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11/7/2017 Legislative
Legislative Interim Studies Update

The interim study committee on Public Health, Behavioral Health and Human Services conducted its final meeting on October 26, 2017. The interim committee produced two preliminary drafts to for the 2018 legislative session. Preliminary Draft 3306 deals with diabetes reporting and strategic plans to identify and reduce the prevalence of diabetes.  Preliminary Draft 3311 is the creation of a nursing faculty loan repayment grant program. The current proposed language applies to a registered nurse that is in a graduate program and holds a graduate degree and is employed as a nursing faculty member or an adjunct clinical faculty member providing classroom or clinical instruction at a nursing school. The goal is to increase the number of educators and adjunct clinical faculty teaching in the field of nursing education. The committee discussed and voted 14-0 to include a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree to qualify for this grant program as well. The new preliminary draft language has not been released yet, but we are glad that registered nurses with bachelor’s degrees will be included.  The full final committee report can be found here. To access information regarding the committee and more details on each meeting, please click here.

There are various other interim study committees we followed. One in particular was the interim study committee on Corrections and Criminal Code. The point of interest was the committee’s focus on mental health and addiction treatment services for inmates in the state of Indiana. The committee is looking at how to provide proper services in the proper setting. One of the Preliminary Drafts that came out of the interim committee would allow a mental health and addiction forensic treatment service provider to be certified or licensed by the division of mental health and addiction or the Indiana professional licensing committee. Current law only allows licensure and certification by the division of mental health and addiction.