Colorado Psychological Association

HB19-1017 Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Social And Emotional Health Act 
Comment: This bill is a concept Rep. Michaelson Jenet has wanted to run since she was elected. It is not being brought by a certain organization or entity.
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Social And Emotional Health Act
Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet / R. Fields
Summary:

The bill creates the "Colorado K-5 Social and Emotional Health Act" (act). The act requires the department of education (department) to select a pilot school district (pilot district) to participate in a pilot program that ensures that a school social worker, as defined in the act, is dedicated to each of grades kindergarten through fifth grade. To the extent possible, the school social worker shall follow the same students through each grade. The general assembly shall appropriate the resources necessary for the pilot district to hire or contract with the additional school social workers.

The department shall select a pilot district that meets the characteristics outlined in the bill, including high poverty, ethnic diversity, and a large concentration of students in the foster care system.

Among other responsibilities consistent with the school social worker license, the school social worker shall provide needed services to students and their families in the pilot district, including identifying learning disabilities, conducting functional behavior assessments and developing behavior intervention plans, identifying food insecurities, and helping eligible students and their families access public benefits. Services must be provided at school and during school hours, as appropriate.

The pilot program begins operation during the 2020-21 school year and repeals in July 2027. The department shall contract with a professional program evaluator (evaluator) to conduct a preliminary evaluation in 2024 and a final evaluation before the repeal of the pilot program. The evaluator shall establish the method for the pilot district's data collection and monitor data throughout the pilot program.

The evaluator shall evaluate the effectiveness of services provided by the pilot program on the academic, mental, and physical health and well-being of the student cohorts within the scope of the pilot program.

The bill requires the department to request money for pilot program administration, employment contracts for social workers, and the pilot program evaluation through the annual budget process.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Appropriations
2/14/2019 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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House Sponsors: Michaelson Jenet
Senate Sponsors: Fields

HB19-1019 Psychotherapists Continuing Competency Requirements 
Comment: This bill is coming from Registered Psychotherapists. CPA has decided to oppose.
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Psychotherapists Continuing Competency Requirements
Sponsors: J. Coleman / A. Williams
Summary:

The bill establishes continuing professional competency requirements for psychotherapists registered in Colorado by the state board of registered psychotherapists (board). The requirements mirror the continuing professional competency requirements established for social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, and addiction counselors.

On or before March 1, 2020, the board is required to adopt rules establishing a continuing professional competency program that includes the following elements:

  • A self-assessment of the knowledge and skills of a registered psychotherapist;
  • The development, execution, and documentation of a learning plan; and
  • Periodic demonstration of knowledge and skills through documentation of activities.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
1/29/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/4/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/12/2019 - No Amendments
2/11/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over to 02/14/2019 - No Amendments
2/14/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/15/2019 House Third Reading Lost - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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House Sponsors: Coleman
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HB19-1036 Annual Stipends For Certified School Professionals 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Annual Stipends For Certified School Professionals
Sponsors: J. Arndt | B. McLachlan / N. Todd
Summary:

The bill adds nationally certified school psychologists as school professionals eligible for annual stipends awarded by the department of education (department) if the school psychologist meets the requirements set forth in the bill.

The bill clarifies that school counselors, who hold a certification from the national board for certified counselors or from the national board for professional teaching standards, are school professionals who have been eligible for annual stipends awarded by the department since the initial award was distributed during the 2009-10 school year.

The bill corrects the name of the national board for professional teaching standards by removing the word "principal" from the title.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
1/22/2019 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
1/25/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
1/28/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/29/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
2/7/2019 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/12/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/13/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/14/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/14/2019 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
2/20/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
2/21/2019 Sent to the Governor
2/21/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
2/28/2019 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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House Sponsors: Arndt and McLachlan
Senate Sponsors: Todd

HB19-1039 Identity Documents For Transgender Persons 
Comment: This bill is coming from OneColorado. CPA supports.
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 22 2019
CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE
(3) in house calendar.
Short Title: Identity Documents For Transgender Persons
Sponsors: D. Esgar / D. Moreno
Summary:

Under current law, a person born in Colorado who seeks a new birth certificate from the registrar of vital statistics (state registrar) to reflect a change in gender designation must obtain a court order indicating that the sex of the person has been changed by surgical procedure and ordering that the gender designation on the birth certificate be amended, and the person must obtain a court order with a legal name change. The bill repeals that provision and creates new requirements for the issuance of birth certificates in cases of changes to gender designation or for an intersex individual.

The bill requires that the state registrar issue a new birth certificate rather than an amended birth certificate. The bill allows a person who has previously obtained an amended birth certificate under previous versions of the law to apply to receive a new birth certificate. A person is not required to obtain a court order for a legal name change in order to obtain a new birth certificate with a change in gender designation.

The bill gives the courts in this state jurisdiction to issue a decree to amend a birth certificate to reflect a change in gender designation for persons born in another state or foreign jurisdiction if the law of such other state or foreign jurisdiction requires a court decree in order to amend a birth certificate to reflect a change in gender designation.

The bill requires the department of revenue to issue a new driver's license or identity document to a person who has a gender different from the sex denoted on that person's driver's license or identity document after certain documents are submitted.

The bill exempts transgender persons from having to submit a public notice of name change.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
2/6/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/11/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/14/2019 - No Amendments
2/14/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/15/2019 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
2/15/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/19/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/13/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/12/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/16/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/17/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/18/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 3
House Sponsors: Esgar, Jaquez Lewis, Titone, Valdez A., Galindo, Herod
Senate Sponsors: Moreno, Ginal

HB19-1044 Advance Behavioral Health Orders Treatment 
Comment: This bill is coming from Mental Health Colorado. CPA is working to amend the bill.
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Advance Behavioral Health Orders Treatment
Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | L. Landgraf / N. Todd | D. Coram
Summary:

Under current law, an adult may establish advance medical orders for scope of treatment, allowing an adult to establish directives for the administration of medical treatment in the event the adult later lacks decisional capacity to provide informed consent to, withdraw from, or refuse medical treatment.

The bill creates a similar order for behavioral health orders for scope of treatment so that an adult may communicate his or her behavioral health history, decisions, and preferences.

The bill:

  • Lists the requirements for a behavioral health orders for scope of treatment form;
  • Details the duties and immunities of emergency medical services personnel, health care providers, and health care facilities with respect to treating an adult with behavioral health orders for scope of treatment;
  • Details how a behavioral health orders for scope of treatment form is executed, amended, or revoked; and
  • Prohibits an effect on a health insurance contract, life insurance contract, or annuity, by executing or failing to execute a behavioral health orders for scope of treatment.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
1/23/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
1/25/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
1/28/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/29/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/21/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/26/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/27/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
2/28/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over to 03/01/2019
3/1/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
3/4/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/19/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/19/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/20/2019 Sent to the Governor
3/28/2019 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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House Sponsors: Kraft-Tharp and Landgraf
Senate Sponsors: Todd and Coram

HB19-1117 Regulation Of Professions And Occupations Reform 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Regulation Of Professions And Occupations Reform
Sponsors: S. Sandridge
Summary:

Current law requires the department of regulatory agencies to analyze whether to begin or continue the regulation of a profession or occupation based on several factors. The bill elaborates on these factors and requires the department to find a present, significant, and substantiated harm to consumers before recommending regulation. The bill further requires the department to recommend only the least restrictive regulation necessary to address the harm and sets guidelines for recommended regulation.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor + Appropriations
1/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor + Appropriations
2/13/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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House Sponsors: Sandridge
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HB19-1120 Youth Mental Health Education And Suicide Prevention 
Comment: This bill is a concept Rep. Michaelson Jenet has wanted to run since she was elected. It is not being brought by a certain organization or entity. CPA is working to amend.
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 22 2019
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 357
(2) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Youth Mental Health Education And Suicide Prevention
Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet | D. Roberts / S. Fenberg | D. Coram
Summary:

The bill allows a minor 12 years of age or older to seek and obtain psychotherapy services with or without the consent of the minor's parent or guardian if the mental health professional determines the minor is knowingly and voluntarily seeking the psychotherapy services and the psychotherapy services are clinically necessary. A mental health professional providing psychotherapy services to a minor may, with the consent of the minor, advise the minor's parent or legal guardian of the psychotherapy services provided, unless notifying the parent or legal guardian would be inappropriate or detrimental to the minor's care and treatment. However, the mental health professional is permitted to notify the minor's parent or legal guardian without the minor's consent if, in the opinion of the mental health professional, the minor is unable to manage the minor's care or treatment.

The mental health professional is required to engage the minor in a discussion about the importance of involving and notifying the minor's parent or legal guardian and document any attempt to contact the minor's parent or legal guardian. If a minor communicates a clear and imminent threat to commit suicide, the mental health professional is required to notify the minor's parent or legal guardian of the minor's suicidal ideation.

The bill requires the department of education, in consultation with the office of suicide prevention (office), the youth advisory council, and the suicide prevention commission, to create and maintain a mental health education literacy resource bank. The resource bank is available to the public free of charge.

The bill requires the state board of education to adopt standards related to mental health, including suicide prevention.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Appropriations
2/20/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
3/1/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/12/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/12/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/15/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/16/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/16/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee: SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Cal. Notif. Order: 2
House Sponsors: Michaelson Jenet and Roberts
Senate Sponsors: Fenberg

HB19-1125 Mental Health Professional Access To Dismissed Complaint 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Mental Health Professional Access To Dismissed Complaint
Sponsors: J. Melton
Summary:

Under current law, when a complaint against a mental health professional is dismissed, information contained in the records of the board that licenses, registers, or certifies the mental health professional (board) is exempt from the disclosure requirements of the state's open records law. The bill allows a mental health professional who is a respondent to a dismissed complaint (respondent) to access information in the files of the board and in the files of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies (division). Before allowing the access, the board and the division shall redact from the information the names of the respondent's clients or other recipients of service and any other information that would identify an individual person, including the complainant or a witness.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/23/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
3/8/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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House Sponsors: Melton
Senate Sponsors:

HB19-1129 Prohibit Conversion Therapy for A Minor 
Comment: This bill is coming from One Colorado and CPA supports the bill.
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Prohibit Conversion Therapy for A Minor
Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet | D. Esgar / S. Fenberg
Summary:

The bill prohibits a licensed physician specializing in psychiatry or a licensed, certified, or registered mental health care provider from engaging in conversion therapy with a patient under 18 years of age. A licensee who engages in these practices is subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate licensing board. The bill also makes the advertising or practice of conversion therapy by a physician or mental health care provider a deceptive trade practice under the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act". "Conversion therapy" means efforts to change an individual's sexual orientation, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attraction or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/25/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
2/13/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/15/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/19/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/20/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/18/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/21/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
3/22/2019 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/25/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/26/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over to 03/27/2019
3/26/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
3/28/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily04/01/2019
3/28/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over to 04/01/2019
4/5/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
Fiscal Notes:

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Cal. Notif. Committee:
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House Sponsors: Michaelson Jenet and Esgar, Duran, Herod, Valdez A., Galindo, Jaquez Lewis, Titone
Senate Sponsors: Fenberg, Moreno, Ginal

HB19-1160 Mental Health Facility Pilot Program 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 23 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS - CONSENT CALENDAR
(2) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Mental Health Facility Pilot Program
Sponsors: L. Landgraf | J. Singer / P. Lee | B. Gardner
Summary:

The bill creates a new 3-year mental health facility pilot program to provide residential care, treatment, and services to persons with either a mental health diagnosis or a physical health diagnosis. It contains requirements for applicants and directs the department of public health and environment (department) to select one or 2 applicants for the pilot program.

The bill appropriates $30,370 to the department.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/30/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Appropriations
2/27/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/15/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/15/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/18/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/19/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/20/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/25/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/3/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/19/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 2
House Sponsors: Landgraf and Singer, Pelton, Bockenfeld, Larson, Wilson, McKean, Catlin, Gonzales-
Senate Sponsors: Gardner

HB19-1168 State Innovation Waiver Reinsurance Program 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 25 2019
SENATE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
1:30 PM LSB-B
(2) in senate calendar.
Short Title: State Innovation Waiver Reinsurance Program
Sponsors: J. McCluskie | J. Rich / K. Donovan | B. Rankin
Summary:

The bill authorizes the commissioner of insurance to apply to the secretary of the United States department of health and human services for a state innovation waiver, for federal funding, or both, to allow the state to implement and operate a reinsurance program to assist health insurers in paying high-cost insurance claims. The state cannot implement the program absent waiver or funding approval from the secretary. The program is established as an enterprise for purposes of section 20 of article X of the state constitution. The division of insurance is to include an update regarding the program in its annual "SMART Act" report, and the program is subject to sunset review and repeal in 5 years.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 2/1/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
2/27/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/15/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/15/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/18/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/25/2019 - No Amendments
3/25/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/28/2019 - No Amendments
3/29/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/01/2019 - No Amendments
4/2/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/3/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/05/2019 - No Amendments
4/5/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/8/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/9/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee: SENATE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
Cal. Notif. Order: 2
House Sponsors: McCluskie and Rich, Buckner, Esgar, Kennedy, McLachlan, Roberts, Soper
Senate Sponsors: Donovan and Rankin

HB19-1169 Mental Health Involuntary Transportation Holds 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Mental Health Involuntary Transportation Holds
Sponsors: J. Arndt / J. Cooke
Summary:

Current law allows specified intervening professionals to transport to a treatment facility any person who appears to be in need of an immediate evaluation for treatment of a mental health disorder to prevent physical or psychiatric harm to others or to himself or herself. The authority to involuntarily hold such a person in custody expires upon the delivery of the person to the facility. The bill adds language to clarify that the authority to hold the person remains in effect until the evaluation is completed and a determination is made concerning the need for continued emergency evaluation and treatment.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
3/1/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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House Sponsors: Arndt
Senate Sponsors: Cooke

HB19-1174 Out-of-network Health Care Services 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 23 2019
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
2:00 PM SCR 357
(2) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Out-of-network Health Care Services
Sponsors: D. Esgar | M. Catlin / B. Gardner | B. Pettersen
Summary:

The bill:

  • Requires health insurance carriers, health care providers, and health care facilities to provide patients covered by health benefit plans with information concerning the provision of services by out-of-network providers and in-network and out-of-network facilities;
  • Outlines the disclosure requirements and the claims and payment process for the provision of out-of-network services;
  • Requires the commissioner of insurance, the state board of health, and the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies to promulgate rules that specify the requirements for disclosures to consumers, including the timing, the format, and the contents and language in the disclosures;
  • Establishes the reimbursement amount for out-of-network providers that provide health care services to covered persons at an in-network facility and for out-of-network providers or facilities that provide emergency services to covered persons;
  • Creates a penalty for failure to comply with the payment requirements for out-of-network health care services; and
  • Appropriates money from the general fund to the department of public health and environment and from the division of insurance cash fund to the division of insurance.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 2/7/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
3/6/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/15/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/19/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/21/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/22/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/27/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/15/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Finance
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee: SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
Cal. Notif. Order: 2
House Sponsors: Esgar and Catlin
Senate Sponsors: Gardner and Pettersen

HB19-1176 Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 22 2019
SPECIAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(2) in house calendar.
Short Title: Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019
Sponsors: E. Sirota | S. Jaquez Lewis / M. Foote
Summary:

The bill creates the health care cost analysis task force (task force). The president of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the minority leader of the house of representatives shall each appoint 2 legislative members to the task force. The governor shall appoint 9 members to the task force. The executive directors of the departments of human services, public health and environment, and health care policy and financing, or their designees, also serve on the task force.

The task force is required to issue a request for proposals and select an analyst to complete a health care cost analysis of 4 health care financing systems. The health care financing systems to be analyzed are:

  • The current health care financing system, in which residents receive health care coverage from private and public insurance carriers or are uninsured;
  • A public option system in which health benefit plans are sold through, and revenues and premiums are received from, the Colorado health benefit exchange, with additional funding as necessary through the general fund;
  • A multi-payer universal health care financing system, in which competing insurance carriers or health maintenance organizations receive payments from a public financing authority; and
  • A publicly financed and privately delivered universal health care system that directly compensates providers.

The analyst is required to use the same specified criteria when conducting the analysis of each health care financing system.

The task force is required to report the findings of the analyst to the general assembly.

The task force may seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, and donations for the analysis. The general assembly may appropriate money to the health care cost analysis cash fund for the purposes of the task force, the analysis, and reporting requirements.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/12/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
3/20/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
3/27/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/17/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Legislative Council
4/17/2019 House Committee on Refer Amended to Legislative Council
4/18/2019 House Committee on Legislative Council Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 2
House Sponsors: Sirota and Jaquez Lewis, Benavidez, Singer
Senate Sponsors: Foote

HB19-1177 Extreme Risk Protection Orders 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Extreme Risk Protection Orders
Sponsors: T. Sullivan | A. Garnett / L. Court | B. Pettersen
Summary:

The bill creates the ability for a family or household member or a law enforcement officer to petition the court for a temporary extreme risk protection order (ERPO) beginning January 1, 2020. The petitioner must establish by a preponderance of the evidence that a person poses a significant risk to self or others by having a firearm in his or her custody or control or by possessing, purchasing, or receiving a firearm. The petitioner must submit an affidavit signed under oath and penalty of perjury that sets forth facts to support the issuance of a temporary ERPO and a reasonable basis for believing they exist. The court must hold a temporary ERPO hearing in person or by telephone on the day the petition is filed or on the court day immediately following the day the petition is filed.

After issuance of a temporary ERPO, the court must schedule a second hearing no later than 14 days following the issuance to determine whether the issuance of a continuing ERPO is warranted. The court shall appoint counsel to represent the respondent at the hearing. If a family or household member or a law enforcement officer establishes by clear and convincing evidence that a person poses a significant risk to self or others by having a firearm in his or her custody or control or by possessing, purchasing, or receiving a firearm, the court may issue a continuing ERPO. The ERPO prohibits the respondent from possessing, controlling, purchasing, or receiving a firearm for 364 days.

Upon issuance of the ERPO, the respondent shall surrender all of his or her firearms and his or her concealed carry permit if the respondent has one. The respondent may surrender his or her firearms either to a law enforcement agency or a federally licensed firearms dealer, or, if the firearm is an antique or relic or curio, the firearm may be surrendered to a family member who is eligible to possess a firearm and who does not reside with the respondent. If a person other than the respondent claims title to any firearms surrendered to law enforcement, the firearm shall be returned to him or her.

The respondent can motion the court once during the 364-day ERPO for a hearing to terminate the ERPO. The respondent has the burden of proof at a termination hearing. The court shall terminate the ERPO if the respondent establishes by clear and convincing evidence that he or she no longer poses a significant risk of causing personal injury to self or others by having in his or her custody or control a firearm or by purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm. The court may continue the hearing if the court cannot issue an order for termination at that time but believes there is a strong possibility the court could issue a termination order prior to the expiration of the ERPO.

The petitioner requesting the original ERPO may request an extension of the ERPO before it expires. The petitioner must show by clear and convincing evidence that the respondent continues to pose a significant risk of causing personal injury to self or others by having a firearm in his or her custody or control or by purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm. If the ERPO expires or is terminated, all of the respondent's firearms must be returned within 3 days of the respondent requesting return.

The bill provides a respondent who had a malicious or false petition for a temporary extreme risk protection order or extreme risk protection order filed against him or her with a private cause of action against the petitioner. In the action, the plaintiff is entitled to actual damages, attorney fees, and costs.

The bill requires the state court administrator to develop and prepare standard petitions and ERPO forms. Additionally, the state court administrator at the judicial department's "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act" hearing shall provide statistics related to petitions for ERPOs.

The bill appropriates $119,392 from the general fund to the judicial department for court costs and court-appointed counsel costs.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 2/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/21/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/28/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/1/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/4/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/7/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/15/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/19/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/21/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/22/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/25/2019 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/28/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/29/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over to 04/01/2019
4/1/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/11/2019 Sent to the Governor
4/11/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/11/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/12/2019 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Sullivan and Garnett
Senate Sponsors: Court and Pettersen

HB19-1184 Demographic Notes For Certain Legislative Bills 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 23 2019
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
7:30 AM LSB-B
(6) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Demographic Notes For Certain Legislative Bills
Sponsors: L. Herod | Y. Caraveo / A. Williams
Summary:

The bill requires the staff of the legislative council to prepare demographic notes on legislative bills in each regular session of the general assembly. The speaker of the house of representatives, the minority leader of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the minority leader of the senate are authorized to request 5 demographic notes each, or more at the discretion of the director of research of the legislative council.

The bill requires the staff of the legislative council to meet with the member of leadership requesting the demographic note and with the sponsor of the legislative bill to discuss whether a demographic note can practically be completed for that legislative bill. If not, the member of leadership may request a demographic note, within the limits specified in the bill, on a different legislative bill that might be more conducive to a demographic note's analysis.

A demographic note is defined as a note that uses available data to outline the potential effects of a legislative measure on disparities within the state. Disparities means the difference in economic, employment, health, education, or public safety outcomes between the state population as a whole and subgroups of the population defined by relevant characteristics for which data is available, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and geography.

The bill requires the director of research of the legislative council to develop the procedures for requesting, completing, and updating the demographic notes and to memorialize the procedures in a letter to the executive committee of the legislative council. The director may seek and expend gifts, grants, or donations to pay for training for staff.

Finally, the bill requires each state department, agency, or institution to cooperate with and provide information for a demographic note of a legislative bill in the manner requested by the staff of the legislative council.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 2/15/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
3/4/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/12/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/12/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/15/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/16/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Legislative Council
4/18/2019 Senate Committee on Legislative Council Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee: SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
Cal. Notif. Order: 6
House Sponsors: Herod and Caraveo
Senate Sponsors:

HB19-1193 Behavioral Health Supports For High-risk Families 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 24 2019
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 357
(1) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Behavioral Health Supports For High-risk Families
Sponsors: L. Herod | R. Pelton / L. Garcia
Summary:

The bill amends existing programs that provide access to substance use disorder treatment to pregnant and parenting women. The bill creates child care pilot programs for parenting women engaged in substance use disorder treatment. The bill:

  • Defines "parenting women" as women up to one year postpartum who are in need of substance use disorder services;
  • Encourages health care practitioners and county human or social services departments to identify pregnant women and parenting women for a needs assessment to determine needed services;
  • Authorizes the department to use state money to provide residential substance use disorder treatment to pregnant and parenting women until such time as those services are covered under the state program of medical assistance, and authorizes the department of health care policy and financing to seek federal changes to permit treatment for this population, if necessary;
  • Creates the high-risk families cash fund (cash fund) for the office of behavioral health in the department of human services to provide services to high-risk parents, including pregnant and parenting women, and for services for high-risk children and youth with behavioral health disorders. Further, money in the cash fund may be used to increase treatment capacity.
  • Requires the state treasurer to transfer to the cash fund any unencumbered and unexpended money appropriated annually to certain programs listed in the bill, and requires annual reporting on the use of money from the cash fund;
  • Creates the child care services and substance use disorder treatment pilot program (pilot program) as a two-generation initiative in the department of human services;
  • Awards pilot program grants to enhance existing child care resource and referral programs and increase child care navigation capacity in one urban and one rural site to serve pregnant and parenting women seeking or participating in substance use disorder treatment;
  • Awards pilot program grants to enhance the capacity of the existing child care resource and referral program's centralized call center to serve pregnant and parenting women with a substance use disorder;
  • Awards pilot program grants to pilot a regional mobile child care model to serve young children of parenting women in substance use disorder treatment;
  • Requires an annual appropriation of $500,000 for 3 fiscal years for the pilot program, and requires annual reporting to the general assembly concerning the pilot program. Any money not expended for the pilot program will be transferred to the high-risk families cash fund.
  • Prohibits the admission into evidence in criminal proceedings information relating to substance use during pregnancy, with certain exceptions, that is obtained as part of providing postpartum care for up to one year postpartum or disclosed while women are seeking or participating in behavioral health treatment.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/20/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Appropriations
3/8/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/16/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/16/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/17/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee: SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
Cal. Notif. Order: 1
House Sponsors: Herod and Pelton
Senate Sponsors: Garcia

HB19-1197 Protect Social Workers' Personal Information On Internet 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Protect Social Workers' Personal Information On Internet
Sponsors: T. Carver | J. Singer / P. Lee | B. Gardner
Summary:

The bill defines caseworker (caseworker).

The bill makes it unlawful for a person to knowingly make available on the internet personal information of a caseworker or a caseworker's family if the dissemination of the personal information poses an imminent and serious threat to the safety of the caseworker or the caseworker's family and the person disseminating the information knew or should have known of the imminent and serious threat. Violation of the provision is a class 1 misdemeanor.

A state or local government official (official) shall remove the personal information of the caseworker or the caseworker's immediate family contained in records that the official makes available on the internet if the caseworker submits a request with an affidavit asserting under penalty of perjury that the dissemination of the personal information poses an imminent and serious threat to the caseworker or the caseworker's immediate family. The official is also required to deny a request for inspection under the "Colorado Open Records Act" for personal information contained in those same records.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 2/20/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/7/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/11/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/12/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/13/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/20/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/25/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/26/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/29/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/1/2019 Sent to the Governor
4/1/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/11/2019 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Carver and Singer
Senate Sponsors: Lee and Gardner

HB19-1244 Expand Peace Officer Mental Health Support Program 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 22 2019
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE - CONSENT CALENDAR
(2) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Expand Peace Officer Mental Health Support Program
Sponsors: J. Coleman | T. Carver / R. Fields | B. Gardner
Summary:

Under current law, only county sheriffs' offices and municipal police departments may apply for a grant from the peace officers mental health support grant program (program). The bill opens the program to additional "eligible applicants", which include other types of law enforcement agencies as well as organizations that provide services and programs that promote the mental health wellness of peace officers. The bill also specifies new permissible uses of grant money and requires grant recipients to report to the department of local affairs concerning their use of grant money.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/15/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/28/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/1/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/2/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/3/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/5/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/17/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/19/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 2
House Sponsors: Coleman and Carver, Singer
Senate Sponsors: Fields and Gardner, Cooke, Tate

HB19-1287 Treatment For Opioids And Substance Use Disorders 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Treatment For Opioids And Substance Use Disorders
Sponsors: D. Esgar | J. Wilson / B. Pettersen | K. Priola
Summary:

The bill:

  • Directs the department of human services to implement a centralized, web-based behavioral health capacity tracking system to track available treatment capacity at behavioral health facilities and at programs for medication-assisted treatment and medical detoxification for substance use disorders, as well as other types of treatment ( section 1 );
  • Directs the department of human services to implement a care navigation system to assist individuals in obtaining access to treatment for substance use disorders, including medical detoxification and residential and inpatient treatment ( section 2 ); and
  • Creates the building substance use disorder treatment capacity in underserved communities grant program to provide services in rural and frontier communities, prioritizing areas of the state that are unserved or underserved ( section 3 ).
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/28/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
4/17/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Esgar and Wilson
Senate Sponsors: Pettersen and Priola

SB19-001 Expand Medication-assisted Treatment Pilot Program 
Comment: The pilot program expanded in this bill was originally proposed by the Colorado Attorney General's Office.
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 22 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(3) in house calendar.
Short Title: Expand Medication-assisted Treatment Pilot Program
Sponsors: L. Garcia / B. Buentello
Summary:

In 2017, the general assembly enacted Senate Bill 17-074, which created a 2-year medication-assisted treatment (MAT) expansion pilot program, administered by the university of Colorado college of nursing, to expand access to medication-assisted treatment to opioid-dependent patients in Pueblo and Routt counties. The 2017 act directs the general assembly to appropriate $500,000 per year for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years from the marijuana tax cash fund to the university of Colorado board of regents, for allocation to the college of nursing to implement the pilot program. The pilot program repeals on June 30, 2020.

The bill:

  • Expands the pilot program to the counties in the San Luis valley and 2 additional counties in which a need is demonstrated;
  • Shifts responsibility to administer the pilot program from the college of nursing to the center for research into substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery support strategies;
  • Adds representatives from the San Luis valley and any other counties selected to participate in the pilot program and members from the boards of county commissioners from participating counties to the advisory board that assists in administering the program;
  • Increases the annual appropriation for the pilot program to $2.5 million for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years; and
  • Extends the program an additional 2 years.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/7/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/8/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/12/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/13/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/14/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Appropriations
3/22/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/16/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/18/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 3
House Sponsors:
Senate Sponsors: Garcia

SB19-010 Professional Behavioral Health Services For Schools 
Comment: The bill is from Mental Health Colorado. The school psychologists, school counselors, and social workers support the bill. CPA also decided to support the bill.
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Professional Behavioral Health Services For Schools
Sponsors: R. Fields / B. McLachlan | D. Valdez
Summary:

The bill allows grant money to be used for behavioral health care services at recipient schools and specifies that grants may also fund behavioral health services contracts with community providers. Grant applicants must specify the extent to which the school has seen an increase in activities or experiences that affect students' mental well-being. The bill requires the department of education (department) to prioritize grant applications based on the school's need for additional health professionals and the extent to which the school will prioritize the use of grant money for staff training related to behavioral health supports.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
1/17/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/19/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/21/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/22/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/25/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Appropriations
4/11/2019 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: McLachlan and Valdez D.
Senate Sponsors: Fields

SB19-015 Create Statewide Health Care Review Committee 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 22 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS (CONTINUED)
(4) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Create Statewide Health Care Review Committee
Sponsors: J. Ginal / S. Beckman
Summary:

The bill recreates the former health care task force, renamed as the statewide health care review committee, to study health care issues that affect Colorado residents throughout the state. The committee consists of the members of the house of representatives committees on health and insurance and public health care and human services and the senate committee on health and human services. The committee is permitted to meet up to 2 times during the interim between legislative sessions, including 2 field trips.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
1/17/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/16/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Legislative Council
4/18/2019 Senate Committee on Legislative Council Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 4
House Sponsors: Beckman
Senate Sponsors: Ginal

SB19-049 Statute Of Limitation Failure Report Child Abuse 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Statute Of Limitation Failure Report Child Abuse
Sponsors: R. Fields / D. Michaelson Jenet
Summary:

The bill makes the statute of limitations 3 years for failure to report child abuse when a mandatory reporter has reasonable cause to know or suspect that a child has been subjected to unlawful sexual behavior or observed the child being subjected to circumstances or conditions that would reasonably result in unlawful sexual behavior.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/7/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/6/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/11/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/12/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/12/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/26/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/1/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/5/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/6/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/8/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/18/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/19/2019 Sent to the Governor
3/19/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/28/2019 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Michaelson Jenet
Senate Sponsors: Fields

SB19-073 Statewide System Of Advance Medical Directives 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 23 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS - CONSENT CALENDAR (CONTINUED)
(3) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Statewide System Of Advance Medical Directives
Sponsors: J. Ginal / L. Landgraf
Summary:

The bill requires the department of public health and environment (department) to create and administer a statewide electronic system (system) that allows qualified individuals to upload and access advance medical directives.

The bill defines an advance medical directive as a directive concerning medical orders for scope of treatment and requires the department to contract with one or more health information organization networks for the administration and maintenance of the system. The bill also requires the department to promulgate rules to administer the system.

The bill clarifies that it is the responsibility of the adult whose medical treatment is the subject of the advance medical directive, or the authorized surrogate decision-maker, to ensure that the advance medical directive uploaded to the system is current and accurate.

The bill does not allow for any civil or criminal liability or regulatory sanctions for any emergency personnel, health care provider, health care facility, or any other person that complies with a legally executed advance medical directive that is accessed from the system.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/10/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/6/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/19/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 3
House Sponsors: Landgraf
Senate Sponsors: Ginal, Court

SB19-134 Out-of-network Health Care Disclosures And Charges 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 25 2019
SENATE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
1:30 PM LSB-B
(3) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Out-of-network Health Care Disclosures And Charges
Sponsors: R. Fields | J. Tate / M. Soper
Summary:

The bill:

  • Sets the reimbursement rate that a health insurance carrier must pay a health care facility if a covered person is treated for emergency services;
  • Requires in-network health care facilities and health care providers to make disclosures to patients covered by a health benefit plan concerning the provision of services by an out-of-network provider;
  • Outlines the claims and payment process, including reimbursement rates for the provision of out-of-network services for health care facilities and health care providers; and
  • Authorizes arbitration for the payment of health care claims that are in dispute if certain criteria are met.

The commissioner of insurance is required to submit a report annually to the general assembly concerning unanticipated out-of-network services.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/7/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee: SENATE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
Cal. Notif. Order: 3
House Sponsors: Soper, Larson
Senate Sponsors: Fields and Tate, Williams A.

SB19-182 Repeal The Death Penalty 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Repeal The Death Penalty
Sponsors: A. Williams | J. Gonzales / J. Arndt | A. Benavidez
Summary:

The bill repeals the death penalty in Colorado for offenses charged on or after July 1, 2019, and makes conforming amendments.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/6/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/11/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/20/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/01/2019 - No Amendments
4/2/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/04/2019 - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Arndt and Benavidez
Senate Sponsors: Williams A. and Gonzales, Bridges, Court, Garcia, Priola

SB19-211 Mental Health Criminal Diversion Program 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Mental Health Criminal Diversion Program
Sponsors: D. Moreno / D. Esgar
Summary:

Joint Budget Committee. In 2018, the general assembly established the mental health criminal justice diversion pilot program (pilot program) and the mental health criminal justice grant program (grant program). The bill extends the grant program an additional year and removes the cap on the total of all grants awarded per year. The bill also requires the state court administrator to provide reports to specified committees of the general assembly concerning both the pilot program and the grant program.

The bill appropriates money to the judicial department for the grant program.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/25/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
3/26/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/27/2019 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/28/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/29/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
4/2/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/4/2019 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/5/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/11/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/12/2019 Sent to the Governor
4/12/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/16/2019 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Esgar, Hansen
Senate Sponsors: Moreno, Zenzinger, Rankin

SB19-222 Individuals At Risk Of Institutionalization 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 23 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS (CONTINUED)
(7) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Individuals At Risk Of Institutionalization
Sponsors: P. Lee | T. Story / D. Esgar | L. Landgraf
Summary:

The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing (state department) to develop measurable outcomes to monitor efforts to prevent medicaid recipients from becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

The bill requires the state department to work collaboratively with managed care entities to create incentives for behavioral health providers to accept medicaid recipients with severe behavioral health disorders. The bill requires the state department to determine if seeking a 1115 demonstration waiver is the necessary response to the requirements of 42 CFR 438.6 (e) to ensure inpatient services are available to individuals with a serious mental illness. If the state department determines it is not appropriate, the state department is required to submit a report to the general assembly with the state department's reasoning and an alternative plan and proposed timeline for the implementation of the alternative plan.

The bill requires access to inpatient civil beds at the mental health institutes at Pueblo and Fort Logan to be based on the need of the individual and the inability of the individual to be stabilized in the community.

The bill creates a community behavioral health safety net system (safety net system) and requires the department of human services (department), in collaboration with the state department, to conduct the following activities:

  • Define what constitutes a high-intensity behavioral health treatment program (treatment program), determine what an adequate network of high-intensity behavioral health treatment services includes, and identify existing treatment programs;
  • Develop an implementation plan to increase the number of treatment programs in the state;
  • Identify an advisory body to assist the department in creating a comprehensive proposal for a safety net system;
  • Develop a comprehensive proposal to develop a safety net system that provides behavioral health services for individuals with severe behavioral health disorders;
  • Implement the safety net system no later than January 1, 2024; and
  • Provide an annual report from January 1, 2022, until July 1, 2024, on the progress made by the department in implementing and ensuring a safety net system to the public through the annual SMART Act hearing.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/29/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/10/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
4/12/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/19/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 7
House Sponsors: Esgar and Landgraf, Herod, Larson, Liston, Pelton, Rich, Roberts, Sandridge, Soper, Will,Wilson
Senate Sponsors: Lee and Story, Bridges, Gonzales, Hisey, Rankin, Winter

SB19-223 Actions Related To Competency To Proceed 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 23 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS (CONTINUED)
(6) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Actions Related To Competency To Proceed
Sponsors: P. Lee | B. Gardner / M. Weissman | L. Landgraf
Summary:

When a defendant's competency to proceed is raised, the bill:

  • Changes the timing of various matters;
  • Clarifies where restoration services are to be provided;
  • Increases the role of the court liaisons;
  • Expands the requirements for a competency evaluation report; and
  • Clarifies when defendants are to be released following an evaluation or restoration services.

The bill requires the department of human services to:

  • Develop an electronic system to track the status of defendants for whom competency to proceed has been raised;
  • Convene a group of experts to create a placement guideline for use in determining where restoration services should be provided; and
  • Partner with an institution of higher education to develop and provide training in competency evaluations.

On and after January 1, 2020, competency evaluators are required to have attended training. District attorneys, public defenders, and alternate defense counsel are also to receive training on competency to proceed.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/29/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/10/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
4/12/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/19/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 6
House Sponsors: Weissman and Landgraf
Senate Sponsors: Lee