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RHODE ISLAND STATE BILLS - 2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

H7461: Prohibits family court from detaining or committing any juvenile, under 14 years of age, to training school, for any enumerated capital offenses or attempts to commit those offenses, and court determines that there is no other reasonable placement.


S2528, S2556, and H6667: Establishes the implementation of trauma-informed practices in schools throughout the state.


S2471 and H7861: Increases the rate of reimbursement for in-network behavioral health care services below the medial commercial reimbursement rate and also Rhode Island Medicaid shall increase the rate of reimbursement.


S2501: Categorizes women by their biological identity at birth rather than their gender identity for purpose of organized sports.


OTHER RECENT ADVOCACY REPORTS AND NEWS

RI Supreme Court upholds 2019 state law protecting abortion rights - May 4, 2022


RIAAP/RICCAP/Hasbro/Bradley joint Declaration of a State of Emergency in Rhode Island for Children's Behavioral Health - April 2022


Physician Wellness and Burnout Report
(Federation of State Medical Boards)


BILLS FOLLOWED BY RICCAP IN PAST LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS

H7235: Includes licensed advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), certified in psychiatric/mental health, as qualified to certify the need for mental health treatment in certain patients.


H7508: Requires the department of education to establish a program for all students in grades kindergarten through 12 to receive education and training regarding the prevention of relationship abuse, sexual violence, and sexual harassment.


H7138: Requires DCYF/family court to initially consider placement of a child under their care with immediate family members/next of kin before placement in foster care.


H7137: Requires all foster parents to undergo sensitivity training regarding the culture of their foster child.


H7488: Authorizes municipalities to adopt ordinances restricting vaping in public places and areas near schools, day care and hospitals.


H7204: Requires the department of children, youth and families (DCYF) and the family court to initially consider the placement of a child under their care with the child's immediate family members or next of kin before placement in foster care.


S2249: Provides that a safety barrier or safety netting would be erected on the Mount Hope Bridge, the Claiborne Pell Bridge, and the Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge, no later than January 1, 2022.


S2036: Includes licensed school psychologists under the provisions of the general laws governing the regulations of psychologists, and would limit the authorization of school psychologist to practice school psychology to the school setting.)


H7048: Requires the department of education to develop and make available for school use a mental health curriculum. Schools would be required to provide four (4) hours of mental health instruction to seventh grade students.


H7219: Requires health insurance coverage for annual pediatric mental health examinations when ordered by a physician.