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Substance Use Disorder Treatment as Bond Condition

Concerning requiring participation in a treatment plan for a substance use disorder as a condition of bond.
2024 Regular Session
Courts & Judicial
Bill Summary

The bill permits a court to order a person to complete a medical evaluation if the court suspects a substance use disorder contributed to the behavior giving rise to an offense for which the person was charged. The medical evaluation must determine if the person would benefit from a medically guided treatment plan for a substance use disorder (treatment plan). If the court receives a recommendation following the medical evaluation that the person would benefit from a treatment plan, the court may order the person to participate in a treatment plan as a condition of bond.

The person's treatment provider shall submit a report to the court within 2 business days after each scheduled appointment that is part of the person's treatment plan to indicate whether the person is in compliance with the treatment plan. The bill requires a person ordered to participate in a treatment plan to waive any patient privilege necessary for a doctor or treatment provider to report to the court.

The bill prohibits the court from ordering a person required to participate in a treatment plan as a condition of bond to submit to drug or alcohol monitoring other than monitoring required by the treatment plan unless the monitoring is expressly required or permitted pursuant to any other state law.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)




Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. M. Lynch
Sen. B. Pelton



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