Micah Pearson, representing the National Alliance for Mental Illness, testified in support of HB 21-1211. Mr. Pearson responded to questions regarding standards for the provision of mental health services.
Rebecca Wallace, representing the ACLU, testified in support of the bill.
Dr. Jeffrey Metzner, representing the Colorado Psychiatric Society, testified in support of the bill.
Meghan Baker, representing Disability Law Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
Lauren Snyder, representing Mental Health Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Snyder responded to questions regarding how the Department of Corrections and the Division of Youth Services work around the use of solitary confinement, and disproportionality in the use of solitary confinement. Discussion ensued regarding standards pertaining to mental health care in correctional facilities, and policies at the county level. Discussion followed regarding the curtailment of the use of restrictive housing in other jurisdictions. Discussion turned to the incorporation of certain standards into HB 21-1211, and accrediting bodies for incarceration health care standards. Ms. Snyder responded to questions regarding how county jails would execute the provisions of the bill. Various panelists provided input on this issue.