The following persons testified regarding SB 19-222 and SB 19-223:
Ms. Nancy VanDeMark, representing Mental Health Colorado, testified in support of both bills. She discussed the need to better provide services to those with mental health issues.
Ms. Allison Daley, representing Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in support of SB 19-222. She explained how counties often serve as the safety net for those with mental health issues.
Ms. Alison Butler, representing Disability Law Colorado, testified in support of SB 19-222 and SB 19-223. Ms. Butler discussed a lawsuit launched by her organization that gave rise to the bills, and the effect of the bills. Ms. Butler and Ms. VanDerMark responded to questions regarding the inclusion of youth within the scope of the bills, and the restoration services to be provided under SB 19-223. Discussion ensued regarding the availability of psychiatric inpatient treatment beds under the legislation, and evaluations made under SB 19-223.