purposes of provisions of law prohibiting the exploitation of certain vulnerable adults or individuals at least 68 years old; requiring a court, in determining whether a transfer of property was induced by undue influence, to consider certain factors; and applying the Act prospectively.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 2/20 at 12:00 p.m. (2/6)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 456 (SB 725)

Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes et al.

Maryland Department of Health - Public Health Outreach Programs - Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Disease, and Other Types of Dementia

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health, in partnership with the Department of Aging, the Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council, and the Alzheimer's Association, to incorporate information regarding cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, and other types of dementia into relevant public health outreach programs administered by the Maryland Department of Health in order to educate health care providers and increase understanding of matters related to certain types of cognitive impairment; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Referred Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (2/28)

Position:
No Position

Comment:
Bill passed the House 137-0

 

SB 725 (HB 456)

Sen. Clarence Lam et al.

Maryland Department of Health - Public Health Outreach Programs - Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Disease, and Other Types of Dementia

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health, in partnership with the Department of Aging, the Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council, and the Alzheimer's Association, to incorporate certain information regarding cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, and other types of dementia into relevant public health outreach programs administered by the Maryland Department of Health.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing 3/12 at 1:00 p.m. (2/6)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

HB 498

Del. Terri Hill et al.

Department of Aging - Grants for Aging-in-Place Programs - Funding

Requiring that the Governor include in the annual budget bill an appropriation of at least $1,000,000 to be used to make grants to certain nonprofit organizations and area agencies on aging to expand and establish aging-in-place programs for seniors; requiring at least 10% of the appropriated funding be used to support senior villages; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/16 at 10:00 a.m. (3/15)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Written testimony provided

 

HB 564 (SB 670)

Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith et al.

Department of Aging - Assisted Living Program Subsidies - Determinations

Requiring the Secretary of Aging to pay to certain low-income seniors a $1,000 subsidy from State general funds to help low-income seniors reside in assisted living programs; increasing, except under certain circumstances, a certain subsidy in effect for certain periods of time based on annual growth in a certain consumer price index; requiring the Secretary, beginning March 1, 2023, to determine and announce the growth in the consumer price index over a certain period of time, if any, and a new subsidy for low-income seniors; etc.

Committees:
Budget and Taxation; Finance

Status:
Referred Finance Budget and Taxation (3/12)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Written testimony provided

 

SB 670 (HB 564)

Sen. Craig Zucker et al.

Department of Aging - Assisted Living Program Subsidies - Determinations

synopsis same as CF HB 564

Committees:
Budget and Taxation; Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m. (Finance) (2/7)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Written testimony provided

 

HB 584 (SB 965)

Hettleman

Day Care Centers for the Elderly and Day Care Centers for Adults - Reimbursement

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to reimburse day care centers for the elderly and day care centers for adults for a day of care even if the day care center could not provide the minimum 4 hours of care in a day because of a weather-related closure or a medical emergency experienced by the participant while at the center.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m. (1/31)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

SB 965 (HB 584)

Hettleman

Day Care Centers for the Elderly and Day Care Centers for Adults - Reimbursement

synopsis same as CF HB 584

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

HB 631 (SB 444)

Del. Julie Carr et al.

State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators - Board Membership

Repealing the requirement that the Secretary of Health make certain recommendations for the appointment of certain members of the State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators after consulting with certain associations and societies; and requiring the Secretary to recommend to the Governor professionals who have certain qualifications for certain appointments to the Board.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Favorable Adopted Second Reading Passed (3/15)

Position:
No Position

Comment:
As passed the House, the bill only makes adjustment to the Board and strips out the provisional licensing requirements.

 

SB 444 (HB 631)

Sen. Delores Kelley

State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators - Board Membership

synopsis same as CF HB 631

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Favorable Adopted Second Reading Passed (3/14)

Position:
No Position

Comment:
Bill passed the Senate

 

HB 745

Del. Dana Stein

Office of the Attorney General - Senior and Vulnerable Adult Asset Recovery Unit

Establishing the Senior and Vulnerable Adult Asset Recovery Unit in the Office of the Attorney General for the purpose of protecting seniors and vulnerable adults from financial crimes under § 8-801 of the Criminal Law Article; authorizing the Unit to bring civil actions for damages against certain persons; requiring the Governor, beginning in fiscal year 2022, to appropriate at least $250,000 for the Unit; requiring the Unit to use the funds to hire new staff and investigate and assist prosecution by the Unit; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations; Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m. (Judiciary) (2/10)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Cross with SB 407

 

HB 780 (SB 481)

Del. Jesse Pippy et al.

Criminal Law - Crime of Violence - Vulnerable Adult

Altering certain definitions of "crime of violence" to include a certain offense of abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult in the first degree.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m. (2/3)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Alters the term “crime of violence” to include the abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult (one who lacks the physical or mental capacity to provide his/her daily needs) in the first degree.

Written testimony provided

 

SB 481 (HB 780)

Sen. Susan Lee et al.

State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy - Annual Report - Crimes of Violence

Requiring the State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy to report by December 1, 2021 and each December 1 thereafter, to the Governor, the House Judiciary Committee, and the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, certain information for the preceding calendar year for cases involving a crime of violence; requiring the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, in consultation with the Commission, to analyze the use of American Bar Association pleas in calendar year 2019 and submit a certain report; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing canceled (3/14)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Written testimony provided

As amended, the bill appears to be one that will collect data on plea agreements. This no longer has to do specifically with vulnerable adults.

 

HB 977 (SB 981)

Del. Ariana Kelly

Workgroup to Study Long-Term Care Medicaid Eligibility and Payments to Providers

Establishing the Workgroup to Study Long-Term Care Medicaid Eligibility and Payments to Providers; providing for the composition, cochairs, and staffing of the Workgroup; requiring the Workgroup to study and make recommendations regarding certain matters; requiring the Workgroup to submit an interim and a final report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, respectively; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m. (2/14)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

SB 981 (HB 977)

Sen. Mary Washington et al.

Workgroup to Study Long-Term Care Medicaid Eligibility and Payments to Providers

synopsis same as CF HB 977

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/28 at 12:00 p.m. (2/17)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

HB 1010

Del. Gabriel Acevero et al.

Health Care Facilities - Discrimination (LGBTQ Senior Bill of Rights)

Prohibiting certain facilities or certain staff from discriminating against certain individuals or residents on certain bases; requiring certain facilities to post a certain notice next to the facility's nondiscrimination policy in certain locations; requiring certain facilities to include a certain notice in certain materials; providing for the contents of the notice; requiring that all residents of a certain facility be informed of and have certain rights; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Prohibits a comprehensive care or extended care facility or its staff from discriminating against an individual or a resident based on the actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender expression, or HIV status of the individual or resident, and post a notice to that effect that also includes how to file a complaint with the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman for violations.

 

HB 1063 (SB 969)

Del. Carol Krimm

Health Care Facilities - Assisted Living Programs - Regulations, Staffing, and Training

Requiring that certain regulations adopted by the Maryland Department of Health relating to assisted living programs include requiring an assisted living program to complete a certain assessment tool within a certain period of time and requiring a certain program manager to invite certain individuals to participate in certain resident assessments; requiring that certain assisted living programs have certain staff-to-resident ratios at certain assisted living program facilities under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn (3/5)

Position:
No Position

Comment:
Establishes training requirements for direct care staff members in assisted living facilities, as well as staff to resident ratio standards. Also requires that current regulations regarding assisted living programs include a requirement to complete a resident assessment tool within a certain time and that the facility program manager invite a family member, power of attorney, or primary care giver to participate in the assessment process for both current and prospective residents.

 

SB 969 (HB 1063)

Sen. Mary Washington

Health Care Facilities - Assisted Living Programs - Regulations, Staffing, and Training

synopsis same as CF HB 1063

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn (3/5)

Position:
No Position

Comment:
Committee has gotten additional information and are considering testifying in support of the bill

 

HB 1091 (SB 863)

Del. Mike McKay et al.

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Long-Term Care Services and Supports - Personal Needs Allowance

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to establish a personal needs allowance of not less than $450 per month or $5,400 per year for certain Maryland Medical Assistance Program recipients who receive certain long-term care services and supports.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/04 at 1:00 p.m. (2/14)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

SB 863 (HB 1091)

Sen. George Edwards

Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Long-Term Care Services and Supports - Personal Needs Allowance

synopsis same as CF HB 1091

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/28 at 12:00 p.m. (2/17)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

HB 1163 (SB 642)

Del. Bonnie Cullison et al.

Home- and Community-Based Waiver Services - Alterations and Task Force

Altering the required contents of a certain waiver submitted by the Maryland Department of Health to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; requiring the Department to send monthly letters to individuals who are eligible or likely to be eligible for waiver participation; requiring that certain letters be sent in a sufficient quantity to allow at least 7,500 individuals to participate in the waiver; requiring the Department to ensure that certain individuals receive certain services within a certain period of time; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

SB 642 (HB 1163)

Sen. Delores Kelley et al.

Home- and Community-Based Waiver Services - Study and Task Force

Altering the required contents of a certain waiver submitted by the Maryland Department of Health to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; requiring the Department to send monthly letters to individuals who are eligible or likely to be eligible for waiver participation; requiring that certain letters be sent in a sufficient quantity to allow for at least 7,500 individuals to participate in the waiver; requiring the Department to ensure that certain individuals receive certain services within a certain period of time; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Third Reading Passed (44-0) (3/15)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

HB 1168 (SB 897)

Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes et al.

Maryland Department of Health - Residential Service Agencies - Training Requirements

Requiring each residential service agency to ensure that certain individuals receive certain training relating to dementia; requiring each residential service agency to ensure that individuals providing certain training have certain experience and have completed certain training; requiring the Maryland Department of Health to provide a certain list of training programs to each residential service agency; requiring an individual employed as a residential service agency's direct care or supervisory staff to complete certain training; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

SB 897 (HB 1168)

Sen. Katie Hester

Maryland Department of Health - Residential Service Agencies - Training Requirements

Requiring each residential service agency to ensure that certain individuals receive certain training relating to dementia; requiring each residential service agency to ensure that individuals providing certain training have certain experience and have completed certain training; requiring the Maryland Department of Health to provide a list of training programs to each residential agency; requiring an individual employed as a residential service agency's direct care or supervisory staff to complete certain training; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:
No Position

Comment:

 

HB 1282

Del. Johnny Mautz et al.

Criminal Procedure - Vulnerable Adult Abuse Registry

Establishing a vulnerable adult abuse registry; requiring the Maryland Department of Health to establish and maintain a registry containing the names of certain individuals who have been found by a State agency to have abused, neglected or exploited a vulnerable adult; requiring that names and information contained in the registry be available for public inspection; requiring a State agency that makes a certain finding to notify the Department in a certain manner; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Position:


Comment:
There are several vulnerable adult registry bills; will finalize whether to be involved or not.

 

HB 1527 (SB 833)

Del. Jazz Lewis

Adult Protective Services - Vulnerable Adults Registry - Investigations and Records of Abuse and Neglect and Workgroup Study

Authorizing the Social Services Administration to establish and maintain a centralized confidential database for abused and neglected vulnerable adults; authorizing the Department of Human Services or a local department of social services to identify in the database an individual as responsible for abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult in certain circumstances; establishing a Workgroup to Study Best Practices for a Vulnerable Adult Registry in Maryland; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Position:


Comment:
This bill establishes new provisions for investigating suspected abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults.

 

SB 833 (HB 1527)

Sen. Joanne Benson et al.

Adult Protective Services - Vulnerable Adults Registry - Investigations and Records of Abuse and Neglect and Workgroup Study

synopsis same as CF HB 1527

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 3/04 at 12:00 p.m. (2/6)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1615 (SB 966)

Del. Ariana Kelly

Health Facilities - Assisted Living Programs - Referrals and Licenses

Authorizing the Office of the Attorney General to seek certain injunctive or other relief for a certain purpose under certain circumstances; prohibiting a person from knowingly and willfully referring another person to a certain assisted living program; establishing certain penalties for certain violations of the Act; requiring the Secretary of Health to remit certain penalties to the Office of Health Care Quality for a certain purpose; etc.

Committees:
Rules and Executive Nominations

Status:
First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations (2/19)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 966 (HB 1615)

Hettleman

Health Facilities - Assisted Living Programs - Referrals and Licenses

synopsis same as CF HB 1615

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Third Reading Passed (44-0) (3/15)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 407

Sen. Benjamin Kramer et al.

Office of the Attorney General - Senior and Vulnerable Adult Asset Recovery Unit

Establishing the Senior and Vulnerable Adult Asset Recovery Unit in the Office of the Attorney General for the purpose of protecting seniors and vulnerable adults from financial crimes under § 8-801 of the Criminal Law Article; authorizing the Unit to bring civil actions for damages against certain persons; requiring the Governor, beginning in fiscal year 2022, to appropriate at least $250,000 for the Unit; requiring the Unit to use the funds to hire new staff and investigate and assist the Unit in bringing civil actions; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations; Judiciary

Status:
Hearing canceled (Judiciary) and Hearing canceled (Appropriations) (3/14)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Crossfile is HB 745

Written testimony provided

The bill passed the Senate

 

 

Behavioral Health

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 262

Chair, Judiciary Committee et al.

Criminal Procedure - Examination of Defendant by Maryland Department of Health - Access to Judicial Records

Requiring that the Maryland Department of Health have access to certain information maintained by the Judiciary about a criminal defendant who is subject to a certain examination, committed to the Health Department, or on conditional release under certain circumstances; and requiring the Department and the Judiciary to enter into an agreement regarding certain matters before exchanging any information.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Second Reading Passed (3/15)

Position:


Comment:
Bill passed the House

 

HB 332 (SB 441)

Del. Heather Bagnall et al.

Mental Health - Confidentiality of Medical Records and Emergency Facilities List

Providing that the list of emergency facilities the Maryland Department of Health is required to publish may include comprehensive crisis response centers, crisis stabilization centers, and crisis treatment centers.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing canceled (3/15)

Position:


Comment:
List published as to where people can be taken who are in crisis; previously limited to hospital emergency rooms.

 

SB 441 (HB 332)

Sen. Antonio Hayes et al.

Mental Health - Emergency Facilities List - Comprehensive Crisis Response Centers, Crisis Stabilization Centers, and Crisis Treatment Centers

Providing that the list of emergency facilities the Maryland Department of Health is required to publish may include comprehensive crisis response centers, crisis stabilization centers, and crisis treatment centers; and requiring the Department to give the list to each local behavioral health authority.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Third Reading Passed (134-0) (3/15)

Position:


Comment:

 

 

CY&F

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 206 (SB 207)

Del. Carol Krimm et al.

Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter and Supportive Services

Authorizing a certain unaccompanied minor in need of shelter to consent to shelter and supportive services if the service provider believes the minor understands the risks, benefits, and limits of certain services and can communicate an informed consent; authorizing an unaccompanied minor who is a parent in need of shelter to consent to shelter and supportive services for the minor's child; requiring a certain service provider to contact a parent, guardian or adult relative of an unaccompanied minor within 72 hours or sooner; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Favorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (3/16)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Support through CPMC

 

SB 207 (HB 206)

Sen. Mary Washington et al.

Unaccompanied Minors in Need of Shelter and Supportive Services

Authorizing a certain unaccompanied minor in need of shelter to consent to shelter and supportive services under certain circumstances; authorizing an unaccompanied minor who is a parent to consent to shelter and supportive services for the minor's child; requiring a certain service provider to contact a parent, a guardian, or an adult relative of an unaccompanied minor within 72 hours; requiring a service provider to develop procedures to screen staff members who work with minors including a criminal history check; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Hearing 3/19 at 1:00 p.m. (3/11)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Support through CPMC

The bill passed the Senate

 

HB 369 (SB 586)

Del. Kathleen Dumais

Foster Parents, Preadoptive Parents, and Caregivers - Right to Intervene

Requiring the circuit court to provide notice to a child's foster parent, preadoptive parent, or caregiver of the right to intervene as a party in a certain proceeding except under certain circumstances; granting certain rights to certain individuals in certain proceedings; granting the right to intervene in certain proceedings and the right to obtain all nonprivileged information in documents pertaining to the placement of a child; requiring a party who asserts that information in a document is privileged is required to meet certain criteria; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Judiciary; Withdrawn (3/6)

Position:
Oppose

Comment:
Opposed through CPMC

 

SB 586 (HB 369)

Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher et al.

Foster Parents, Preadoptive Parents, and Caregivers - Request to Intervene

Requiring the circuit court to provide notice to a child's foster parent, preadoptive parent, or caregiver of the right to request to be designated as a party in a certain proceeding except under certain circumstances; authorizing a court, in its discretion, to grant certain status to certain parties in certain proceedings; requiring a court to grant certain status to certain parties in certain proceedings; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing canceled (3/14)

Position:
Oppose

Comment:
Originally opposed through CPMC

The bill was significantly amended on the Senate floor and passed.

 

HB 460

Del. Emily Shetty et al.

Department of Human Services - Child Abuse Prevention - Online Course

Requiring the Department of Human Services to post on its website a free online course on the identification, prevention, and reporting of child abuse.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing canceled (3/15)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
The bill has passed the House

 

HB 522 (SB 572)

Del. Harry Bhandari et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2019: HB 1137 -

Education - Home and Hospital Teaching Program for Students - Report

Requiring the State Department of Education to study certain matters relating to the Home and Hospital Teaching Program for Students and make recommendations regarding any statutory or regulatory changes to the program; requiring, by December 31, 2020, the Department to submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the State Board of Education, and the General Assembly; and terminating the Act after June 30, 2021.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m. (2/4)

Position:


Comment:
Requires MSDE to:

  1. Assess whether students receiving instructional services through the program are provided with adequate support and instructional time to successfully transition back to a classroom setting
  2. Analyze whether local school systems have sufficient staffing to coordinate instructional services for the average number of students in the program in a school system
  3. Study whether transition plans for students returning to the classroom should be implemented, and if so, whether it would be viable for school counselors to lead and develop the transition plans for the students
  4. Assess whether any transition plans should be reviewed or evaluated by a licensed medical professional before being implemented by the local school system
  5. Make recommendations regarding statutory or regulatory changes needed for the program.

 

SB 572 (HB 522)

Sen. Cory McCray

Education - Home and Hospital Teaching Program for Students - Report

Requiring the State Department of Education to study certain matters relating to the Home and Hospital Teaching Program for Students and make recommendations regarding any statutory or regulatory changes to the program; requiring, by December 31, 2020, the Department to submit its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the State Board of Education, and the General Assembly; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m. (2/5)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 628

Del. Pam Queen et al.

Health Occupations - Primary Care Providers - Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening

Establishing the Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening Grant Program to provide grants to primary care providers who provide care for minors to implement certain screening tools to identify and treat minors with mental health disorders related to an adverse childhood experience; establishing the Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening Grant Program Fund; requiring the Maryland Department of Health to establish a course on integrating mental and physical health care in a primary care setting on or before January 1, 2022; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 2/26 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 666

Del. Pam Queen et al.

Workgroup on Screening Related to Adverse Childhood Experiences

Establishing the Workgroup on Screening Related to Adverse Childhood Experiences; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Workgroup; requiring the Workgroup to update, improve, and develop certain screening tools, submit certain screening tools to the Maryland Department of Health, and study and make recommendations on the actions a primary care provider should take after screening a minor for a mental health disorder that may be caused by or related to an adverse childhood experience; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 2/26 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Support through CPMC

 

HB 670

Chair, Judiciary Committee et al.

Family Law - Investigation of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect - Preliminary Report to State's Attorney

Repealing a requirement that a local department of social services or law enforcement agency provide a local State's Attorney with a report of the preliminary findings of an investigation of suspected child abuse or neglect within 10 days after receiving notice of suspected child abuse or neglect.

Committees:


Status:
Referred Rules (3/13)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Support through CPMC

 

HB 711

Del. Anne Kaiser et al.

Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center - Inclusion of Out-of-Home Placement Data

Including placement data from State-sponsored out-of-home care organizations in the data collected, organized, managed, disaggregated, and analyzed by the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center; altering the purpose of the Center to include generating information about children who were provided with State-sponsored out-of-home care that can be used to improve the State's education and child welfare systems; requiring the Center to publish on its website an easy-to-understand data dashboard with certain information; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Referred Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (3/10)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 754 (SB 564)

Del. Michele Guyton et al.

Education - High School Graduation Requirements - Students in Foster Care or Homeless Youth

Requiring a county board of education to waive high school graduation requirements established by the county board that are in addition to high school graduation requirements established by the State Board of Education for a student in foster care or who is a homeless youth if while in grade 11 or 12 the youth transfers into the local school system from a different system in the State or transfers between high schools in the local school system; prohibiting a county board from waiving certain requirements; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
Hearing 2/19 at 1:00 p.m. (2/4)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Support through CPMC

 

SB 564 (HB 754)

Sen. Mary Washington et al.

Education - High School Graduation Requirements - Students in Foster Care or Homeless Youth

Requiring a county board of education to waive certain high school graduation requirements that are in addition to high school graduation requirements established by the State Board of Education for a student in foster care or who is a homeless youth if while in grade 11 or 12 the student transfers into the local school system from a different system in the State; prohibiting a county board from waiving certain requirements if it makes a finding that the student is reasonably capable of completing certain graduation requirements; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
Referred Ways and Means (3/12)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Support through CPMC

 

HB 820

Del. Susan McComas et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2019: HB 1252 -
2018: HB 600 - Monitor

Child Abuse and Neglect - Training of Health Care Professionals

Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to provide boards authorized to take action against certain persons who knowingly fail to report suspected child abuse with a list of recommended courses relating to the obligation to report child abuse and neglect and the identification of abused children; requiring certain boards to post certain information on each board's website, provide information about recommended courses to certain health care professionals, or advertise the availability of certain recommended courses; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 2/20 at 1:00 p.m. (2/4)

Position:


Comment:
Requires the Department of Health to provide state health occupations boards a list of generally recommended courses on the obligation to report abuse and neglect and the identification of abused and neglected children.

 

HB 974

Del. C. Wilson et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2019: HB 687 -

Civil Actions - Child Sexual Abuse - Definition and Statute of Limitations (Hidden Predator Act of 2020)

Altering the definition of "sexual abuse"; altering the statute of limitations in certain civil actions relating to child sexual abuse by providing that a certain action may be filed at any time; and providing for the retroactive application of the Act to revive any action that was barred by the application of the period of limitations applicable before October 1, 2020, if the action is filed before October 1, 2022; and repealing a statute of repose for certain civil actions relating to child sexual abuse.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Third Reading Passed (127-0) (3/14)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 986 (SB 662)

Del. Michele Guyton et al.

State Child Welfare System - Reporting

Altering the contents of a certain report required by the Department of Human Services regarding children and foster youth in the State child welfare system; requiring the State Department of Education, on or before December 1 each year, to report to the General Assembly and the Department of Human Services certain information regarding children and foster youth in the State child welfare system; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Referred Judicial Proceedings (3/15)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
The bill would require additional information about foster care youth to be reported by MSDE to an annual report produced by DHS. The additional information includes the stability of the school placement, the number of youth with disabilities, the number of youth retained, disciplined and who left the school.

 

SB 662 (HB 986)

Sen. Craig Zucker et al.

State Child Welfare System - Reporting

synopsis same as CF HB 986

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 2/25 at 12:00 p.m. (2/6)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1008

Del. C. Wilson

Education - Child Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Prevention - Hiring Emergent Employees

Authorizing the hiring of a certain emergent employee by a county board of education or nonpublic school for a period not to exceed 60 days under certain conditions; authorizing a county board or nonpublic school to take certain actions within the 60-day period regarding an emergent employee under certain circumstances; authorizing a certain appeal following a certain decision by a county board; prohibiting a certain decision by a county board from being subject to a certain collective bargaining process; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
Second Reading Passed with Amendments (3/15)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1039 (SB 743)

Del. Michael Malone et al.

Adoption - Access to Birth and Adoption Records and Search, Contact, and Reunion Services

Repealing certain provisions of law specifying that certain provisions of law apply only to adoptions in which a juvenile court enters an order for adoption on or after January 1, 2000; altering, from 21 to 18, the age at which an adoptee, or biological parent if the adoptee is at least a certain age, may apply for a copy of certain birth and adoptions records; requiring the Director of Social Services to develop and make available a certain contact preference form; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Referred Judicial Proceedings (3/12)

Position:


Comment:
CY&F seeking information

 

SB 743 (HB 1039)

Sen. Susan Lee

Adoption - Access to Birth and Adoption Records and Search, Contact, and Reunion Services

synopsis same as CF HB 1039

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 2/25 at 12:00 p.m. (2/6)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1313 (SB 787)

Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith et al.

Family Investment Program - Temporary Cash Assistance - Eligibility

Prohibiting reducing or terminating temporary cash assistance for certain individuals under certain circumstances; prohibiting reducing or terminating temporary cash assistance for certain individuals because of good cause as determined by the Secretary of Human Services; requiring local departments of social services to provide a conciliatory period of 30 days to certain individuals who are not in compliance with the Family Investment Program; requiring 25% of funding be withheld upon certain acts of noncompliance; etc.

Committees:
Budget and Taxation; Finance

Status:
Referred Finance Budget and Taxation (3/15)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Sets parameters about the reduction and termination of temporary cash assistance due to not meeting work requirements.

Written testimony provided

 

SB 787 (HB 1313)

Sen. Katherine Klausmeier

Family Investment Program - Temporary Cash Assistance - Eligibility

synopsis same as CF HB 1313

Committees:
Budget and Taxation; Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/06 at 12:00 p.m. (Finance) (2/17)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Written testimony provided

 

HB 1382

Del. Brooke Lierman et al.

Children in Out-of-Home Placement - Placement in Medical Facilities

Requiring a court to find that reasonable efforts were not made by a local department of social services to prevent placing a child in the custody of the department under certain circumstances and providing that the finding shall continue for a certain period of time; prohibiting a court from requiring placement of a child in need of assistance in a certain facility or requiring a certain facility to accept placement of a child in need of assistance; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Third Reading Passed (134-0) (3/15)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:
CPMC has made this a priority issue and MARFY is also involved. While this bill is well-intended, it seems to be universally troubling others. There is a keen interest in finding amendments that will impact the issue of children’s interminable waits in inappropriate places for treatment or residential programs.

Oral and written testimony provided

There is budget language the Senate adopted addressing this issue.

 

HB 1550

Del. Lauren Arikan

Child Care Providers - Notice of Allegations of Child Abuse or Neglect (Aiden’s Law)

Requiring the designee of the State Superintendent of Schools, on receipt of a certain notification of a certain allegation of child abuse or neglect, to ensure that a certain notice is provided; requiring a certain family child care provider or child care center to provide a certain notice to certain parents and guardians within 24 hours after first having knowledge of a certain report or incident of suspected child abuse or neglect; prohibiting a person from providing the notice under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m. (2/11)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1551

Del. April Rose et al.

Health Practitioners - Minor Patients - Child Abuse Reporting

Requiring a certain health practitioner to inform a patient who is a minor that the patient may report child abuse to the health practitioner.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1558 (SB 818)

Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith et al.

Residential Treatment Centers and Facilities - Sexual Abuse and Harassment - Reporting and Prevention

Defining "covered entity" for the purpose of applying certain provisions of law regarding the reporting and prevention of abuse and harassment in certain State facilities to forensic residential centers and residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children and adolescents; requiring certain entities to report certain complaints of sexual abuse and sexual harassment to certain entities; requiring certain entities to develop and implement certain policies and procedures; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

SB 818 (HB 1558)

Sen. Katherine Klausmeier

Residential Treatment Centers and Facilities - Sexual Abuse and Harassment - Reporting and Prevention

synopsis same as CF HB 1558

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

SB 296

Sen. Michael Hough et al.

Family Law - Preventing or Interfering With Report of Suspected Sexual Abuse of a Child - Statute of Limitations

Altering the statute of limitations for a violation of the prohibition on preventing or interfering with the making of a certain report of suspected sexual abuse of a child; providing that a person who violates the prohibition on preventing or interfering with the making of a certain report of suspected sexual abuse of a child may reserve a point or question for in banc review; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing canceled (3/14)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
Removes the statute of limitations for prosecuting an individual who intentionally prevents or interferes with the reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect as required by state law.

The bill as amended limits the offense to intentionally not reporting child sexual abuse. The bill passed the Senate.

 

SB 585

Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher et al.

Family Law - Children in Out-of-Home Placements - Mandatory Concurrent Planning

Requiring, rather than authorizing, reasonable efforts to place a child for adoption or with a legal guardian to be made concurrently with reasonable efforts to preserve and reunify families under certain circumstances.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 3/11 at 12:00 p.m. (2/17)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Support through CPMC

 

SB 594

Sen. Susan Lee

Child Custody and Visitation - Abuse or Neglect of Child

Requiring a court, in a custody or visitation proceeding, to deny custody or visitation rights to a certain party under certain circumstances, unless the court states the reasons for a finding that there is no likelihood of further child abuse or neglect by a certain party; and altering the conditions of a certain supervised visitation arrangement that a court is authorized to approve to include neutral and physically present supervision.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 2/18 at 12:00 p.m. (1/31)

Position:


Comment:

 

 

Forensics

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 36

Del. Erek Barron et al.

Juvenile Proceedings - Fines, Fees, and Costs

Repealing certain provisions of law authorizing the juvenile court to impose certain civil fines against a child found to have committed certain violations; repealing a certain provision of law authorizing the juvenile court to impose certain court costs against a juvenile respondent or the respondent's parent, guardian, or custodian under certain circumstances; repealing a certain provision of law authorizing the juvenile court to assess any party or parent of a child in a certain proceeding for services of a certain attorney; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Referred Judicial Proceedings (3/15)

Position:


Comment:
The bill seems stuck with unclear opposition

 

SB 314

Sen. Charles Sydnor et al.

Juveniles Charged as Adults - Confidentiality of Records

Establishing that, pending a determination by a court exercising criminal jurisdiction in a case involving a child whether to transfer its jurisdiction to the juvenile court, provisions of law relating to confidentiality of juvenile records apply to all police records and court records concerning the child from the time of the child's arrest until a certain event occurs; establishing that, if a case is transferred to the juvenile court, certain provisions of law relating to confidentiality of juvenile records continue to apply; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Referred Judiciary (3/12)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
The bill is substantially similar to how the bill passed the House last year. NASW supported last year's bill (HB 11).

 

 

Misc

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

* HB 464 (SB 990)

Hettleman et al.

Public Health - Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program

Authorizing the establishment of an Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program by a community-based organization to provide a place for the consumption of preobtained drugs, provide sterile needles, administer first aid, and provide certain other services; providing the Maryland Department of Health may approve not more than six programs, two programs in urban areas, two in suburban areas, and two in rural areas, to operate at a single location in areas with a high incidence of drug use; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 2/28 at 1:00 p.m. (2/11)

Position:
Support

Comment:
There are some questions about the impact of such programs in neighborhoods. The intent of the advocates and supporters of this measure do not want to force a program into areas that do not want them. They want the communities that welcome this kind of harm reduction strategy to have them. It is most likely that if this bill passes, OPSs will co-located with existing health services.

Written testimony provided

 

* SB 990 (HB 464)

Hettleman et al.

Public Health - Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program

Authorizing the establishment of an Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Services Program by a community-based organization to provide a place for the consumption of preobtained drugs, provide sterile needles, administer first aid, and provide certain other services; providing that the Maryland Department of Health may approve not more than six programs, with two in urban areas, two in suburban areas, and two in rural areas, that operate at a single location in an area with a high incidence of drug use; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. (2/7)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 150 (SB 190)

The Speaker et al.

Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2021)

Making the proposed appropriations contained in the State Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, in accordance with Article III, Section 52 of the Maryland Constitution; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
First Reading Appropriations (1/15)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 190 (HB 150)

President et al.

Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2021)

synopsis same as CF HB 150

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Hearing 3/13 at 3:00 p.m. (3/13)

Position:


Comment:
The Senate Budget & Tax Committee has voted to retain the full 4% reimbursement rate increase beginning July 1st. There is also budget language requiring a report on how the new funding in MAP will be spent.

The House Appropriations Committee has agreed to these decisions.

General Assembly leadership has suggested that they will cut more money out of the budget to give the Governor greater flexibility with meeting budgetary needs during this state of emergency.

 

HB 152 (SB 192)

The Speaker et al.

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2020

Authorizing, altering, or requiring the distribution and payment of certain revenue in certain fiscal years; altering the requirement that the Comptroller provide notice of abandoned property in a certain manner; altering the manner in which the Governor is required to provide certain budget books; repealing and altering certain programs; increasing the amount local governments are required to reimburse the State for certain services; repealing a requirement that the State appropriate money for certain purposes; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m. (2/17)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 192 (HB 152)

President et al.

Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2020

synopsis same as CF HB 152

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Hearing 3/13 at 3:00 p.m. (3/13)

Position:


Comment:
The BRFA and budget are moved at the same time. The bill as amended by the Senate does not include the reduction of the Medicaid reimbursement rate increase.

 

HB 740 (SB 999)

Del. Jazz Lewis et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2019: HB 1002 - Support

Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Direct Release

Requiring the Commissioner of Correction to provide a certain inmate with a certain transitional process more than 180 days before the direct release from a facility to the community; establishing the requirements of a certain transitional process; prohibiting an inmate from being placed in restrictive housing within 180 days before release except under certain circumstances; requiring a certain inmate to receive a certain placement authorization; requiring a certain inmate to sign a certain acknowledgment of receipt; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m. (1/30)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Written testimony provided

 

SB 999 (HB 740)

Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher

Correctional Services - Restrictive Housing - Direct Release

synopsis same as CF HB 740

Committees:


Status:
First Reading Senate Rules (2/6)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 742 (SB 1002)

Del. Jazz Lewis et al.

Corrections - Restrictive Housing - Serious Mental Illness - Assessments (Restrictive Housing Reform Act)

Prohibiting the placement of an inmate with a certain serious mental illness in certain restrictive housing with certain exceptions; prohibiting, under certain circumstances, the placement of a certain inmate in restrictive housing for more than 15 days; requiring a certain inmate to be provided with certain daily assessments; requiring the managing official of a correctional facility to require certain steps be taken before and during an inmate's placement in restricting housing; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m. (1/30)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Written testimony provided

Prohibits correctional facilities from placing an inmate with a serious mental illness in restrictive housing except:

  • When reasonable alternatives are not available and there is an actual threat of imminent harm; or
  • If medically necessary to be determined by a medical professional and where the inmate is placed in a clinical and supervised area.

 

SB 1002 (HB 742)

Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher

Corrections - Restrictive Housing - Serious Mental Illness - Assessments (Restrictive Housing Reform Act)

synopsis same as CF HB 742

Committees:


Status:
First Reading Senate Rules (2/7)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 839 (SB 539)

Del. Kriselda Valderrama et al.

Labor and Employment - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment

Establishing the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program to provide temporary benefits to a covered individual who is taking leave from employment; establishing the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund; requiring, beginning January 1, 2021, certain employees, employers, and self-employed individuals to pay certain contributions; authorizing, beginning July 1, 2022, a covered individual taking certain leave from employment to submit a claim for benefits; authorizing the establishment of private employer plans; etc.

Committees:
Economic Matters

Status:
Hearing 2/24 at 1:00 p.m. (2/11)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Testimony provided

 

SB 539 (HB 839)

Sen. Antonio Hayes et al.

Labor and Employment - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program - Establishment

synopsis same as CF HB 839

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/27 at 1:00 p.m. (2/4)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Testimony provided

 

 

Private Practice

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 782 (SB 611)

Del. Heather Bagnall

Health - Mental and Emotional Disorders - Consent (Mental Health Access Initiative)

Providing that all minors, rather than only minors who are 16 years old or older, have the same capacity as an adult to consent to consultation, diagnosis, and treatment of a mental or emotional disorder by a health care provider or clinic; and providing that a health care provider may decide to provide certain information to a certain parent, guardian, or custodian under certain provisions of law unless the health care provider believes that the disclosure will lead to harm to the minor or deter the minor from seeking care.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 2/26 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Removes the minimum age at which a minor can consent to mental health treatment and clarifies that a provider can disclose information to parents unless the provider believes the disclosure will lead to harm to the minor or deter the minor from seeking care. Amendments being considered would prohibit mental health medications from being prescribed without a parent's consent and possibly adding a minimum age.

 

SB 611 (HB 782)

Sen. Malcolm Augustine

Health - Mental and Emotional Disorders - Consent (Mental Health Access Initiative)

synopsis same as CF HB 782

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Second Reading Passed with Amendments (3/15)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Amendments prohibit mental health medications from being prescribed without a parent's consent and requires the young person to be at least 12 years old.

 

HB 1165 (SB 484)

Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes et al.

Health Insurance - Provider Panels - Coverage for Nonparticipating Providers

Requiring each carrier to inform members and beneficiaries in a certain manner of the right to request a certain referral to a specialist or nonphysician specialist who is not part of the carrier's provider panel; requiring, under certain circumstances, certain insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations to cover certain mental health or substance use disorder services provided to a member by a nonparticipating provider at a certain cost; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 2/20 at 1:00 p.m. (2/10)

Position:
Support

Comment:
From the Parity at 10 Coalition, the bill would prohibit balance billing of patients when they are given permission by their insurance carrier to go out-of-network for care.

This would apply only in cases where commercial insurance carriers give their members permission to go out-of-network and where the provider and carrier negotiate a single case agreement.

 

SB 484 (HB 1165)

Sen. Katherine Klausmeier

Health Insurance - Provider Panels - Coverage for Nonparticipating Providers

Requiring each carrier to inform members and beneficiaries in a certain manner of the right to request a referral to a specialist or nonphysician specialist who is not part of the carrier's provider panel; requiring, under certain circumstances, certain insurers, nonprofit health service plans, and health maintenance organizations to cover certain mental health or substance use disorder services provided to a member by a nonparticipating provider at a certain cost; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 2/26 at 1:00 p.m. (2/4)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 1447 (SB 1045)

Del. Susan Krebs et al.

Department of Information Technology - Study of a Common Information Technology Platform for Health Occupations Boards

Requiring the Department of Information Technology to conduct a certain review of certain information technology platforms used by certain health occupations boards and make certain recommendations on the feasibility and cost of developing a certain common information technology platform; and requiring the Department to report certain findings and recommendations to the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee and the House Health and Government Operations Committee on or before December 1, 2020.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Referred Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (3/12)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

SB 1045 (HB 1447)

Sen. Adelaide Eckardt

Department of Information Technology - Study of a Common Information Technology Platform for Health Occupations Boards

synopsis same as CF HB 1447

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing 3/12 at 1:00 p.m. (3/4)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1616

Del. Ariana Kelly

Health Occupations Boards - Uniform Record-Keeping Requirements

Requiring each health occupations board to request certain information from certain applicants and health care practitioners before issuing, renewing, or reinstating certain licenses, certificates, or registrations; requiring each health occupations board to post certain information on the Board's website in a searchable format; requiring each health occupations board to provide an opportunity to certain applicants and health care practitioners to opt out of having phone numbers and e-mail addresses posted on certain websites; etc.

Committees:
Rules and Executive Nominations

Status:
First Reading House Rules and Executive Nominations (2/19)

Position:


Comment:
This is a bill to partially address the issue of network adequacy. Daphne attended a meeting on this topic with the sponsor. If the bill gets assigned to a standing committee, NASW may want to discuss possible amendments with the sponsor.

 

 

 

Professional

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

* HB 527 (SB 245)

Del. Bonnie Cullison

Health Occupations - Social Workers - Scope of Practice, Supervision, and Application Decision Appeal Process

Altering the definition of "practice social work" to include counseling for alcohol and drug use and addictive behaviors and to clarify that it includes, for certain individuals, the treatment of biopsychosocial conditions under the supervision of a licensed social worker-clinical; requiring the State Board of Social Work Examiners, under certain circumstances, to approve licensees approved to engage in independent practice to provide supervision; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Referred Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (3/9)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Oral and written testimony provided.

House sponsor Delegate Cullison was able to successfully negotiate with BSWE on NASW's behalf. The bill passed the subcommittee.

The bill passed the House. The HB and SB are not identical, but we do not expect any problems with the Senate accepting the additional amendment and the House conforming the SB to the HB posture.

 

* SB 245 (HB 527)

Sen. Chris West

Health Occupations - Social Workers - Scope of Practice, Supervision, and Application Decision Appeal Process

synopsis same as CF HB 527

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Third Reading Passed (133-0) (3/15)

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill passed the Senate unanimously.

Oral and written testimony provided.

 

HB 364

Del. Sid Saab et al.

Hospital and Nursing Facility Workers and Health Care Practitioners - Identification Tags and Badges - Name Requirement

Specifying that each hospital or nursing facility in the State ensure that all of its health care service providers whether in the hospital, outside or in a separate nursing facility wear personal identification tag indicating in readable text the first name, nickname, last name, or full name of the individual that is commonly used in the hospital or nursing facility; specifying the form of names required to be displayed on the badge required to worn by a health care practitioner when providing certain care to a patient; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/16 at 10:00 a.m. (3/15)

Position:


Comment:
This bill clarifies that health care staff are not required to display their full name on identification badges.

The bill passed the House

 

HB 448 (SB 402)

Del. Samuel Rosenberg et al.

Health Care Practitioners - Telehealth

Authorizing certain health care practitioners to establish a practitioner-patient relationship through certain telehealth interactions under certain circumstances; requiring a health care practitioner providing telehealth services to be held to the same standards of practice that are applicable to in-person settings and, if clinically appropriate, provide or refer a patient for in-patient services or another type of telehealth service; requiring a health care practitioner to perform a certain evaluation: etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Motion Special Order until 3/16 (Senator Kagan) Adopted (3/15)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Testimony from NASW would be very helpful. There was significant push-back on this bill in the Senate hearing.

Authorizes a licensed health care practitioner to establish a practitioner-patient relationship through either synchronous technology (real time) or an asynchronous telehealth interaction (which doesn’t occur in real time. Includes transmission of clinical data, medical information, images, lab results, and self-reported medical history). Practitioners providing telehealth services must follow the same practice standards, documentation standards, confidentiality standards, and controlled dangerous substance prescribing laws applicable to in-person settings. Health occupations boards may adopt regulations to implement the bill’s provisions, but they may not establish a separate standard of care for telehealth.

 

SB 402 (HB 448)

Sen. Cheryl Kagan et al.

Health Care Practitioners - Telehealth and Shortage

Authorizing certain health care practitioners to establish a practitioner-patient relationship through certain telehealth interactions under certain circumstances; requiring a health care practitioner providing telehealth services to be held to the same standards of practice that are applicable to in-person settings; requiring a health care practitioner to perform a clinical evaluation appropriate for the condition the patient presents before providing certain treatment or issuing a prescription through telehealth; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Referred Health and Government Operations (3/15)

Position:
Support

Comment:
The bill allows for non-synchronous (or asynchronous) care which is a very useful approach, especially for therapists and clients with less flexible work schedules.

The bill does not require a first encounter face-to-face, which would be a change in our current law and regs. It would also allow non-synchronous communication, which would be another large shift. We support both of these.

An amendment was put on this bill by Sen Cory McCray from Baltimore City that will prohibit any prescription of a controlled dangerous substance via telehealth, except in a state of emergency.

This restriction is much broader than federal law and could interfere with people's health care. Sen McCray made the amendment because he believes there are too many opioid treatment programs in Baltimore and one in his district that is too large.

 

HB 612

Del. Daniel Cox

Labor and Employment - Health Care Facilities - Workplace Safety Program - Revisions

Requiring that a certain annual assessment required to be included in a certain workplace safety program include certain recommendations to reduce injuries that could result from a lack of workplace safety; requiring a health care facility to guarantee that a health care worker who reports a physical assault or threatening behavior under a certain process may elect not to care for the individual who caused the harm or issued the threat; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/02 at 1:00 p.m. (2/14)

Position:


Comment:
This bill requires health care facilities to guarantee a worker who reports a physical assault or threatening behavior with the ability to not care for the individual who caused the harm or made the threat.

 

HB 837

Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk et al.

Public Health - Maternal Mortality and Morbidity - Implicit Bias Training and Study

Altering the purposes of the Cultural and Linguistic Health Care Professional Competency Program; requiring the Program to establish and provide an evidence-based implicit bias training program for health care professionals involved in the perinatal care of patients on or before January 1, 2021; requiring certain health care professionals to complete a certain training on or before January 1, 2022; requiring the Program to offer a certain training to certain health care professionals; etc.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/16 at 10:00 a.m. (3/15)

Position:


Comment:
The bill mandates implicit bias training for “perinatal” care:

  • Health care professionals who are employed at a hospital or birthing center must take the training biannually
  • Hospitals and birth centers

 

HB 989 (SB 944)

Del. Robbyn Lewis

Hospitals - Care of Infants After Discharge

Requiring a hospital to provide certain instructions to the parent or legal guardian of an infant before the hospital discharges the infant into the care of the parent or legal guardian; requiring a hospital before discharging an infant to inquire as to whether a parent or legal guardian is able to provide the infant with a certain environment and a certain item, inform a parent or legal guardian of certain matters, and provide each parent or legal guardian with a certain form; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Health and Government Operations; Withdrawn (3/13)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 944 (HB 989)

Sen. Antonio Hayes

Hospitals - Care of Infants After Discharge

synopsis same as CF HB 989

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Unfavorable Report by Finance; Withdrawn (3/14)

Position:


Comment:

 

HB 1387

Del. Susan McComas et al.

Certificates for Involuntary Admission - Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical

Altering a requirement that a certain certificate accompany an application for involuntary admission to certain facilities by providing that the certificate may be of a physician and a licensed certified social worker-clinical; etc.

Committees:
Health and Government Operations

Status:
Hearing 3/11 at 1:00 p.m. (2/14)

Position:
Support

Comment:
Permits LCSW-Cs to provide the 2nd certificate for an involuntary admission.

 

HB 1525 (SB 639)

Del. Pat Young et al.

Maryland Department of Health and Motor Vehicle Administration - Medical, Nursing, and Security Personnel

Requiring the pay scale for a certain physician position in a certain facility to be the same as the pay scale for a certain psychiatrist position; requiring certain nursing positions to receive a certain upward adjustment in their pay scales when there is an upward adjustment to the pay scales for initial appointments to certain positions; requiring the pay scale for security attendants at a certain facility to be at least equal to the pay scale for correctional officers; etc.

Committees:
Appropriations

Status:
Hearing 3/05 at 1:00 p.m. (2/24)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWUR

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 286

Del. Jheanelle Wilkins et al.

Public Health - Maternal Mortality Review Program - Stakeholders

Altering the stakeholders required to be included in meetings convened under the Maternal Mortality Review Program to include families of women who have experienced near maternal death, a maternal death, or certain challenges during pregnancy or women who have experienced a near maternal death or certain other challenges during pregnancy; and requiring that, to the extent practicable, certain stakeholders convened under the Program reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of women most impacted by maternal deaths in the State.

Committees:
Finance

Status:
Hearing 3/16 at 10:00 a.m. (3/15)

Position:


Comment:
The bill passed the House

 

HB 741 (SB 580)

Del. Eric Luedtke

Public Safety - Empowering Communities to Counter Racially Motivated Violent Extremism Program Fund - Establishment

Establishing the Empowering Communities to Counter Racially Motivated Violent Extremism Program Fund to provide grants to local governments to train individuals to recognize signs of racially motivated violent extremism and best practices for reporting and preventing racially motivated violent extremism; requiring the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to establish certain procedures for local governments to apply for grants from the Fund and to award grants from the Fund; etc.

Committees:
Judiciary

Status:
Hearing 2/25 at 1:00 p.m. (1/30)

Position:


Comment:

 

SB 580 (HB 741)

Sen. Charles Sydnor

Public Safety - Empowering Communities to Counter Racially Motivated Violent Extremism Program Fund - Establishment

Establishing the Empowering Communities to Counter Racially Motivated Violent Extremism Program Fund to provide grants to local governments to train individuals to recognize signs of racially motivated violent extremism and best practices for reporting and preventing racially motivated violent extremism; requiring the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to establish certain procedures for local governments to apply for grants from the Fund; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 2/20 at 12:00 p.m. (1/31)

Position:


Comment:

 

 

School SW

Bill

Title & Synopsis

Status

Position & Client Notes

HB 277 (SB 367)

Del. Jheanelle Wilkins et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2019: HB 256 - Support

State Department of Education - Guidelines on Trauma-Informed Approach

Requiring the State Department of Education, in consultation with the Maryland Department of Health and the Department of Human Services, to develop and distribute guidelines on a trauma-informed approach to assist schools with understanding and responding to an individual with symptoms of chronic interpersonal trauma or traumatic stress; and requiring the State Department of Education to distribute the trauma-informed approach guidelines to each local school system and publish the guidelines on the Department's website.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Referred Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (3/10)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:
NASW supports with an amendment that reduces the focus on "identifying" individuals with trauma and instead, use trauma-informed policies and approaches with everyone.

Written testimony provided

As amended the bill requires MSDE to write guidelines and make them available to all school districts.

 

SB 367 (HB 277)

Sen. Mary Washington et al.

Prior Yr Info:
2019: SB 223 - Support

State Department of Education - Guidelines on Trauma-Informed Approach

Establishing the Trauma-Informed Schools Initiative in the State Department of Education to expand the use of the trauma-informed approach used in schools and intensively train schools on becoming trauma-informed schools; requiring the Department to develop and distribute certain guidelines and to develop a website on the trauma informed approach; requiring, on or before July 1, 2020, the Department to select one school each from certain areas to receive intensive training on the trauma-informed approach; etc.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing 3/03 at 1:00 p.m. (2/5)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:

 

HB 515

Del. Alice Cain et al.

Public Schools - Staff Members - Report

Requiring each county board of education to submit, beginning on July 1, 2021 and each July 1 thereafter, a report to the State Board of Education, the Governor, and certain legislative committees on the ratio of students to certain staff members at each school; and requiring the report to include the ratio of students to certain staff members for the school system as a whole.

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing canceled (3/15)

Position:


Comment:
The bill is passing the House with one technical amendment. NASW should consider supporting on the Senate side.

Gail Martin is very keen on this issue and will make every effort to become involved.

This idea came from a member of Delegate Cain's Educator's Cabinet who is an advocate for Maryland School Counselors.

Requires County School Boards to report each year on the ratio of students to school staff in each jurisdiction. The bill includes the following school staff members:

  • School Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Social Worker
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Bilingual Facilitator

 

HB 1204 (SB 993)

Del. Jheanelle Wilkins et al.

County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools - Discrimination - Prohibition

Prohibiting a county board, public or nonpublic prekindergarten programs, and public or nonpublic primary or secondary schools that receive State funds from discriminating against a person because of certain factors, refusing enrollment of, expelling, or withholding privileges from any student or prospective student because of certain factors, and from taking a certain retaliatory action; etc.

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Referred Judicial Proceedings (3/14)

Position:
Support

Comment:
This bill prohibits discrimination in public schools and non-public schools that receive public dollars from discrimination because of the individual's race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

 

SB 993 (HB 1204)

Sen. Cory McCray

County Boards and Public and Nonpublic Prekindergarten Programs and Schools - Discrimination - Prohibition

synopsis same as CF HB 1204

Committees:
Judicial Proceedings

Status:
Hearing 2/20 at 12:00 p.m. (2/6)

Position:
Support

Comment:

 

HB 1300 (SB 1000)

The Speaker et al.

Blueprint for Maryland's Future - Implementation

Repealing, altering, and adding certain provisions of law to implement The Blueprint for Maryland's Future, which is intended to transform Maryland's early childhood, primary, and secondary education system to the levels of high-performing systems around the world; establishing certain education aid formulas to provide funding for the implementation of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future; providing for a reduction in a certain local share of certain education aid for certain counties under certain circumstances; etc.

Committees:
Budget and Taxation; Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Second Reading Passed with Amendments (3/14)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:
The bill passed the House

 

SB 1000 (HB 1300)

President et al.

Blueprint for Maryland's Future - Implementation

Repealing, altering, and adding certain provisions of law to implement The Blueprint for Maryland's Future, which is intended to transform Maryland's early childhood, primary, and secondary education system to the levels of high-performing systems around the world; requiring the State and each county to distribute to county boards of education certain amounts of education aid under certain programs in certain fiscal years; etc.

Committees:
Budget and Taxation; Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing 2/17 at 12:00 p.m. (Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs) (2/11)

Position:
Monitor

Comment:

 

HB 1443 (SB 896)

Del. Heather Bagnall et al.

Commission on Student Behavioral Health and Mental Health Treatment

Establishing the Commission on Student Behavioral Health and Mental Health Treatment; requiring the Commission to study, evaluate, update, and revise guidelines for student behavioral health treatment and practices in general, including school-based health centers; requiring the Commission to make recommendations to improve current practices and revise guidelines for student behavioral health treatment and to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 1, 2020, and December 1, 2021; etc.

Committees:
Ways and Means

Status:
Hearing 3/06 at 1:00 p.m. (2/11)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:
Creates the Commission on Student Behavioral Health and Mental Health Treatment. The purpose is to study, evaluate, update, and revise guidelines for student behavioral health and mental health treatment and practices in general. NASW will ask for an amendment to include a representative of NASW.

Oral testimony provided.

 

SB 896 (HB 1443)

Sen. Katie Hester

Commission on Student Behavioral Health and Mental Health Treatment

synopsis same as CF HB 1443

Committees:
Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs

Status:
Hearing 3/10 at 1:00 p.m. (2/24)

Position:
Support with Amendment

Comment:

 

 

 

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