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H_PHC_2020A 02/19/2020 11:35:28 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 02/19/2020
Attendance
Caraveo *
Cutter X
Gonzales-Gutierrez *
Holtorf *
Jaquez Lewis *
Landgraf X
Larson X
Liston X
Mullica X
Pelton X
Young X
Michaelson Jenet X
Singer X
Time 11:35:28 AM to 02:01:27 PM
Place HCR 0112
This Meeting was called to order by Representative Singer
This Report was prepared by Julia Group
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB20-1197 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
HB20-1206 Committee Discussion Only

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
11:35:31 AM

Representative Singer called the meeting to order.



HB20-1197 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


11:35:54 AM  

Representative Rich and Representative Snyder, bill sponsors, introduced House Bill 20-1197.  The bill requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide a $200,000 annual grant to the Colorado 2-1-1 collaborative.  The bill specifies what human services referral services must be available through the Colorado 2-1-1 and how the collaborative can use the grant money.  Finally, the bill requires the DHS to annually report to the General Assembly on the implementation and impacts of the human services referral service.

11:38:19 AM  

The sponsors responded to questions from the committee.

11:39:27 AM  

Christie Higgins, testifying remotely from Colorado Mesa University-Grand Junction, spoke in support of the bill.

11:43:01 AM  

Stephanie Sanchez, Mile High United Way, testified in support of the bill.  She distributed two handouts to the committee (Attachments A and B).

11:48:43 AM  

Cindy Aubrey, Pikes Peak United Way, testified in support of the bill.

11:51:43 AM  

Fermin Avila, Mile High United Way, testified in support of the bill.

11:55:11 AM  

Laura La Torre, Mile High United Way, testified in support of the bill.

11:58:26 AM  

Gini Pingenot, Colorado Counties Inc., testified in support of the bill as amended.

12:01:04 PM  

Ms. Pingenot responded to questions from the committee.

12:02:00 PM  

The bill sponsors introduced amendment L.002 (Attachment C).



12:03:25 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment C).
Moved Michaelson Jenet
Seconded Liston
Caraveo Excused
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez Excused
Holtorf
Jaquez Lewis
Landgraf
Larson
Liston
Mullica
Pelton
Young
Michaelson Jenet
Singer
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
12:03:35 PM  

The bill sponsors made closing comments on the bill.



12:05:30 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1197, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Landgraf
Seconded Michaelson Jenet
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



HB20-1206 - Committee Discussion Only


12:06:00 PM  

Representative Michaelson Jenet and Representative Landgraf, bill sponsors, introduced House Bill 20-1206.  The bill continues the regulation of mental health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, registered psychotherapists, and addiction counselors, for nine years, through 2029.  The bill also implements regulatory changes based on the recommendations of the sunset report.  These changes include:

  • allowing the staff of a mental health board to approve applications for licensure, certification, and registration without board ratification unless the board deems ratification necessary;
  • requiring mental health professionals to disclose to clients that medical records may not be maintained after seven years;
  • expanding the number of mental health professions covered by title protection;
  • making conviction of a crime related to a mental health practice and the failure to report a felony conviction a violation of the mental health practice acts;
  • permitting the appropriate regulatory board to suspend a mental health professional's license, certification, or registration for failure to comply with a board-ordered mental or physical health examination;
  • repealing the requirement that a candidate for a social work license be supervised by a licensed social worker and allowing supervision of an applicant for a social work license to be done virtually;
  • requiring applicants for initial psychology licensure to complete a criminal history record check;
  • repealing the requirement that members of mental health boards be United States citizens;
  • granting rule-making authority to the State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners and requiring the State Board of Human Services in the Department of Human Services to establish education requirements for addiction counselors.

 

The bill also clarifies that:

  • mental health professionals may administer opiate antagonists;
  • students practicing in a school program are exempt from licensing, certification, and registration requirements;
  • mental health professionals are not prohibited from offering or accepting payment for services provided from a referral;
  • mental health professionals may disclose confidential communications if there is a threat to a school or its employees; and
  • course work is the only professional competency activity that fulfills all continuing competency requirements for licensed social workers and licensed clinical social workers.
12:17:18 PM  

Dr. Ryan Burkhart, representing himself, testified about the bill.

12:22:23 PM  

Dr. Amanda Marsh Baranski, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

12:25:19 PM  

Dr. Rick Ginsburg, Colorado Psychological Association, testified in support of the bill.

12:28:28 PM  

Krista Spiecher, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy - Colorado, testified about the bill and amendments.

12:32:00 PM  

Jennifer Place, Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals, testified about the bill.

12:35:32 PM  

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

12:58:58 PM  

Dr. Reo Leslie Jr., Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, testified about the bill and amendments and distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment D).

01:04:14 PM  

Shannon Harrison, representing herself, testified against the bill. Steven Krautkramer, Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, testified against the bill. Carol O'Dowd, Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, testified about the bill and amendments. Kat Shea, Colorado Association of Psychotherapists, testified about the bill and amendments and submitted written testimony for the record (Attachment E).

01:16:25 PM  

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

01:36:21 PM  

Committee questions continued.

01:40:20 PM  

Dr. Lisa Woodrich, Colorado Psychological Association, testified about the bill. Dr. Erin Jacklin, Colorado Psychological Association, testified in support of the bill and discussed the amendments. Dr. Elizabeth Chamberlin, Colorado Psychological Association, testified in support of the bill and amendment L.001.

01:53:17 PM  

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

01:59:48 PM  

Representative Michaelson Jenet made closing comments on the bill.

02:00:06 PM  

Representative Singer laid the bill over.  The bill will be reopened for additional public testimony at a later date.


02:01:27 PM   The committee adjourned.






The House and Senate are temporarily adjourned.  The building is closed to the public.

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