Senate Bill 12

On Friday, April 15, 2016, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 12 dealing with mental health and substance abuse. The effective date will be July 1, 2016. This was NOT the comprehensive bill we had all been hoping for giving direction to the substance provider community as to sober home licensing and regulation. It will provide for funding from state revenues as to services for treatment-based mental health programs within case management, which is part of the state courts system. It has made changes in the Hal S. Marchman Alcohol and Other Drug Services Act of 1993 more commonly referred to as the “Marchman Act.” Some of the changes rationalize the system with the better known “Baker Act.” We will continue to watch for state legislation that affects the substance abuse community and their providers.

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