New State Law Effective August 28, 2016

Senate Bill 732

  • Senate Bill 732 established requirements for long-term care facilities to have policies and procedures that require the facility to give advance notification to emergency medical services personnel prior to the transportation of any at-risk behavioral health patient. An at-risk behavioral health patient is defined as any patient who displays violent, homicidal, or suicidal ideation or behavior.
  • There are other provisions of this law regarding emergency transports of at-risk behavioral patients that are of interest, but do not impose additional requirements on long-term care facilities.
  • Please review the bill and ensure appropriate policies and procedures are developed and implemented by the effective date of the legislation. Please contact Shelly Williamson, Assistant Administrator of the Section, at with any questions regarding these new requirements.