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:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
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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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Cal. Notif. Committee:
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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
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: NOT ON 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
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
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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: Thursday, February 21 2019
SENATE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
1:30 PM LSB-B
(1) in senate 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
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee: SENATE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
Cal. Notif. Order: 1
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
Senate Sponsors:

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: Wednesday, February 20 2019
Public Health Care & Human Services
Upon Adjournment Room 0107
(1) in house 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. A registered psychotherapist or licensed social worker 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.

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 this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee: Public Health Care & Human Services
Cal. Notif. Order: 1
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
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: Tuesday, February 19 2019
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(5) in house 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 this bill as introduced.)

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
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 5
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: Wednesday, February 27 2019
Public Health Care & Human Services
Upon Adjournment Room 0107
(2) in house calendar.
Short Title: Mental Health Facility Pilot Program
Sponsors: L. Landgraf | J. Singer / 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 both a mental health diagnosis and a physical health diagnosis. It contains requirements for applicants and directs the department of public health and environment to select one or 2 applicants for the pilot program.


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

Status: 1/30/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:
Cal. Notif. Committee: Public Health Care & Human Services
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: Wednesday, February 27 2019
Health & Insurance
1:30 p.m. Room 0107
(1) in house 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 this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/1/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
Fiscal Notes:
Cal. Notif. Committee: Health & Insurance
Cal. Notif. Order: 1
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: Friday, March 1 2019
Public Health Care & Human Services
Upon Adjournment Room 0107
(1) in house 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
Fiscal Notes:
Cal. Notif. Committee: Public Health Care & Human Services
Cal. Notif. Order: 1
House Sponsors: Arndt
Senate Sponsors: Cooke

HB19-1174 Out-of-network Health Care Services 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON 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; and
  • Creates a penalty for failure to comply with the payment requirements for out-of-network health care services.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/7/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
Fiscal Notes:
Cal. Notif. Committee:
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House Sponsors: Esgar and Catlin
Senate Sponsors: Gardner and Pettersen

HB19-1176 Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON 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
Fiscal Notes:
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House Sponsors: Sirota and Jaquez Lewis, Benavidez, Singer
Senate Sponsors: Foote

HB19-1177 Extreme Risk Protection Orders 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, February 21 2019
State Library Judiciary
1:30 p.m. Room Old
(1) in house 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). 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. 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.

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.


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

Status: 2/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
Fiscal Notes:
Cal. Notif. Committee: State Library Judiciary
Cal. Notif. Order: 1
House Sponsors: Sullivan and Garnett
Senate Sponsors: Court and Pettersen

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: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Expand Medication-assisted Treatment Pilot Program
Sponsors: L. Garcia
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 to the advisory board that assists in administering the program;
  • Increases the annual appropriation for the pilot program to $5 million for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years; and
  • Extends the program an additional 2 years.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

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
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
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. The bill requires the department of education (department) to prioritize grant applications based on the school's need for additional health professionals, and 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 allows a community provider to commit money to schools. It also changes the amount the department can expend to offset the costs incurred in implementing the program from 3% to 5% of money appropriated for the program.

The bill allows school districts to enter into agreements with specified groups to implement evidence-based, school-wide behavior supports and strategies to build and support positive school climates, including providing behavioral health services and supports; implement strategies to reduce the incidence of suspension and expulsion; and implement alternatives to suspension or expulsion.


(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 Amended 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: NOT ON 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
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
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
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: NOT ON 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
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

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

SB19-134 Out-of-network Health Care Disclosures And Charges 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON 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:
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Soper, Larson
Senate Sponsors: Fields and Tate, Williams A.