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Title XXXVIII CRIMES AND PUNISHMENT; PEACE OFFICERS AND PUBLIC DEFENDERS

Chapter 590

Effective - 28 Aug 2018 bottom

  590.1040.  Peer support counseling session communications, confidentiality of — definitions — applicability. — 1.  For purposes of this section, the following terms mean:

  (1)  "Emergency services personnel", any employee or volunteer of an emergency services provider who is engaged in providing or supporting fire fighting, dispatching services, and emergency medical services;

  (2)  "Emergency services provider", any public employer, or ground or air ambulance service as those terms are used in chapter 190, that employs persons to provide fire fighting, dispatching services, and emergency medical services;

  (3)  "Employee assistance program", a program established by a law enforcement agency or emergency services provider to provide professional counseling or support services to employees of a law enforcement agency, emergency services provider, or a professional mental health provider associated with a peer support team;

  (4)  "Law enforcement agency", any public agency that employs law enforcement personnel;

  (5)  "Law enforcement personnel", any person who, by virtue of office or public employment, is vested by law with a duty to maintain public order or to make arrests for violation of the laws of the state of Missouri or ordinances of any municipality thereof, or with a duty to maintain or assert custody or supervision over persons accused or convicted of a crime, while acting within the scope of his or her authority as an employee or volunteer of a law enforcement agency;

  (6)  "Peer support counseling session", any session conducted by a peer support specialist that is called or requested in response to a critical incident or traumatic event involving the personnel of the law enforcement agency or emergency services provider;

  (7)  "Peer support specialist", a person who:

  (a)  Is designated by a law enforcement agency, emergency services provider, employee assistance program, or peer support team leader to lead, moderate, or assist in a peer support counseling session;

  (b)  Is a member of a peer support team; and

  (c)  Has received training in counseling and providing emotional and moral support to law enforcement officers or emergency services personnel who have been involved in emotionally traumatic incidents by reason of his or her employment;

  (8)  "Peer support team", a group of peer support specialists serving one or more law enforcement providers or emergency services providers.

  2.  Any communication made by a participant or peer support specialist in a peer support counseling session, and any oral or written information conveyed in or as the result of a peer support counseling session, are confidential and may not be disclosed by any person participating in the peer support counseling session.

  3.  Any communication relating to a peer support counseling session that is made between peer support specialists, between peer support specialists and the supervisors or staff of an employee assistance program, or between the supervisors or staff of an employee assistance program, is confidential and may not be disclosed.

  4.  The provisions of this section shall apply only to peer support counseling sessions conducted by a peer support specialist.

  5.  The provisions of this section shall apply to all oral communications, notes, records, and reports arising out of a peer support counseling session.  Any notes, records, or reports arising out of a peer support counseling session shall not be public records and shall not be subject to the provisions of chapter 610.  Nothing in this section limits the discovery or introduction into evidence of knowledge acquired by any law enforcement personnel or emergency services personnel from observation made during the course of employment, or material or information acquired during the course of employment, that is otherwise subject to discovery or introduction into evidence.

  6.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to any:

  (1)  Threat of suicide or criminal act made by a participant in a peer support counseling session, or any information conveyed in a peer support counseling session relating to a threat of suicide or criminal act;

  (2)  Information relating to abuse of spouses, children, or the elderly, or other information that is required to be reported by law;

  (3)  Admission of criminal conduct;

  (4)  Disclosure of testimony by a participant who received peer support counseling services and expressly consented to such disclosure; or

  (5)  Disclosure of testimony by the surviving spouse or executor or administrator of the estate of a deceased participant who received peer support counseling services and such surviving spouse or executor or administrator expressly consented to such disclosure.

  7.  The provisions of this section shall not prohibit any communications between peer support specialists who conduct peer support counseling sessions or any communications between peer support specialists and the supervisors or staff of an employee assistance program.

  8.  The provisions of this section shall not prohibit communications regarding fitness of an employee for duty between an employee assistance program and an employer.

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(L. 2018 H.B. 1355 merged with S.B. 870)


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