An Act To Establish Guidelines for the Stocking and Administration of Epinephrine Autoinjectors in Schools
Mandate preamble. This measure requires one or more local units of government to expand or modify activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenues but does not provide funding for at least 90% of those expenditures. Pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article IX, Section 21, 2/3 of all of the members elected to each House have determined it necessary to enact this measure.
Sec. 1. 20-A MRSA §6305 is enacted to read:
§ 6305. Epinephrine autoinjectors; guidelines; emergency administration
The governing body of the school administrative unit or the approved private school shall annually attest to the department that the schools under its jurisdiction are implementing the protocol in accordance with the provisions of this subsection.
Sec. 2. Rules. By December 1, 2015, the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services, shall amend their rules relating to medication administration in schools in the State to carry out the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 6305. Rules adopted pursuant to this section are major substantive rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A. The rules must:
1. Encourage each school administrative unit and approved private school to submit to the Department of Education, on a form developed by the Department of Education, a report of each incident in the school administrative unit or the approved private school or at a school event involving a severe allergic reaction or the administration of an epinephrine autoinjector;
2. Provide for the development and publication, without disclosing personally identifying information, of an annual report by the Department of Education compiling, summarizing and analyzing all incident reports submitted pursuant to subsection 1; and
3. Establish detailed standards for training programs overseen by school nurses that must be completed by designated school personnel in order to provide or administer an epinephrine autoinjector in accordance with Title 20-A, section 6305. The training program may be conducted online and must, at a minimum, cover: