Citations Affected: IC 16-38; noncode.
Synopsis: Birth problems registry. Continues the birth problems
registry by repealing a provision that abolishes the registry as of July
1, 2007. Establishes the prenatal substance abuse commission to
develop a plan to improve early intervention and treatment for pregnant
women who abuse alcohol or drug or use tobacco. (The introduced
version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on
Effective: June 30, 2007; July 1, 2007.
January 23, 2007, read first time and referred to Committee on Public Health.
February 8, 2007, amended, reported _ Do Pass.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to repeal a provision of the Indiana Code
(5) One (1) physician specializing in addiction treatment of pregnant women.
(6) One (1) physician specializing in the care of pregnant women.
(7) One (1) social worker certified in the treatment of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse.
(8) One (1) woman who has received treatment for alcohol, tobacco, or other drug abuse during pregnancy.
(9) One (1) advocate recommended by the March of Dimes, Indiana Chapter.
(10) One (1) prosecuting attorney or a deputy prosecuting attorney who practices in a drug court established under IC 12-23-14.5.
(11) One (1) judge of a drug court established under IC 12-23-14.5.
(12) Two (2) members of the house of representatives. The members appointed under this subdivision may not be members of the same political party.
(13) Two (2) members of the senate. The members appointed under this subdivision may not be members of the same political party.
The speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint the members under subdivisions (5), (7), (9), (10), and (12) not later than August 15, 2007. The president pro tempore of the senate shall appoint the members under subdivisions (6), (8), (11), and (13) not later than August 15, 2007. Vacancies shall be filled by the appointing authority for the remainder of the unexpired term.
(d) A majority of the members of the commission constitutes a quorum.
(e) The state department of health shall provide staff and administrative support for the commission.
(f) The state health commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall convene the first meeting of the commission before October 15, 2007. The commission shall elect a member of the commission to serve as chairperson of the commission. The commission shall meet at the call of the chairperson and shall meet as often as necessary to carry out the purpose of this SECTION. However, the commission shall meet not less than quarterly.
(g) Members of the commission are not entitled to a salary per diem or reimbursement of expenses for service on the commission.
(h) The affirmative votes of a majority of the commission's
members are required for the commission to take action on any
(i) The commission shall submit reports to the governor and the legislative council as follows:
(1) Not later than August 15, 2008, an interim report that contains any interim findings and recommendations of the commission.
(2) Not later than August 15, 2009, a final report that contains the findings and recommendations of the commission and an implementation plan to improve early intervention and treatment for pregnant women who abuse alcohol or drugs or use tobacco.
The reports required under this subsection must be submitted in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.
(j) This SECTION expires December 31, 2009.