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NO. 132. AN ACT RELATING TO THE CREATION OF A COMMISSION ON PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA VICTIMS.

(H.709)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. COMMISSION ON PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA

(a) It is the policy of the state of Vermont to assure that quality mental health and support services are effectively administered to individuals who have experienced psychological trauma.

(b) A commission shall be formed for purposes of evaluating and proposing a manner to ensure that individualized, high quality mental health and support services are provided to individuals who have experienced psychological trauma.

(c) The commission on psychological trauma shall include:

(1) the commissioner of developmental and mental health services or a designee;

(2) at least eight additional members appointed by the governor, including:

(A) one representative of community mental health centers, after consultation with the association of community mental health centers;

(B) one representative of health care insurance companies, after consultation with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, the organization representing health maintenance organizations, and the organization representing health insurance companies;

(C) one representative of the Medicaid program, after consultation with the commissioner of social welfare;

(D) two individuals who have experienced psychological trauma, including one individual after consultation with the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and one individual after consultation with the Vermont Psychiatric Survivors;

(E) one member, after consultation with the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault;

(F) one armed services veteran, after consultation with the office of the National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Center of the White River Junction Veterans’ Administration Medical and Regional Office Center;

(G) one human resource coordinator from the private sector; and

(H) any additional members deemed necessary.

(d) The department of developmental and mental health services shall provide administrative support and staff for the commission on psychological trauma victims.

(e) The commission shall report on its work and findings to the house and senate committees on health and welfare on or before October 15, 2000. The commission shall cease to exist when this reporting requirement is complete.

Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE

This act shall take effect on passage.

Approved: May 12, 2000