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h_jud_2016a_2016-02-02t13:35:40z1 Hearing Summary

Date: 02/02/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1062



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Postpone House Bill 16-1062 indefinitely. The moti PASS







02:23 PM -- HB16-1062



Representative Melton, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1062, concerning a limitation on when certain disciplinary actions may be commenced against a mental health professional. Representative Melton explained the effect of the bill and discussed its need. Representative Melton discussed similar legislation he offered in 2015. Representative Melton responded to questions regarding the types of violations covered by the bill. The following persons testified regarding HB 16-1062:



02:31 PM --
Dr. Reo Leslie, representing Colorado Mental Health Professionals, testified in support of the bill. Committee members received copies of Dr. Leslie's testimony (Attachment B). Dr. Leslie outlined the merits of the bill, and addressed potential objections to the bill. Dr. Leslie responded to questions regarding the scope of the limitation created by the bill. Discussion ensued regarding examples of what constitutes a records maintenance violation under the bill. Committee members received copies of a study concerning ethical violations among mental health professionals (Attachment C).



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02:45 PM



Discussion ensued regarding how long records will need to be maintained by mental health professionals under the bill, and the volume of records kept by mental health professionals. Discussion followed regarding the adequacy of the limitation created by the bill, and what particular records should be kept to satisfy record-keeping requirements.





02:57 PM



Dr. Leslie responded to questions regarding what constitutes "essential entries" for mental health professional record-keeping purposes, and the benefits of long-term retention of records. Representative Melton weighed in on the issue. Discussion ensued regarding certain record-keeping rules promulgated by the Department of Regulatory Agencies, and the overall effect of HB 16-1062. Discussion followed regarding the potential for amending the bill for clarity.





03:10 PM



The committee recessed.





03:17 PM



The committee returned to order. Representative Melton requested that the bill be postponed indefinitely so that continued work on the issue may take place. Various committee members expressed their opinions on the request to postpone the bill indefinitely.

BILL: HB16-1062
TIME: 03:18:06 PM
MOVED: Melton
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 16-1062 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 10-0.
SECONDED: Lee
VOTE
Carver
Excused
Court
Yes
Dore
Yes
Foote
Yes
Lawrence
Yes
Lundeen
Yes
Melton
Yes
Salazar
Yes
Willett
Yes
Lee
Yes
Kagan
Yes
Final YES: 10 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







03:21 PM



The committee adjourned.


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