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H_PBH_2021A 04/30/2021 11:50:45 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 04/30/2021
Attendance
Bradfield X
Cutter X
Gonzales-Gutierrez *
Holtorf X
Jodeh *
Larson X
Ortiz *
Pelton X
Ricks X
Woog X
Young X
Sirota X
Michaelson Jenet X
Time 11:50:45 AM to 01:36:56 PM
Place HCR 0112
This Meeting was called to order by Michaelson Jenet
This Report was prepared by Luisa Altmann
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB21-1281 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
HB21-1279 Amended, referred to House Finance

HB21-1281 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


11:51:51 AM  
Representative Cutter
and Representative Will introduced House Bill 21-1281, Community Behavioral
Health Disaster Program. The bill sponsors responded to questions from
the committee.




The bill creates the Community Behavioral Health Disaster Preparedness
and Response Program in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
(CDPHE).  The program is intended to enhance, support, and formalize
behavioral health disaster preparedness and response activities of community
behavioral health organizations.  The CDPHE must promulgate rules
as necessary to oversee the program; work with community behavioral health
organizations to create, define, and publish eligibility criteria to participate
in the program; and provide funding to community behavioral health organizations
to help improve emergency preparedness.




The bill also creates the Community Behavioral Health Disaster Preparedness
and Response Cash Fund.  The fund will contain any gifts, grants,
and donations, as well as any other moneys appropriated to the fund by
the General Assembly.  Any unexpended money at the end of the fiscal
year remains in the fund.
12:13:01 PM  

Frank Cornelia, Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, testified in support of the bill.

12:17:32 PM  
Makena Line, Mind
Springs Health, testified in support of the bill.
12:20:41 PM  
Marissa VanDover,
Mental Health Center of Denver, testified in support of the bill.
12:23:41 PM  
Thomas Olbrich, Jefferson
Center, testified in support of the bill.

12:26:18 PM  
Mr. Cornelia, Mr. Olbrich, and Ms. VanDover responded to questions from the committee.
12:43:55 PM  
Ryan Nelson, Jefferson
Center, testified in support of the bill.
12:46:56 PM  
Kirsten Anderson,
Aurora Mental Health Center, testified in support of the bill.
12:50:16 PM  
Mark Stephenson,
Aurora Community Mental Health, testified in support of the bill.
12:54:32 PM  
Aaron Carpenter,
Legislative Council Staff, responded to questions from the committee.
12:57:21 PM  
The bill sponsors
discussed Amendments L.001 and L.002 (Attachments A and B).


12:58:36 PM
Motion Adopt Amendment L.001 (Attachment A)
Moved Cutter
Seconded Pelton
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
12:59:07 PM  
The bill sponsors and Mr. Carpenter responded to questions from the committee regarding Amendment L.002.


01:01:31 PM
Motion Adopt Amendment L.002 (Attachment B)
Moved Cutter
Seconded Sirota
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
01:01:32 PM  
The bill sponsors and committee members made closing remarks on the bill.


01:08:05 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1281, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Cutter
Seconded Sirota
Bradfield Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Larson No
Ortiz Yes
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog No
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1279 - Amended, referred to House Finance


01:08:29 PM  
Representative Young
and Representative Holtorf introduced House Bill 21-1279, Occupational
Therapy Interstate Compact.


The bill enters
Colorado into the Occupational Therapy Licensure Interstate Compact, pending
its adoption by ten or more states.  The compact requires that member
states recognize licenses for occupational therapists or occupational therapy
assistants issued by any other member state, including practicing telehealth
services, and establishes minimum criteria for such licenses, including
that all practitioners in member state must obtain a background check.
 Credentialed practitioners in a member state can apply for the privilege
to practice in another member state, and the compact grants member states
the authority to charge a fee for such privilege.



The bill grants the Department of Regulatory Agencies the authority to
promulgate rules to implement the compact, to appoint members to the compact’s
governing commission, and to report data to the commission, as determined
by rule.
01:16:55 PM  
Bailey Johnson, Occupational
Therapy Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
01:20:09 PM  
Meghan Pudeler, American
Occupational Therapy Association, testified in support of the bill.
01:22:23 PM  
Nahale Kalfas, Council
of State Governments, testified in support of the bill.
01:25:17 PM  
Ms. Kalfas responded to questions from the committee.
01:29:01 PM  
Additional written
testimony that was submitted to the committee for consideration can be
found in Attachment C.
01:29:15 PM  
The committee discussed
Amendment L.001 (Attachment D).


01:31:32 PM
Motion Adopt Amendment L.001 (Attachment D)
Moved Young
Seconded Holtorf
Bradfield
Cutter
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Holtorf
Jodeh
Larson
Ortiz
Pelton
Ricks
Woog
Young
Sirota
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
01:31:33 PM  
The bill sponsors and committee members made closing remarks on the bill.


01:36:44 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1279, as amended, to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Young
Seconded Holtorf
Bradfield Yes
Cutter Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Holtorf Yes
Jodeh Yes
Larson Yes
Ortiz Yes
Pelton Yes
Ricks Yes
Woog No
Young Yes
Sirota Excused
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


01:36:56 PM   The committee adjourned.






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