The committee took a brief recess.
The committee was called back to order, and Senators Gardner and Lambert explained the four following bills:
- SB18-249 concerning establishing alternative programs in the criminal justice system to divert individiuals with a mental health condition to community treatment, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
- SB18-250 concerning the provision of jail-based behavioral health services, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
- SB18-251 concerning establishing a statewide behavioral health court liaison program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
- SB18-252 concerning actions related to determinations of competency to proceed, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Senator Gardner further explained the reasons for bringing forth these bills so late in the session, including compliance and fines in federal court. Senator Lambert discussed the stakeholder process and prior work on these issues in the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) and elsewhere. He emphasized the urgency of the legislation.
Carolyn Kampman, Chief Legislative Analyst with the JBC, distributed and explained a handout concerning the bills (Attachment C). She reviewed the problem, recent JBC and General Assembly actions, bill drafting, and policy objectives.
A handout regarding the growing demand for competency restoration was distributed (Attachment D).
The following amendments were distributed:
- SB18-249: L.003 (Attachment E)
- SB18-250: L.002 and L.003 (Attachments F and G)
- SB18-251: L.001, L.002, L.004, and L.005 (Attachments H, I, J, and K)
- SB18-252: L.001, L.002, and L.003 (Attachments L, M, and N)