There are a lot of bills moving around the Capitol every session. DIY Advocacy Center was involved in supporting the ones listed below.
HB 3090 – Requires hospital to apply discharge policy for release of patients admitted to hospital for mental health treatment to release of patients from emergency department following treatment for behavioral health crisis.
Passed Unanimously by House and Senate!
HB 3091 – Requires specified facilities to provide certain case management and behavioral health services to individual who presents at facility experiencing behavioral health crisis.
Passed Unanimously by House and Senate!
SB 48 – Directs Oregon Health Authority and certain professional regulatory boards to adopt rules requiring professionals to complete continuing education related to suicide risk assessment, treatment and management.
HB 2304 – Adds peer support specialist, family support specialist and youth support specialist to membership of Traditional Health Workers Commission.
SB 719 – Creates process for obtaining extreme risk protection order prohibiting person from possessing deadly weapon when court finds that person presents risk in near future, including imminent risk, of suicide or causing injury to another person.
SB 833 – Requires hospital that discharges patient following attempted suicide to facilitate referral of patient to peer support program. – did not have the support it needed, did not pass.
The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session began on February 1 and lasts until July 1oth. During this time, there are different committees that are made up of our elected Senators and House Representatives. These elected officials participate in hearings where many different people share their ideas about bills being considered. Lots of things can happen to bills at this time, like being amended, “killed,” or passed along to the next step. At a certain point, bills will move out of committee and be presented to the full Senate or House of Representative, depending on where each was first introduced (HB# means it started out in the House, SB# means it started in the Senate). The bills are voted on and if they pass, they are moved to the other side to be voted on there. If they pass both the House and the Senate, they go to the Governor to be signed into law. Remember School House Rock and Bill? Yeah, it’s like that. Click Bill up above to hear that catchy tune!
Once Bills are passed and the Governor signs them, they become law (“statute”) and will be assigned an ORS (Oregon Revised Statutes) number. For many, the next step will be to have “rules” developed (these can be found in the OARs (Oregon Administrative Rules). This is the place where more details are added that “operationalize” the law in practice.
The Keny-Guyer Mental Health Work Group:
Alissa Keny-Guyer is a very active member of Oregon’s House of Representatives, representing District 46. In Fall of 2014, she paved the way for Jerry Gabay and Julie Magers to present testimony to the House Health Committee about their experiences navigating the mental health system to access care for their daughters. The testimony was very compelling and since that day, she’s worked with Jerry and Julie to champion “consumer-driven” health care improvements at the legislative level. After the highly successful 2015 session, Rep. Keny-Guyer convened a group to allow any stakeholders who took an interest in these efforts to participate in shaping these legislative efforts. The group quickly became informally referred to as the “Keny-Guyer Mental Health Workgroup.” If you are interested in getting on the mailing list to receive notices of activities and meetings, email rep.alissakenyguyer
Ways you can participate:
Tracking Bills and Committee Hearings – OLIS is the Oregon Legislative Information System and has a tremendous amount of information and guidance. You can subscribe to receive updates on specific bills and committee hearing agendas. Sign up for Capitol E-Subscribe to keep yourself informed.
Giving public testimony before a legislative committee can be an exciting and fulfilling experience and is one way you may influence the committee’s action on topics you care about. It also becomes part of the permanent record and may be used in future research. You may testify in person and/or submit written testimony.
Committees are the heart of Oregon’s legislative process – in a committee hearing, legislators are afforded the time to closely study measures that they are being asked to act upon. In the committee process, members of the committee hear from many people who either support or oppose the measure or may be providing important educational information.
Watch here to learn the ABCs of this process:
Connect with other people who are involved.
there are various groups that are providing support and coordination. If you would like to learn what options there are to get connected, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Call or visit your own elected officials.
Even if you live in a district that is represented by someone who is not on the committees that are responsible for the proposed bills you care about, they will eventually be voting on each one when the bills go from the committee they are assigned to and move to the House and Senate Floors (where full votes take place). You can call your Representative and Senator to urge them to support these bills and to inform them about what matters to you. They work for and respresent YOU and they can only know what you care about if you tell them.
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