Kentucky Bill Regarding Substance Abuse Treatment for Pregnant Women (SB 162)
This law was last updated on May 22, 2015
SB 162 would have mandated that priority be shown to pregnant women in terms of access to substance abuse treatment or recovery service programs and would have prevented discrimination against pregnant women by treatment providers.
Practitioners that fail to recognize controlled substance abuse by a pregnant patient would not have been held liable. At the same time, practitioners that do notice and refer or encourage a pregnant woman to initiate treatment for controlled substance abuse would also not have been held liable.
SB 162 would have prevented the filing of a petition to terminate the parental rights of a pregnant woman who used a controlled substance during pregnancy if she, by the 20th week of pregnancy, enrolls in and maintains compliance with both a substance abuse treatment or recovery program and prenatal care throughout the remaining term of that pregnancy.