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8E8FDB6D11A8BA22872588230071C958 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB22-181

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date Apr 13, 2022      
Location SCR 357



SB22-181 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


02:42:54 PM  
Senator Bridges and Senator Simpson, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 22-181, which requires the Behavioral Health Administration in the Department of Human Services to create and begin implementing a Behavioral Health Care Provider Workforce Plan by September 1, 2022. The bill provides detail on the workforce plan, including requirements to work with the Department of Higher Education, institutions of higher education, and community colleges to provide job shadowing, internship, incentives, loan repayment, scholarships, marketing, and other programs to increase the behavioral health workforce. The plan also must include expanding the peer support professional workforce; aligning workforce standards, and raising awareness among providers of opportunities to invest and strengthen their behavioral health care staff.

Committee members asked questions of the sponsors.

02:53:08 PM  
Frank Cornelia, representing the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, testified in support of the bill.
02:58:43 PM  
Summer Gathercole, representing the Behavioral Health Administration, testified in support of the bill.

Mr. Ronnie Vasquez, representing Mental Health Partners, testified in support of the bill.

Ms. Christine Cork, representing Mental Health Partners, testified in support of the bill.

Amy Lyden-Cardinal, representing the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, testified in support of the bill.

Dr. Michael Dow, representing Mental Health Partners, testified in support of the bill.

Committee members asked questions of the panel.

03:23:21 PM  
Mr. Andrew Rose, representing the Colorado Medicaid Behavioral Health Provider Network, testified to amend the bill.

Mr. Ari Hoffman, representing the Integrated Care Institute, testified to amend the bill.

03:32:20 PM  
Mr. Jacob Merrion, representing the Colorado Providers Association, testified in support of the bill.

Ms. Breeah Kinsella, representing the Colorado Providers Association, testified in support of the bill.

Steve Holloway, representing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, testified in support of the bill.

Mr. Michael Macklin, representing the Colorado Community College System, testified in support of the bill.

03:45:04 PM  
Hope Hyatt, representing
the Colorado Mental Wellness Network, testified to amend the bill.



Ms. Tonya Wheeler, representing Advocates for Recovery Colorado, testified
in support of the bill.



Peyton Coder, representing Envision: You, testified in support of the bill.



Committee members asked questions of the panel.



Additional written testimony was submitted to the committee (Attachment
C).
04:01:12 PM  
Senator Bridges and
Senator Simpson introduced and explained amendment L.001 (Attachment D).



04:01:48 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment D).
Moved Simpson
Seconded
Buckner
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Smallwood Excused
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:05:59 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-181, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Simpson
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Excused
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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