Ms. Hunsaker Ryan responded to a question about the challenges veterans face accessing mental health services. Ms. Hunsaker Ryan continued discussing suicide prevention measures, including wrap-around services for those discharged from hospitals and increasing the safe storage of guns.
Ms. Hunsaker Ryan discussed other priority issues for CDPHE including vaping and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. She mentioned that CDPHE has launched a youth focused website to address vaping, and discussed the emerging contaminant of PFAS chemicals, used in firefighting foam, and the health impacts from this chemical. CDPHE has been conducting testing for PFAS and notifying water providers about the ability to test for this chemical. CDPHE wants to test water systems and break the chain of contamination when it is found in an elevated level.
Ms. Hunsaker Ryan discussed legislative priorities for CDPHE including allowing the department to promulgate rules related to PFAS and to have legislative clarity around landfill enforcement. Ms. Hunsaker Ryan went through the regulatory agenda for CDPHE from 2019 including newborn hearing screening, zero emission vehicles, and medical marijuana registry. She then discussed the 2020 legislative outlook including revisiting the regional state improvement plan regarding ozone, greenhouse gas monitoring, and advance medical directives.