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Title XII PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE

Chapter 192

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  192.2520.  Citation of law — definitions — telehealth network for victims of sexual offenses, requirements — contracts — report, contents — fund established, use of moneys — rulemaking authority. — 1.  Sections 192.2520 and 197.135 shall be known and may be cited as the "Justice for Survivors Act".

  2.  As used in this section, the following terms shall mean:

  (1)  "Appropriate medical provider", the same meaning as used in section 595.220;

  (2)  "Department", the department of health and senior services;

  (3)  "Evidentiary collection kit", the same meaning as used in section 595.220;

  (4)  "Forensic examination", the same meaning as used in section 595.220;

  (5)  "Telehealth", the same meaning as used in section 191.1145.

  3.  No later than July 1, 2022, there shall be established within the department a statewide telehealth network for forensic examinations of victims of sexual offenses in order to provide access to sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) or other similarly trained appropriate medical providers.  A statewide coordinator for the telehealth network shall be selected by the director of the department of health and senior services and shall have oversight responsibilities and provide support for the training programs offered by the network, as well as the implementation and operation of the network.

  4.  The network shall provide mentoring and educational training services, including:

  (1)  Conducting a forensic examination of a victim of a sexual offense, in accordance with best practices, while utilizing an evidentiary collection kit;

  (2)  Proper documentation, transmission, and storage of the examination evidence;

  (3)  Utilizing trauma-informed care to address the needs of victims;

  (4)  Utilizing telehealth technology while conducting a live examination; and

  (5)  Providing ongoing case consultation and serving as an expert witness in event of a trial.

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The network shall, in the mentoring and educational training services provided, emphasize the importance of obtaining a victim's informed consent to evidence collection, including issues involving minor consent, and the scope and limitations of confidentiality regarding information gathered during the forensic examination.

  5.  The training offered may be made available both online or in person, including the use of video conferencing technology to connect trained interdisciplinary experts with providers in a case-based learning environment.

  6.  The network shall, through telehealth services available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, by a SANE or another similarly trained appropriate medical provider, provide mentoring, consultation services, guidance, and technical assistance to appropriate medical providers during and outside of a forensic examination of a victim of a sexual offense.  The network shall ensure that the system through which the network provides telehealth services meets national standards for interoperability to connect to telehealth systems.

  7.  The department may consult and enter into any necessary contracts with any other local, state, or federal agency, institution of higher education, or private entity to carry out the provisions of this section, including, but not limited to, a contract to:

  (1)  Develop, implement, maintain, or operate the network;

  (2)  Train and provide technical assistance to appropriate medical providers on conducting forensic examinations of victims of sexual offenses and the use of telehealth services; and

  (3)  Provide consultation, guidance, or technical assistance to appropriate medical providers using telehealth services during a forensic examination of a victim of a sexual offense.

  8.  Beginning October 1, 2021, and each year thereafter, all hospitals licensed under chapter 197 shall report to the department the following information for the previous year:

  (1)  The number of forensic examinations of victims of a sexual offense performed at the hospital;

  (2)  The number of forensic examinations of victims of a sexual offense requested to be performed by a victim of a sexual offense that the hospital did not perform and the reason why the examination was not performed;

  (3)  The number of evidentiary collection kits submitted to a law enforcement agency for testing; and

  (4)  After July 1, 2022, the number of appropriate medical providers employed at or contracted with the hospital who utilized the training and telehealth services provided by the network.

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The information reported under this subsection and subsection 9 of this section shall not include any personally identifiable information of any victim of a sexual offense or any appropriate medical provider performing a forensic examination of such victim.

  9.  Beginning January 1, 2022, and each year thereafter, the department shall make publicly available a report that shall include the information submitted under subsection 8 of this section.  The report shall also include, in collaboration with the department of public safety, information about the number of evidentiary collection kits submitted by a person or entity outside of a hospital setting, as well as the number of appropriate medical providers utilizing the training and telehealth services provided by the network outside of a hospital setting.

  10.  (1)  The funding for the network shall be subject to appropriations.  In addition to appropriations from the general assembly, the department shall apply for available grants and shall be able to accept other gifts, grants, bequests, and donations to develop and maintain the network and the training offered by the network.

  (2)  There is hereby created in the state treasury the "Justice for Survivors Telehealth Network Fund", which shall consist of any gifts, grants, bequests, and donations accepted under this subsection.  The state treasurer shall be custodian of the fund.  In accordance with sections 30.170 and 30.180, the state treasurer may approve disbursements.  The fund shall be a dedicated fund and money in the fund shall be used solely by the department for the purpose of developing and maintaining the network and the training offered by the network.  The state treasurer shall invest moneys in the fund in the same manner as other funds are invested.  Any interest and moneys earned on such investments shall be credited to the fund.

  11.  The department shall promulgate rules and regulations in order to implement the provisions of this section, including, but not limited to, the following:

  (1)  The operation of a statewide telehealth network for forensic examinations of victims of sexual offenses;

  (2)  The development of training for appropriate medical providers conducting a forensic examination of a victim of a sexual offense; and

  (3)  Maintenance of records and data privacy and security of patient information.

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Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date, or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2020, shall be invalid and void.

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(L. 2020 S.B. 569)

CROSS REFERENCE:

Forensic examination requirements, 197.135


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