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30AE871EB989B9B18725839A007C12CD Hearing Summary


Date Feb 7, 2019      
Location LSB B

SB19-065 - Amended, referred to Senate Finance

03:35:13 PM  

Senator Garcia, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-065. The bill directs the Board of Health (board) in CDPHE to designate one or more peer health assistance program to provide assistance to emergency medical service (EMS) providers dealing with physical, emotional, or psychological conditions that are affecting their ability to work. The peer health assistance program(s) must:

• be available to all certified EMS providers, and take referrals from the board;

• provide counseling and support to EMS providers;

• provide education and assistance relating to physical, emotional, and psychological conditions; and

• evaluate the extent of these conditions and, as needed, refer the EMS provider for treatment and monitor the status of that treatment.

The program will be financed by a fee collected upon initial certification and certification renewal of EMS providers beginning January 1, 2021. The fee will be set by the board and may be adjusted annually to reflect utilization of the program and inflation. The payments collected are custodial funds that are not subject to appropriation by the General Assembly; the funds may be used only by the nonprofit administering entity and provider(s) designated by the board. The use of the money does not constitute state fiscal year spending under TABOR.

03:40:55 PM  
Chris Howes, EMS Association, testified in support of the
bill and distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment F).
03:43:15 PM  
Randy Kuykendall, CDPHE, testified in support of the bill.
03:47:06 PM  
Moe Keller, Mental Health Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:48:23 PM  
Elizabeth Pace, Peer Assistance Services, told the committee that she is available for questions.
03:49:22 PM  
Dennis Elberg, Colorado Professional Firefighters, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.
03:55:02 PM  
Senator Garcia responded to questions.
03:55:24 PM  
Mr. Kuykendall responded to questions.
04:01:44 PM  

Senator Garcia responded to questions. Committee discussion followed about amendment L.002 (Attachment G).

04:07:30 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment G).
Moved Crowder
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection

04:11:33 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-065, as amended, to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Crowder
Crowder Yes
Smallwood No
Winter Excused
Pettersen Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS