2020 Arizona State Legislature Session - Disability Policy
HB2051: Informed Consent; Pelvic Examinations
Proposes that pelvic examinations conducted without the consent of an anesthetized or unconscious patient's consent will be considered unprofessional conduct of licensed doctors, physician's assistants and nurse practioners, unless a medical emergency occurs that requires a pelvic examination.
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HB2067: Sex Ed; Comprehensive; Medically Accurate
Adds language to provide medically accurate and comprehensive sexual education to Arizona middle school and junior high students that allows parents and guardians to opt out of the curriculum.
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HB2097: Schools; Child Abuse Hotline
Requires Arizona public schools to publicly post signs displaying the Department of Child Safety abuse hotline and website in an area clearly visible to the students.
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HB2277: Schools; sex education instruction (Hernandez)
Provide sex education instruction that is medically accurate and age-appropriate for pupils who are in kindergarten through 12th grade
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HB2318: Healthcare institutions; accredidation; inspections
The Department of Health Services is authorized to accept an accreditation report in lieu of a compliance inspection for any health care institution, instead of only a behavioral health residential facility providing services to children, only if the institution is accredited by an independent, nonprofit accrediting organization approved by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the institution has not been subject to an enforcement action within the year preceding the annual licensing fee anniversary date.
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HB2361: Sex Education; Child Abuse prevention (fillmore)
School districts and charter schools are prohibited from providing sex education instruction to a student before 6th grade. If a school district or charter school offers sex education instruction, the instruction is required to be medically and factually accurate, and to emphasize biological sex and not gender identities. School districts and charter schools are prohibited from providings the instruction to a student without written permission from the student's parent. All sex education materials and instruction are required to promote honor and respect for monogamous marriage. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, school districts and charter schools are required to establish education and training on child abuse prevention for both school personnel and for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. This education and training must be designed to promote self-protection and accountability and to prevent the abuse of children, including sexual abuse, and other requirements for the training are established. School districts and charter schools are also required to provide personnel with education and training on prevention techniques for and recognition of child abuse, and information that must be included is specified. School district schools and charter schools are also required to post in a public area of the school that is readily accessible to students a sign that is at least 11 inches by 17 inches, that is placed at students' eye level, and that contains a list of information related to child abuse, child neglect and the exploitation of children in English and in Spanish, including the telephone number of the centralized intake hotline concerning suspected abuse and neglect of children. The authorization for school districts to provide instruction to students on acquired immune deficiency syndrome and the human immunodeficiency virus is limited to students in grades 6 through 12. Appropriates $415,000 from the general fund in FY2020-21 to the Department of Education to distribute to school districts and charter school to establish education and training on child abuse prevention as required by this legislation.
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HB2372: Schools; dyslexia; screening; training
The deadline for the Department of Education to develop a dyslexia screening plan is extended one year, to July 1, 2021. The deadline for each school district and charter school ensure that at least one kindergarten through third grade teacher in each school has received dyslexia training is extended one year, to July 1, 2022.
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HB2391: Sexual violence; interpreters; service providers
A linguistic interpreter is prohibited from disclosing as a witness and communication between a victim and a linguistic interpreter is protected in the same manner as communication between a victim and a crime victim advocate. Establishes the Sexual Assault Services Fund, to be administered by the Department of Economic Security. The Dept is required to spend monies in the Fund to provide financial assistance through a competitive grant process to "sexual violence service providers" (defined) for victims of sexual violence through contracts for services. Eligibility requirements to receive Fund monies are specified. Appropriates $10 million from the general fund in FY2020-21 to the Fund for providing the grants.
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HB2428: Medicare Supplement; disability; renal disease
Any insurer that offers Medicare supplement insurance policies in Arizona to persons who are at least 65 years of age is required to also offer Medicare supplement insurance policies to persons who are eligible for and enrolled in Medicare due to a disability or end-stage renal disease. All benefits and coverages that apply to a Medicare enrollee who is at least 65 years of age must also apply to a Medicare enrollee who is enrolled due to a disability or end-stage renal disease. Any premium charged to an enrollee who qualifies for Medicare due to a disability or end-stage renal disease cannot be excessive or unfairly discriminatory compared to the premium charged to an enrollee who qualifies for Medicare due to being at least 65 years of age. A Medicare supplement insurance policy cannot prohibit a payment made by a third party on behalf of an enrollee if full payment is made in a timely manner as provided in the policy.
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HB2432: Newborn screenings; report
By December 31, 2021, the Department of Health Services, in conjunction with the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Administration, is required to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature on the Newborn Screening Program. Information that must be included in the report is specified. Self-repeals July 1, 2022.
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HB2449: Schools; Pupil discipline
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HB2450: Early Childhood Mental Health; Appropriations
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HB2514: Schools; special ed weights; funding
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HB2535: AHCCCS; Preventative dental care
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HB2538: Health care workers; assault; prevention
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HB2539: Statewide ada coordinator; appropriation
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HB2540: Emotional Abuse; vulnerable adults
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HB2541: Health Care institutions; education; abuse
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HB2542: Mandatory reporting; vulnerable adults; penalties
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HB2549: Adult Protective services; audit; appropriation
Provide sex education instruction that is medically accurate and age-appropriate for pupils who are in kindergarten through 12th grade
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HB2550: DHS; Long-Term Care facility supervisors
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HB2569: DCS; investigation; schools; children; disabilities
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HB2579: Informed consent; pelvic examinations
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HB2581: Dangerous; incompetent person; evaluation; commitment
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HB2582: End of Life Decisions; terminally ill patients
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HB2596: Children's Health Insurance Program; eligibility
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HB2632: AHCCCS; Eligibility
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HB2658: Schools; sex Ed (Biasiucci)
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HB2662: Technical Correction; disabled parking; reciprocity
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SB1049: Advisory Council on Aging
Establishes the state advisory council on aging to be moved under the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family from the Department of Economic Security.
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SB1055: Hard of Hearing Commission; Continuation
Proposes to continue the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing until 2028.
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SB1056: Deaf; Hard of Hearing; Deafblind
The duties of the Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing are expanded to include issues and services relating to the needs of the "deafblind" (defined), and to include making recommendations to the Legislature on assessment standards that optimize the language acquisition and literacy development of deaf and hard of hearing newborns, infants and children.
SB1058: Independent Educational Evaluations
On request for an independent educational evaluation, a public education agency shall provide to the parent of a child with a disability information about where an independent educational evaluation may be obtained and the agency criteria that apply to the independent educational evaluation, including reasonable cost limits.
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SB1060: Special Education; Group B Weights
Monies in the Extraordinary Special Education Needs Fund are continuously appropriated, instead of subject to legislative appropriation.
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SB1074: Occupational Therapists; Fingerprint Clearance Cards
Beginning January 1, 2021, an applicant for licensure by the Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners is required to possess a valid fingerprint clearance card, instead of being required to submit a full set of fingerprints for a criminal records check.
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SB1080: Child in Dsitress alert; requirements
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is required to establish the child in distress alert notification system as a quick response system designed to issue and coordinate alerts following the report of a missing child who is under 19 years of age and who is in the custody of the Department of Child Safety (DCS) or the foster care system. Circumstances under which DPS is required to issue a child in distress alert are specified. If DPS issues an alert, the law enforcement agency investigating the missing child is required to collect a list of information about the child and disseminate that information to other law enforcement agencies and on social media platforms. DCS is required to disseminate information about the missing child to major media outlets and social media platforms, contact state and federal agencies providing monies to DCS for the child and request that the agency stop providing monies, and contact the missing child's biological family.
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SB1082: Sex Ed; Schools (S. Allen)
Numerous changes to statutes relating to "sex education" (defined) in public schools. Prohibits charter schools, in addition to school districts, from providing sex education instruction to a student unless the student's parent provides written permission. Establishes a list information that school districts and charter schools are required to provide when seeking written permission from parents for sex education. Before a school district or charter school offers sex education instruction, the school district governing board or charter school governing body is required to review and approve the sex education course of study and ensure compliance with statute. Before approval, the board must make any proposed sex education course of study available to the public for review and comment. Sex education instruction is required to emphasize sexual risk avoidance rather than sexual risk reduction, and is prohibited from normalizing sexual conduct between minors or with a minor. Authorization for schools to provide instruction to students on AIDS and HIV is limited to students in grades 7 through 12. By December 15, 2020, each school district and charter school that offers any sex education instruction is required to review its course of study and revise it to comply with this legislation.
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SB1086: DHS; Long-Term Care Facility Surveyors
Allots an additional $3,300,000 and 44 full-time employees to the Arizona Department of Health Services to hire more long-term care facility surveyors.
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SB1088: Developmental disabilities; spina bifida
The state definition of "developmental disability" is expanded to include a severe, chronic disability that is attributable to "spina bifida" (defined).
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SB1120: schools; sexual education Instruction (Steele)
All school districts and charter schools are required to provide sex education instruction that is "medically accurate" and "age-appropriate" (both defined) for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Information that must be included in sex education instruction is specified. Sex education for grades 6 through 12 is required to stress the importance of using effective methods of contraception, including abstinence, to prevent unintended pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted infections. School districts and charter schools are required to make sex education instruction materials available for parental review. A student may be excused from any part of the instruction only at the written request of the student's parent or guardian. Parents have the right to opt out of sex education, instead of the right to opt in. Statute governing parental involvement in schools and requiring school boards to adopt policies promoting parent involvement that include a list of required provisions is expanded to include charter schools.
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SB1132: Vulnerable adults; Theft interferences; jurisdiction
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SB1170: AHCCS; Pregnant Women; Dental Care
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