2009 -- H 6010

Enacted 04/22/09



H O U S E  R E S O L U T I O N




     Introduced By: Representatives Naughton, McNamara, M Rice, E Coderre, and Ferri

     Date Introduced: March 24, 2009




     WHEREAS, An individual who a physician believes is in need of immediate care and

treatment and whose presence in the community would create an imminent likelihood of serious

harm by reason of mental disability may be held for up to seventy-two (72) hours for examination

and evaluation (“psychiatric hold”); and

     WHEREAS, Due to the lack of inpatient psychiatric beds in the State of Rhode Island,

patients who are subject to psychiatric holds as a result of a visit to an acute care hospital

emergency department must stay in the emergency department for the duration of the psychiatric

hold; and

     WHEREAS, It is medically inappropriate for psychiatric patients to be held in an acute

care hospital and/or an emergency department rather than be transferred to a psychiatric facility to

receive treatment for their illness; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That a special house commission be and the same is hereby created

consisting of three (3) members: two (2) of whom shall be appointed by the Speaker of the

House; and one of whom shall be appointed by the House Minority Leader.

     The purpose of said commission shall be to make a comprehensive study of the

implications and consequences of psychiatric holds in hospital emergency departments.

     Forthwith upon passage of this resolution, the members of the commission shall meet at

the call of the Speaker of the House and organize and shall select a chairperson. Vacancies in said

commission shall be filled in like manner as the original appointment.

     The membership of said commission shall receive no compensation for their services.

     All departments and agencies of the state, shall furnish such advice and information,

documentary and otherwise, to said commission and its agents as is deemed necessary or

desirable by the commission to facilitate the purposes of this resolution.

     The Speaker of the House is hereby authorized and directed to provide suitable quarters

for said commission; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the commission shall report is findings and recommendations to the

House of Representatives no later than January 5, 2010, and said commission shall expire on

March 5, 2010.