Senate OKs Miller bill expanding support following overdose, mental health ER visits

STATE HOUSE – The Senate today voted 34-2 to approve legislation sponsored by Sen. Joshua Miller to expand the Alexander C. Perry and Brandon Goldner Act on hospital discharge planning.

The legislation (2019-S 0139), which now goes to the House of Representatives, would amend the Rhode Island statute consistent with new federal HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) guidance by allowing hospitals to contact the patient’s emergency contact and certified peer recovery specialist in certain situations.

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