Rules of Evidence – Comment Period Closed March 25, 2021

URE0507.01.   (NEW). Behavioral Or Medical Emergency Services Technician-Patient. New evidentiary privilege covering confidential communications between a patient and a medical or behavioral emergency services technician, made during the provision of behavioral emergency services. This rule is a companion to proposed Senate Bill 53 (SB 53), creating a new first responder position—Behavioral Emergency Services Technician (“BEST”)—and its adoption is dependent upon the passage of that bill. The effective date of the rule would coincide with the effective date of Department of Health guidelines governing the function and scope of the BEST position.