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30474DA64FC10BC0872584FE00607133 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB20-1012

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES
Date Jan 29, 2020      
Location HCR 0112



HB20-1012 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


10:33:27 AM  

Representatives Young and Landgraf, sponsors, introduced House Bill 20-1012. The bill expands eligibility for children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities who require out-of-home residential care through a program administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS). Specifically, the bill expands the program to include children with co-occurring disorders, and to children who are at-risk of out-of-home placement. Currently, DHS only places children and who are in the custody of a county department of human services. The bill allows a parent or legal guardian of an eligible child to apply to DHS for placement. Under current law, DHS reimburses county departments that place children in the program. This bill requires DHS to reimburse the licensed facility for any placement initiated by a parent or legal guardian. Before a parent can apply to the program, a parent must first attempt to qualify the child for licensed out-of-home treatment services through Medicaid. Children covered only by private insurance are not eligible for the program. The bill also removes the priority of placements to county departments and requires DHS to place a child on the wait list if no beds are available. DHS is also required to maintain up to three emergency placement beds. Finally, the bill requires DHS to promulgate additional rules and to publish a report online by September 1, 2020. Additional rules required by the bill include rules for:

  • planning for services for youth who turn 18 while in the program; 
  • access to behavioral health services;
  • a process for selection criteria and wait list management;
  • program evaluation; and
  • an application process for children who are at risk of out-of-home placement but not in the custody of a county department.
10:39:10 AM  

Lauren Snyder, Mental Health Colorado, testified in favor of the bill.

10:43:54 AM  

Dr. Patrick Romani, Children's Hospital Colorado, testified in favor of the bill.

10:46:51 AM  

Christiano Sosa, The Arc of Colorado, testified in favor of the bill.

10:49:30 AM  

Ellen Stern, Children's Hospital Colorado, testified in favor of the bill.

10:50:54 AM  

The previous panel of witnesses responded to questions from the committee.

10:52:28 AM  

Gina Heumann, representing herself, testified in favor of the bill.

10:55:23 AM  

Amy VanTine, RAD Advocates, testified in favor of the bill.

10:59:45 AM  

The committee made comments regarding the testimony.



11:05:15 AM
Motion Postpone House Bill 20-1012 indefinitely.
Moved Singer
Seconded Landgraf
Caraveo Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf No
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Landgraf Yes
Larson No
Liston Yes
Mullica Yes
Pelton Yes
Young Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Singer Yes
YES: 11   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


11:07:25 AM
Motion Reconsider the previous motion.
Moved Landgraf
Seconded Singer
Caraveo Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Landgraf Yes
Larson Yes
Liston Yes
Mullica Yes
Pelton Yes
Young Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Singer Yes
YES: 13   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
11:07:27 AM  

Representative Young introduced amendment L.001 (Attachment D). Committee members made comments on the amendment.

11:15:17 AM  

Aaron Carpenter, Legislative Council Staff, responded to questions from the committee regarding the fiscal note.

11:16:04 AM  

The sponsors responded to questions from the committee.



11:18:06 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment D).
Moved Young
Seconded Landgraf
Caraveo
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jaquez Lewis
Landgraf
Larson
Liston
Mullica
Pelton
Young
Michaelson Jenet
Singer
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:18:08 AM  

The bill sponsors made closing comments on the bill.

11:20:08 AM  

Committee members made closing comments about the bill.



11:22:34 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1012, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Young
Seconded Landgraf
Caraveo Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Landgraf Yes
Larson Yes
Liston Yes
Mullica Yes
Pelton Yes
Young Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Singer Yes
Final YES: 13   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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