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H_PBH_2021A 03/16/2021 01:34:15 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 03/16/2021
Attendance
Bradfield X
Cutter X
Holtorf X
Jodeh X
Kipp X
Larson X
Ortiz *
Pelton *
Ricks X
Woog X
Young X
Sirota X
Michaelson Jenet X
Time 01:34:15 PM to 03:46:27 PM
Place HCR 0112
This Meeting was called to order by Michaelson Jenet
This Report was prepared by Alexa Kelly
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB21-1099 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
HB21-1096 Postponed Indefinitely
HB21-1094 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
HB21-1035 Postponed Indefinitely

HB21-1099 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


01:34:35 PM  
Representative Ransom,
bill sponsor, introduced HB21-1099. The bill adds exposure to domestic
abuse to the definition of child abuse or neglect in state statute.  It
also requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to promulgate rules
to implement assessment policies, procedures, and training for child welfare
caseworkers to recognize and assess situations when a child’s parent,
legal guardian, or custodian exposes a child to domestic abuse.
01:37:39 PM  
Representative Michaelson Jenet, bill sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
01:38:54 PM  
Committee members asked questions of the sponsors.
01:41:17 PM  
Representative Michaelson Jenet spoke about Amendment L.001 (Attachment A).
01:42:10 PM  
Ms. Yolanda Arredondo,
representing Colorado Department of Human Services, testified in a neutral
position on the bill. She responded to questions from the committee.

01:54:46 PM  
Commissioner Abe Laydon, representing Douglas County, testified in support of the bill.
01:55:21 PM  
Ombudsman Stephanie
Villafuerte, representing Colorado's Child Protection Ombudsman, testified
in support of the bill.
01:57:20 PM  
Ashley Chase, Staff Attorney, representing Office of the Child's Representative, testified in support of the bill.
02:01:20 PM  
Betsy Fordyce, Executive Director, representing Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center, testified in support of the bill.
02:03:43 PM  
Committee members asked questions of the previous witnesses.
02:10:43 PM  
Andrea Fuller, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
02:15:49 PM  
Senator Evie Hudak, representing Colorado Parent Teacher Association, testified in support of the bill.
02:15:50 PM  
Submitted written
testimony can be found in Attachment B.



02:18:39 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A)
Moved Michaelson Jenet
Seconded Young
Bradfield
Cutter
Holtorf
Jodeh
Kipp
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:18:41 PM  
Representative Ransom and Representative Michaelson Jenet made final remarks on the bill.


02:22:51 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1099, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Michaelson Jenet
Seconded Young
Bradfield Yes
Cutter Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Kipp Yes
Larson Yes
Ortiz Yes
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 13   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1096 - Postponed Indefinitely


02:23:06 PM  

Representative Van Beber, bill sponsor, introduced HB21-1096. The bill creates certain rights for foster parents. The rights do not apply to persons against whom criminal charges have been filed for child abuse, an unlawful sexual offense, or any felony. She asked the committee to postpone the bill indefinitely.



02:34:28 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 21-1096 indefinitely.
Moved Sirota
Seconded Pelton
Bradfield Yes
Cutter Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Kipp Yes
Larson Yes
Ortiz Yes
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 13   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1094 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


02:34:38 PM  

Representative Daugherty, bill sponsor, introduced HB21-1094. This bill establishes two new programs in the Department of Human Services (DHS) to serve older foster youth: the Foster Youth in Transition Program and the Foster Youth Successful Transition to Adulthood Grant Program.



The bill requires county departments of human or social services to provide extended foster care services to eligible youth ages 18 to 21 on a voluntary basis.  The bill establishes eligibility and enrollment criteria for the program, as well as the process to bring program participants under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. The DHS is responsible for supervising the programs and establishing rules for the new transition program.  



In addition, the bill establishes the Youth Successful Transition to Adulthood Grant Program (grant program) and an associated advisory board to serve youth age 18 to 23 who are making the transition to independence and adulthood.  Services are to be provided throughout the state by county departments and other entities that are awarded program grants.  The bill also creates the Colorado Foster Youth Successful Transition to Adulthood Grant Program Fund to pay for related services, which will consist of any money appropriated to the fund by the General Assembly.  The bill allows DHS to use money awarded through the Federal Social Security Act for the purposes of the grant program.

02:36:57 PM  
Representative Van Beber, bill sponsor, gave opening remarks on the bill.
02:46:34 PM  
Committee members asked questions to the bill sponsors.
02:46:47 PM  
Ms. Minna Castillo-Cohen, representing Colorado Department of Human Services, testified to amend the bill.
02:50:59 PM  
Mr. Trevor Williams, representing Colorado Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill.
02:53:26 PM  
Ombudsman Stephanie Villafuerte, representing The Office of Colorado's Child Protection Ombudsman, testified in support of the bill.
03:00:29 PM  
Ms. Betsy Fordyce, Executive Director, representing Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center, testified in support of the bill.
03:04:10 PM  
Committee members asked questions of the previous witnesses.
03:09:34 PM  
Ms. Kristin Melton, representing Colorado Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill.
03:13:07 PM  
Jennifer Collins,
representing City and County of Denver, testified to amend the bill.
03:13:15 PM  
Ms. Viviana Cervantes, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:15:11 PM  
Benjamin Waters, representing Fostering Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:18:57 PM  
Mr. Alexander Miller, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
03:20:58 PM  
Ashley Chase, representing Colorado Office of the Child's Representative, testified in support of the bill.
03:28:22 PM  
Ms. Kippi Clausen, representing Colorado Rural Collaborative for Homeless Youth, testified in support of the bill.
03:28:26 PM  
Dr. Thomas Perille, representing Democrats for Life of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:33:05 PM  
Mr. Benjamin Waters told the committee about additional supporters of the bill.
03:33:06 PM  

Submitted written testimony can be found in Attachment C.

03:33:06 PM  

The bill sponsors introduced amendments L.003 (Attachment D) and L.002 (Attachment E).



03:37:35 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment D)
Moved Sirota
Seconded Cutter
Bradfield
Cutter
Holtorf
Jodeh
Kipp
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:39:06 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment E)
Moved Sirota
Seconded Jodeh
Bradfield
Cutter
Holtorf
Jodeh
Kipp
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:39:07 PM  
Representative Van Beber gave final remarks on the bill.


03:43:03 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1094, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Sirota
Seconded Cutter
Bradfield Excused
Cutter Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Kipp Yes
Larson Excused
Ortiz Yes
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1035 - Postponed Indefinitely


03:43:10 PM  
Representative Michaelson Jenet read a memo from Representative Lynch requesting to postpone the bill indefinitely.


03:46:12 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 21-1035 indefinitely.
Moved Ortiz
Seconded Pelton
Bradfield Excused
Cutter Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Kipp Yes
Larson Excused
Ortiz Yes
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog Yes
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:46:27 PM   The committee adjourned.