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i_opioidsubstance_2017a_2017-10-31t13:14:09z4 Hearing Summary

Date: 10/31/2017

Location: RM 271

Final

BILL SUMMARY for Bill 4 - Expand Access to Behavioral Health Providers



OPIOID AND OTHER SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Adopt amendment 1 (Attachment BB). The motion pass

Adopt amendment 2 (Attachment CC). The motion pass

Refer Bill 4, Expand Access to Behavioral Health P
Pass Without Objection



PASS







02:49 PM -- Bill 4 - Expand Access to Behavioral Health Providers



Christy Chase, OLLS, presented Bill 4 and reviewed amendments number 1 and 2 (Attachments BB and CC). Under current law, the Colorado Health Service Corps Program (CHSC) offers loan repayment for certain eligible health care providers who serve in federally-designated health professional shortage areas. The thirteen-member CHSC Advisory Council reviews applications and makes recommendations to the Primary Care Office in the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE), which administers the program. The bill adds behavioral health care providers and candidates for licensure to the list of health care providers eligible for loan repayment. Candidates for licensure must serve at least two years after obtaining a license, plus the time spent obtaining supervised experience hours. In addition, the Primary Care Office must create and administer state-designated health professional shortage areas. The bill removes the requirement that the CHSC loan repayment recipients must serve in a health professional shortage area as designated by the federal government.



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Scholarship program. Beginning in FY 2018-19, the bill creates a scholarship program to cover the costs of obtaining certification as an addiction counselor for individuals who agree to serve in a state or federally designated health professional shortage area for at least six consecutive months. Scholarships may cover up to the full costs of educational materials and direct expenses and must be paid to the academic institution or state-approved trainer.



Advisory council. The advisory council must review applications and make recommendations to the Primary Care Office. The bill adds two members to the council: a representative of a substance use disorder service provider and a licensed or certified addiction counselor. When considering applications from behavioral health care providers for loan repayment through the CHSC and the newly-created scholarship program, the advisory council must give priority to applicants who are practicing with a non-profit or public employer.



The bill clarifies what must be included in the existing biennial program report, specifies that CDPHE must include the report as part of its SMART Act hearing. Beginning in FY 2018-19, the General Assembly must annually appropriate $2.5 million from the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund for loan repayment for behavioral health care providers and candidates for licensure, and for scholarships to addiction counselors.



02:55 PM --
Miller Hudson, 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office, discussed the drug epidemic in Las Animas and Huerfano Counties.



02:59 PM --
Jennifer Miles, Colorado Providers Association, testified in support of the bill.



03:00 PM --
Frank Cornelia, Colorado Behavioral Health Care Council, testified in support of the bill.

BILL: Bill 4 - Expand Access to Behavioral Health Providers
TIME: 03:03:10 PM
MOVED: Jahn
MOTION: Adopt amendment 1 (Attachment BB). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Singer
VOTE
Buck
Jahn
Kennedy
Moreno
Navarro
Priola
Singer
Tate
Lambert
Pettersen
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection


BILL: Bill 4 - Expand Access to Behavioral Health Providers
TIME: 03:03:54 PM
MOVED: Jahn
MOTION: Adopt amendment 2 (Attachment CC). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Lambert
VOTE
Buck
Jahn
Kennedy
Moreno
Navarro
Priola
Singer
Tate
Lambert
Pettersen
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION:


BILL: Bill 4 - Expand Access to Behavioral Health Providers
TIME: 03:04:13 PM
MOVED: Jahn
MOTION: Refer Bill 4, Expand Access to Behavioral Health Providers, as amended, to the Legislative Council (Attachment H). The motion passed on a vote of 10-0.
SECONDED: Singer
VOTE
Buck
Yes
Jahn
Yes
Kennedy
Yes
Moreno
Yes
Navarro
Yes
Priola
Yes
Singer
Yes
Tate
Yes
Lambert
Yes
Pettersen
Yes
Final YES: 10 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 REMOTE PARTICIPATION: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





03:05 PM



Representative Pettersen assigned the following co-prime sponsors to the bill: Representatives Singer and Navarro, and Senators Tate and Jahn. She announced that the bill will be introduced in the Senate first, and all other committee members will be listed as co-sponsors. There was no objection to including a safety clause on the bill. There was no objection to giving the Office of Legislative Legal Services permission to make technical changes to the bill, if necessary.










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