New EMS requirement for patients of domestic violence

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LOUISVILLE — The Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association became aware today of Kentucky House Bill 309, which will require EMS to report an act of domestic violence and abuse or dating violence and abuse to a law enforcement officer at the request of the victim, and to provide a suspected victim of domestic or dating violence with certain educational materials.

The full text of the bill can be read here.

The bill states that these new requirements apply to emergency medical technicians, paramedics, or any organization or agency employing any of these professionals.

The bill was signed into law by Governor Matt Bevin on April 11 and is expected to take effect in late June. Violators shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.

The ambulance association is not aware of where ambulance services can obtain the educational materials that they will be required to distribute, but a provision in the bill states:

(2) A nonprofit corporation designated by the cabinet pursuant to Section 13 of this Act as a primary service provider for domestic violence shelter, crisis, and advocacy services in the district in which the provider is located shall make the educational materials required under this section available on its Web site or in print form for professionals to provide to possible victims of domestic violence and abuse or dating violence and abuse.

KAPA encourages any members with questions to contact their local KAPA representative.