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FD22BD539A2A42BC872586930075A6B6 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB21-1097

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date Mar 9, 2021      
Location HCR 0112



HB21-1097 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

02:25:05 PM  
Representative Young, bill sponsor, introduced HB21-1097. This bill requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to develop a plan for the creation of the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), and to establish the BHA with specified duties by July 1, 2022.

Plan to establish the BHA. By November 1, 2021, the DHS must develop a plan for the creation of the BHA, as recommended by the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force. The plan must include:

· recommendations for funding and legislation to implement the plan and the BHA;
· a list of state programs that should be managed by the BHA;
· the governance structure of the BHA;
· potential opportunities for collaboration with local governments;
· recommendations on how to deal with grievances, appeals, and ombudsman services for the BHA;
· a data integration plan; and
· a description of how to ensure the availability of programs and to establish a standard of care.

In addition, several state agencies are tasked with coordinating with the DHS to develop recommendations that align and integrate the BHA with medical assistance programs, private insurance, and prevention and preventive services.

Duties of the BHA. The bill requires that the DHS establish the BHA no later than July 1, 2022, and specifies the duties of the agency, which include:

· being the single state agency responsible for state behavioral health programs;
· receiving coordinating and distributing behavioral health funding;
· monitoring, evaluating, and reporting data on behavioral health outcomes;
· promoting a system that supports a whole-person approach; and
· promoting culturally responsive and equitable behavioral health care.

In establishing the BHA, the bill requires the DHS to promulgate rules to provide oversight of the agency. Until the BHA is fully operational, the agency is housed in the DHS. The DHS is required to provide recommendations to the General Assembly on the location of the BHA by November 1, 2024. If no decision is made by June 30, 2025, the BHA will remain in the DHS.

02:26:33 PM  
Representative Pelton, bill sponsor, made opening remarks about the bill.
02:34:23 PM  
Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera, representing State of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:36:13 PM  
Michelle Barnes, Executive Director, representing CDHS, testified in support of the bill.
02:39:51 PM  
Director Kim Bimestefer, representing Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance (HCPF), testified in support of the bill.
02:47:24 PM  
Mr. Vincent Atchity, President and CEO, representing Mental Health Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:48:46 PM  
Ms. Barbara Drake, Deputy County Manager for Douglas County, representing Behavioral Health Task Force, testified in support of the bill.
02:52:15 PM  
Daniel Darting, Executive Director, representing Signal Behavioral Health Network, testified in support of the bill.
02:55:26 PM  
Steve Haden, representing Envision: You, testified in support of the bill.
03:02:48 PM  
Ms. Laura Teachout, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:03:29 PM  
Leslie Patterson, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:06:34 PM  
Ms. Carol Meredith, Executive Director, representing The Arc in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, testified in support of the bill.
03:11:38 PM  

Dr. Cordelia Robinson-Rosenberg, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

 

03:12:00 PM  
Committee members thanked the previous witnesses.
03:15:43 PM  
Valerie Schlecht, representing Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
03:17:49 PM  
Mr. Frank Cornelia, representing Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, testified in support of the bill.
03:20:48 PM  
Alli Daley, representing Children's Hospital Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:24:38 PM  
Commissioner Hilary Cooper, representing Colorado Counties Incorporated (CCI), testified in support of the bill.
03:29:05 PM  
Brian Turner, representing
Solvista Health, testified in support of the bill.


Submitted written
testimony can be found in Attachment D.
03:33:29 PM  
Representative Pelton
introduced and spoke about L.005 (Attachment E).


03:34:38 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment E)
Moved Pelton
Seconded Ricks
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:34:53 PM  
Representative Young
introduced and spoke about L.009 (Attachment F).


03:35:29 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.009 (Attachment F)
Moved Young
Seconded Sirota
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:35:51 PM  
Representative Young
introduced and spoke about L.006 (Attachment G).


03:36:18 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.006 (Attachment G)
Moved Young
Seconded Ricks
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:36:32 PM  
Representative Young
introduced and spoke about L.007 (Attachment H).


03:37:02 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.007 (Attachment H)
Moved Young
Seconded Ricks
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:37:14 PM  
Representative Young
introduced and spoke about L.004 (Attachment I).


03:37:44 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment I)
Moved Young
Seconded Sirota
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:38:05 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.008 (Attachment J)
Moved Pelton
Seconded Ricks
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:38:26 PM  
Representative Pelton and Representative Young gave final remarks on the bill.
03:40:34 PM  
Committee members made final remarks on the bill.


03:42:37 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1097, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Young
Seconded Pelton
Bradfield Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Larson Yes
Ortiz Yes
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 13   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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