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H_PBH_2021A 03/02/2021 01:35:27 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 03/02/2021
Attendance
Bradfield X
Cutter X
Gonzales-Gutierrez X
Holtorf X
Jodeh X
Larson X
Ortiz X
Pelton X
Ricks X
Woog X
Young X
Sirota X
Michaelson Jenet X
Time 01:35:27 PM to 06:27:55 PM
Place HCR 0112
This Meeting was called to order by Michaelson Jenet
This Report was prepared by Alexa Kelly
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB21-1030 Lay Over

01:35:29 PM
Representative Michaelson Jenet called the meeting the order and made announcements.



HB21-1030 - Lay Over

01:38:48 PM  

Representative McCluskie, bill sponsor,  introduced HB21-1030. This bill allows additional public safety agencies to apply to the newly renamed Peace Officers Mental Health Support and Community Partnerships Grant Program (grant program) to provide on-scene responsive services for calls related to mental health and social service needs.  The bill also changes the allocation for how funding may be used to award grants.  For the first $2.0 million in state funds provided to the program, the allowable uses remain the same.  For any non-state funds or any additional state funds appropriated after the initial $2.0 million in current law, the bill allows the program to make grants for on­â€‘scene responsive services.  In addition, the bill removes the repeal date for the grant program, encourages grant recipients to work with their regional community-based service providers, updates SMART Act reporting requirements, and removes outdated language.

01:43:38 PM  
Representative McCluskie outlined some of the witnesses that will be testifying to the bill.
01:44:51 PM  

Representative McKean, bill sponsor, introduced and made remarks on the bill.

01:50:18 PM  

Representative McCluskie told committee members that they have several amendments that they will be introducing.

01:51:39 PM  

Representative Michaelson Jenet requested that the sponsors discuss the amendments before going into witness testimony.

01:52:07 PM  

Representative McCluskie introduced and discussed the amendments - L.001 (Attachment A); L.002 (Attachment B); L.003 (Attachment C); L.004 (Attachment D); and L.005 (Attachment E).

01:57:07 PM  
Representative McCluskie responded to questions from the committee.
02:02:49 PM  

Representative McKean answered questions about the amendments.

02:06:08 PM  
Committee members asked questions about the funding of the bill.
02:10:16 PM  
Representative McCluskie responded to a question about how current programs may qualify for the grant program.
02:14:28 PM  

Representative McKean spoke about the Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets (CAHOOTS) program in Eugene, Oregon as an example of the type of program that the grant in this bill would fund in Colorado.

02:16:37 PM  
Committee members asked questions.
02:18:00 PM  
Elisabeth Epps, representing
Colorado Freedom Fund, testified in opposition to the bill. She told a
personal story about an experience with Denver Police officers. She told
committee about the disconnect between the bills intentions and what it
is actually doing. She told committee that she would support the bill with
some amendments.
02:30:01 PM  

Denise Maes, Public Policy Director, representing ACLU-CO, testified in opposition to the bill.

 

02:34:04 PM  

Ms. Maes and Ms. Epps responded to questions from the committee.

02:40:26 PM  

Brian Loma, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. He answered questions from the committee.

02:49:13 PM  

Melanie Kesner, Public Policy Director, representing Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.

02:58:55 PM  

Vinnie Cervantes, Director, representing Denver Alliance for Street Help Response (DASHR), testified in opposition to the bill.

03:05:11 PM  

Mr. McNulty answered a question about funding.

03:13:03 PM  

Allison Hiltz, representing herself, testified to amend the bill.

03:19:32 PM  

Eva Frickle, representing JeffcoCan, West Metro Resistance, Indivisible CD7, testified in opposition to the bill.

03:22:55 PM  

Alexander Landau, representing Denver Justice Project , testified in opposition to the bill.

03:34:14 PM  

Committee members made comments about the intentions of the bill funding around alternative models being implemented in communities and asked questions of the previous witnesses.

03:39:59 PM  

Brittany Fritsch, representing herself, testified to amend the bill.

03:45:29 PM  

Dr. Apryl Alexander, representing Black Lives Matter 5280, testified to amend the bill.

03:54:40 PM  

Luke Rosenmayer, representing himself, testified to amend the bill.

03:56:14 PM  

Lauren Snyder, State Policy Director, representing Mental Health Colorado, testified in support of the bill. She told committee members that her organization is supportive of L.003.

03:58:22 PM  

Ari Harms, representing themself, testified to amend the bill.

04:01:50 PM  

Alison Coombs, representing herself, testified to amend the bill.

04:10:13 PM  
Danny Veith, representing Denver Police Protective Association, testified in support of the bill. He spoke about his career as a police officer. He has had great experiences with the mental clinicians that have ridden with him. He told a personal story of an encounter he had with a suicidal person where he worked with a mental health provider to get the individual person mental health services.
04:14:46 PM  

Mario Alston, representing Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill.

04:18:18 PM  

Ronald Sloan, representing Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, testified in support of the bill.

04:22:34 PM  

Committee members asked questions of the previous witnesses.

04:24:51 PM  

Michael Guzman, representing Summit County Sheriff's Office SMART Team, testified in support of the bill.

04:33:16 PM  

Jaime FitzSimons, representing County Sheriffs of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

04:42:01 PM  

Committee questions to the witnesses continued.

04:50:47 PM  

Tamara Pogue, County Commissioner, representing Counties and Commissioners Acting Together/ Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in support of the bill.

04:55:48 PM  

Bill Clayton, representing Colorado Police Protective Association, testified in support of the bill.

04:59:43 PM  
Kara Heller, representing Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, testified in support of the bill.
05:02:48 PM  

Hilary Cooper, representing San Miguel County/Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in support of the bill.

05:04:09 PM  

Lydia Waligorski, representing Violence Free Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

05:06:52 PM  

Cory Christensen, representing Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, testified in support of the bill.

05:09:38 PM  

Marchell Taylor, representing AYBOS Marketing, testified in support of the bill.

05:15:25 PM  

Corey Shively, representing AYBOS Marketing, testified in support of the bill.

05:17:25 PM  

Committee members asked questions of the previous witnesses.

05:19:16 PM  

Dan Brite, representing Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, testified in support of the bill.

05:25:41 PM  

Chris Gulli, representing Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, testified in support of the bill.

05:28:22 PM  

Russel Snider, representing Summit County Sheriff's Office SMART team, testified in support of the bill.

05:33:47 PM  

Chris Covey, representing Colorado State Patrol, testified in support of the bill.

05:40:48 PM  

Committee members asked questions of the previous witnesses.

05:53:03 PM  

Rosa McDonald, representing Summit County Sheriff's SMART team, testified in support of the bill.

05:58:30 PM  

Sheriff Tyler Brown, representing Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, testified in favor of the bill.

06:03:17 PM  

Committee members asked questions of the previous witnesses.

06:03:18 PM  
Submitted written
testimony on the bill can be found in Attachment F.
06:22:31 PM  

Representative McCluskie thanked the witnesses who spoke on the bill. She asked the committee to delay action on the bill to work more with the partners on the bill.

06:24:24 PM  

Representative McKean made closing comments on the bill.


06:27:55 PM   The committee adjourned.