SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 1437
93RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE THRELKELD.
Read 1st time January 18, 2006 and copies ordered printed.
STEPHEN S. DAVIS, Chief Clerk
To repeal sections 190.350, 190.353, and 190.355, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof two new sections relating to poison information and control.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Sections 190.350, 190.353, and 190.355, RSMo, are repealed and two new sections enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as sections 190.353 and 190.355, to read as follows:
190.353. 1. The [advisory committee on poison control] department of health and senior services shall:
(1) Provide for the establishment of a "Missouri Regional Poison Information Center" capable of providing the services described in subsection  2 of this section based on the best demonstrated ability to perform such services as evidenced by past performance of such services and by current certification as a regional poison control center by the American Association of Poison Control Centers[;]. The department shall, in conjunction with local health agencies and health care providers, determine the region to be served by the center; and
(2) Provide for the establishment of a "Missouri Poison Control Network" to consist of poison prevention and treatment centers throughout the state of Missouri, representing all federally designated emergency medical services areas[;
(3) Establish policies for data collection at poison treatment centers and procedures for the medical treatment of victims of poisoning and overdose;
(4) Develop a systematic plan for the statewide education of the general public and health care professionals on the control and proper use of poisonous substances and the treatment of poison victims;
(5) Cooperate with the Missouri poison information center in systems evaluation and in review of morbidity and mortality rates among poison victims; and
(6) Fund educational programs at area poison treatment centers for the general public and for health care professionals.
2. The committee shall submit an annual report to the presiding officers of each house of the general assembly and the department of health and senior services concerning the administration of the Missouri poison control network, and shall cooperate with the department of health and senior services for the purpose of providing data for health planning].
[3.] 2. The Missouri poison information center shall provide:
(1) A twenty-four hour toll-free telephone referral and information service for the general public and health care professionals, supervised by a physician who is board-certified in the field of clinical toxicology and staffed by licensed professionals who are certified as information specialists or whose certification is pending, according to the requirements of the American Association of Poison Control Centers;
(2) Design and coordination of appropriate public and professional education services in the area of poison treatment and prevention;
(3) Plans for cooperation between the Missouri poison control network and health and emergency service agencies and associations involved in poison control activities;
(4) Program evaluation and systematic data collection on poison exposures in cooperation with the department of health and senior services; and
(5) Coordination of poison control, treatment, and education activities of poison prevention and treatment centers.
190.355. The [advisory committee on poison control may contract for services from such private persons, agencies, and corporations as are necessary to fully effectuate the purposes of sections 190.350 to 190.355, and] Missouri regional poison information center shall fully utilize existing institutions and services for the control and treatment of poisons.
[190.350. 1. The "Advisory Committee on Poison Control" is hereby created within the department of health and senior services.
2. The committee shall consist of nine members, as follows:
(1) The director of the department of health and senior services or his designee;
(2) One health care professional with demonstrated ability and experience in the area of poison from each of the seven federally designated emergency medical services areas in this state. Such members shall be appointed by the governing body of each area, or, in cases where no governing body has been formed, by the director of the department of health and senior services, and shall serve terms of four years; and
(3) The director of the Missouri poison information center established pursuant to section 190.353.
3. The committee shall meet within ten days after September 28, 1985, and organize by selecting a chairman and vice chairman. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum.
4. The members of the committee shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.]