HB4377 S JUD AMT #1 3-9

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The Committee on the Judiciary moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

Eng. House Bill 4377 A Bill to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto two new sections, designated 27-5-1b and 27-5-3a; to amend and reenact 27-5-2, 27-5-3, 27-5-4, and 27-5-10 of said code; and to amend and reenact 61-7A-2, 61-7A-4, and 61-7A-5 of said code, all relating generally to involuntary commitment; directing participation by certain groups and entities in a study of the feasibility of developing alternatives to law enforcement transportation of patients; requiring an audit process for mental hygiene services; clarifying conditions for which involuntary commitment is inappropriate; authorizing video conferencing for hearings and evaluations; establishing time limits for completion tasks necessary to the commitment process; requiring reimbursement for transportation costs to the appropriate law enforcement agency; establishing state policy that a person committed for what is determined to be a physical condition is not considered to have been committed for a mental illness or addiction and not a basis for firearms disqualification, professional licensure, or employment purposes; requiring the entry of an order when a mistaken commitment is discovered; clarifying the distinction between hospitalizations for evaluation from those for treatment; and defining terms.