Status Summary

First reading, referred to Health & Long Term Care on 1.22.21. 

Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care and referred to Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care on 1.27.2021.
Executive action in the Senate Committee on Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care on 2.5.21; 1st substitute bill passed and refer to Ways & Means.
Referred to Ways & Means on 2.8.21.
 
Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.16.21.
 
Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.18.21; 2nd substitute bill passed. 
 
Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 2.22.21.
 
Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on 2.23.21.
 
2nd substitute bill substituted Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 2.25.21.
 
In the House
First reading, referred Children, Youth & Families on 2.27.21.
Public hearing was held in the House Committee on Children, Youth & Families on 3.11.21.

Executive session scheduled but no action taken, in the House Committee on Children, Youth & Families on 3.17.21 and 3.22.21.
 
Executive action taken in the House Committee on Children, Youth & Families on 3.24.21; majority pass with amendment(s). 

Referred to Rules 2 Review on 3.26.21.
 
(updated 4.16.21)

Legislative Session

2021

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Brown

SB5237 directs the Attorney General to establish a tip-line program for receiving and responding to tips from the public 21 regarding risks or potential risks to the safety or well-being of youth, called the YES tip line program. Risks to safety or well-being may include, but are not limited to, harm or threats of harm to self or others, sexual abuse, assault, rape, bullying or cyberbullying, substance use, and criminal acts.  The legislation defines that no one in need of help will be turned away, the terms for a vendor to manage the YES tip line program and how the calls will be managed, especially regarding confidentiality and rules with law enforcement and mental health officials and terms in which disclosure may occur. SB5237 asserts what may happen in the courts if a person is charged with a criminal offense as a result of a YES tip line.

SB5237 creates a community mental health safety fund.
Finally, the law establishes that the attorney general file an annual evaluation report.