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j_micjs_2017a_2017-06-26t10:08:51z1 Hearing Summary

Date: 06/26/2017

Location: SCR 352

Final

Advisory Task Force Membership Update & Discussion of Advisory Task Force V



COMMITTEE ON TREATMENT OF PERSONS WITH MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM


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10:15 AM -- Advisory Task Force Membership Update & Discussion of Advisory Task Force Vacancies



Ms. Walton presented information on the candidate to fill the Department of Corrections (DOC) vacancy. The candidate, Joy Hart, is the chief of behavioral health, clinical services division, and is based in Colorado Springs. She explained that the other vacancy is for a practicing mental health provider. Ms. Walton explained that she and Ms. Walton are looking for a candidate who does not work at an organization already represented on the Task Force.



Representative Benavidez asked how many mental health professionals are on the Task Force. Ms. Harding explained that there are several clinicians filling various roles on the Task Force but in roles representing certain offices. Additionally, there are two specific seats reserved on the Task Force for practicing mental health providers that are not a part of state agencies. Representative Benavidez asked about community-based providers with expertise in cultural competency. Ms. Harding said that she didn't believe anyone on the Task Force currently has that expertise but that she welcomed any recommendations. Ms. Harding and committee members continued to discuss the vacancy and appointment process.





10:22 AM



Senator Fields asked whether there are perspectives missing from the Task Force. Ms. Harding responded that the Task Force needs broader representation from the Colorado Department of Education as well as rural perspectives, and also lacks expertise in the area of opioid addiction, medication-assisted treatment.





10:26 AM



Representative Benavidez asked whether there are any other vacancies on the Task Force. Ms. Harding explained that the only vacancies are for the DOC and the practicing mental health provider role. Ms. Harding and committee members continued to discuss the challenges faced in filling Task Force vacancies.