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6A84BADB8C6A71A88725880E007C1CED Hearing Summary


Date Mar 23, 2022      
Location HCR 0107

HB22-1065 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations

04:35:42 PM  

Representative Benavidez and Amabile, prime sponsors, presented HB 22-1065, concerning the standard for emergency mental health treatment and evaluation. Representative Benavidez explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Representative Amabile provided additional input on the merits of the bill. In response to questions, Representatives Amabile and Benavidez clarified the effect of the bill. The sponsors responded to questions regarding how the bill will affect the number of people being placed under 72-hour holds, and data concerning the number of people currently placed on a hold. Discussion ensued regarding the threshold for triggering a mandatory hold under the bill, and the definition of "substantial risk" in the bill. Representative Benavidez responded to questions regarding instances where a "substantial" threshold restricted a liberty interest.

05:22:46 PM  

Lauren Snyder, representing Mental Health Colorado, testified in opposition to HB 22-1065. Ms. Snyder listed a number of organizations that she was also representing, and discussed mental health holds in other states. Ms. Snyder responded to further questions regarding her position on involuntary treatment, and the likely effect of the bill on the number of holds in Colorado. Ms. Snyder responded to questions regarding the various processes by which someone is placed under an involuntary mental health hold under current law, and costs associated with holds.

05:52:04 PM  
Gary D, representing himself, testified on HB 22-1085 from an "amend" position. Mr. D responded to questions regarding how a person might appear to be mentally stable but the person occasionally has psychotic breaks.
06:01:00 PM  

Representative Benavidez explained the effect of amendment L.001 (Attachment D).

06:01:58 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Benavidez
Seconded Roberts
Michaelson Jenet
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
06:02:00 PM  
Representatives Amabile and Benavidez provided closing remarks in support of HB 22-1065. Various committee members provided their positions on the bill.

06:33:55 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1065, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Benavidez
Seconded Bockenfeld
Bacon Yes
Bockenfeld Yes
Carver No
Daugherty Yes
Luck No
Lynch No
Michaelson Jenet No
Roberts Yes
Woodrow Yes
Benavidez Yes
Weissman No
Final YES: 6   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

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