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Health Conference Committee Negotiates Compromises on Legislation Before Them

Kansas Flag (April 4, 2022) – Last week, the House and Senate Health Committee members also took action on the following bills to assemble conference committee reports on the following bills:

Senate Bill 453 allows licensed practical nurses to instruct certified nursing assistants courses while requiring registered nurses to continue to sign off on the skills checklist. The legislation also allows hospitals to serve as CNA training sites. The conference committee added provisions related to licensure requirements for social workers licensed through the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board and made those provisions also apply to graduates of the Fort Hays State University Program. In addition, conferees agreed to delete annual reporting requirements for the Kansas State Board of Nursing to certain legislative committees. This bill passed both chambers and goes to the governor for review.

Senate Bill 200 expands the pharmacist's scope of practice to prescribe medications for certain conditions and makes changes to the K-TRACS Prescription Monitoring Program. The legislation does not include the authority of the Kansas Board of Pharmacy to establish the rules and regulations to assess fees on providers for the program. This bill passed both chambers and goes to the governor for review.

Senate Bill 19 deals with the implementation and funding for the 988 suicide prevention and mental health crisis line in Kansas. The conference committee negotiated changes to the advisory council and added a sunset to the council in 2024. They also negotiated to replicate in language that crisis intervention services would only be available for the uninsured for 72 hours before further treatment would need to be found. The conference committee report may run when the Legislature returns.