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HB21-1305

Mental Health Practice Act

Concerning the practice of mental health professionals, and, in connection therewith, clarifying education and hours of practice required for licensure or certification as an addiction counselor; and establishing supervision privileges for certified and licensed addiction counselors.
Session:
2021 Regular Session
Subject:
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

The bill:

  • Exempts conviction records of mental health providers from the "Colorado Open Records Act" if the conviction records meet specified criteria;
  • Allows a licensed, registered, or certified mental health provider to petition the applicable board to have a letter of admonition issued by the board sealed and made confidential except under certain circumstances. Each board has the sole discretion to determine whether to approve or deny the petition and the board's determination is final.
  • Specifies criteria that a board must consider when making its determination;
  • Provides exceptions as to when a board may unseal or share a letter of admonition;
  • Specifies title use restrictions for certified addiction specialists, certified addiction technicians, and addiction counselor candidates;
  • Establishes clinical supervision privileges for licensed and certified addiction counselors to provide supervision of persons working toward certification or licensure ; and
  • Clarifies the education and hours of practice required to be certified or licensed as an addiction counselor and the scope of practice of licensed addiction counselors.
  • Expands the practice of a certified addiction technician and requires the state board of human services to promulgate rules that include education requirements for certified addiction technicians, certified addiction specialists, and licensed addiction counselors.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Passed
Became Law

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