Representative Michaelson Jenet, bill sponsor, introduced and gave opening remarks on HB21-1305. The bill exempts certain conviction records in the custody of a board which regulates mental health professions in the Department of Regulatory Agencies from the Colorado Open Records Act. It also permits a licensee, registrant, or certificate holder who was issued a letter of admonition by a board to petition the board to seal the letter, and specifies the conditions under which a letter may be sealed. An applicant for a new credential, a renewal, or a reinstatement is not required to provide information concerning a letter sealed in this way in their application.
The bill directs the State Board of Human Services in the Department of Human Services to promulgate rules specifying education requirements for licensed addiction counselors in lieu of the existing statutory requirements, and adjusts the experience requirements for licensure. It also clarifies the circumstances under which an addiction practitioner may provide clinical supervision for a person working toward a professional credential.