2018 JCHC Legislation

HB 1251 Amended- Delegate Cline

SB 726 Amended- Senator Dunnavant

CBD oil and THC-A oil; certification for use; dispensing. Provides that a practitioner may issue a written certification for the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil or THC-A oil for the treatment or to alleviate the symptoms of any diagnosed condition or disease determined by the practitioner to benefit from such use. Under current law, a practitioner may only issue such certification for the treatment or to alleviate the symptoms of intractable epilepsy. The bill increases the supply of CBD oil or THC-A oil a pharmaceutical processor may dispense from a 30-day supply to a 90-day supply. The bill reduces the minimum amount of cannabidiol or tetrahydrocannabinol acid per milliliter for a dilution of the Cannabis plant to fall under the definition of CBD oil or THC-A oil, respectively. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care. The bill contains an emergency clause. This bill incorporates SB 597, SB 788, and SB 795.

Enacted -Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0809)

 

SB 330 Amended- Senator Dunnavant

CBD and THC-A oil. Adds cannabidiol oil (CBD oil) or THC-A oil to the list of covered substances the dispensing of which must be reported to the Prescription Monitoring Program. The bill requires a practitioner, prior to issuing a written certification for CBD oil or THC-A oil to a patient, to request information from the Director of the Department of Health Professions for the purpose of determining what other covered substances have been dispensed to the patient.

The bill requires the Board of Pharmacy to (i) promulgate regulations that include a process for registering CBD oil and THC-A oil products and (ii) require an applicant for a pharmaceutical processor permit to submit to fingerprinting and provide personal descriptive information to be forwarded through the Central Criminal Records Exchange to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a criminal history record search. The bill requires a pharmacist or pharmacy technician, prior to the initial dispensing of each written certification, to (a) make and maintain for two years a paper or electronic copy of the written certification that provides an exact image of the document that is clearly legible; (b) view a current photo identification of the patient, parent, or legal guardian; and (c) verify current board registration of the practitioner and the corresponding patient, parent, or legal guardian. The bill requires that, prior to any subsequent dispensing of each written certification, the pharmacist, pharmacy technician, or delivery agent view the current written certification; a current photo identification of the patient, parent, or legal guardian; and the current board registration issued to the patient, parent, or legal guardian.

Finally, the bill requires a pharmaceutical processor to ensure that the percentage of tetrahydrocannabinol in any THC-A oil on site is within 10 percent of the level of tetrahydrocannabinol measured for labeling and to establish a stability testing schedule of THC-A oil. As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.

Enacted -Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0567)

 

HB 813 Amended- Delegate Hope

Direct support professional workforce; recommendations and report. Directs the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, in conjunction with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Department of Medical Assistance Services, the Department of Social Services, the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards, the Virginia Network of Private Providers, and other relevant provider organizations and stakeholders, to convene a work group in support of the Joint Commission on Health Care's efforts to improve the quality of the Commonwealth's direct support professional workforce and, if necessary, develop recommendations for policy changes to increase the transparency of the employment history of direct support professional job candidates. Recommendations are to be reported to the Joint Commission on Health Care by October 1, 2018.  As introduced, this bill was a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.

Enacted- Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0452)

 

JCHC’s SB 804 (Senator Carrico) was incorporated into the following bill.

SB 580- Senator Hanger

Data collection and dissemination; governance. Amends the Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act (§ 2.2-3800 et seq.) to facilitate the sharing of data among agencies of the Commonwealth and between the Commonwealth and political subdivisions. The bill creates the position of Chief Data Officer of the Commonwealth (CDO), housed in the office of the Secretary of Administration, to (i) develop guidelines regarding data usage, storage, and privacy and (ii) coordinate and oversee data sharing in the Commonwealth to promote the usage of data in improving the delivery of services. The bill also creates a temporary Data Sharing and Analytics Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) to advise the CDO in the initial establishment of guidelines and best practices and to make recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly regarding a permanent data governance structure.

The bill directs the CDO and the Advisory Committee to focus their initial efforts on developing a project for the sharing, analysis, and dissemination at a state, regional, and local level of data related to substance abuse, with a focus on opioid addiction, abuse, and overdose.

This bill incorporates SB 459, SB 719, SB 804, and SB 830.

Enacted- Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0679)