The bill requires the division of homeland security and emergency management in the department of public safety (division), on or before January 1, 2022, to implement a pilot grant program (program) to help finance the use of nurse intake of 911 calls, which involves nurses assisting with 911 dispatch for the purpose of diverting nonurgent 911 calls to medical care that does not require ambulance service or treatment in an emergency room , or the use of a substantially comparable 911 triage system . The division, after reviewing applications, shall designate 4 public safety answering points to participate in the program, one of which is located in a county with 60,000 or more residents and 3 of which are located in a county or counties with fewer than 60,000 residents. To participate in the program, the designated public safety answering points must enter into a contract with an entity that can provide nurses who are trained and equipped to provide nurse intake of 911 calls or operate its own program for nurse intake of 911 calls or a substantially comparable 911 triage system .
On or before June 1, 2023, the division shall report to the judiciary committees in the senate and the house of representatives or their successor committees on the program, including reporting on patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes and on annual cost savings tied to the program .
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)