The following persons testified regarding HB 19-1244:
Sergeant Sean Harper, representing the Fraternal Order of Police, testified in support of the bill. He read a statement providing background on the Peace Officers Mental Health Support Grant Program, and explaining the need for mental health services by law enforcement.
Ms. Karen Nicholson, representing 911 for 911 and FRTC, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Nicholson discussed the services supported by the grants made under the Peace Officers Mental Health Support Grant Program.
Trooper Mike Honn, representing the Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, testified in support of the bill. He discussed the expansion of programming under the bill. Sergeant Harper responded to questions regarding the function of the Fraternal Order of Police, and where the grant moneys made available under the bill are routed. Ms. Nicholson responded to questions regarding the types of organizations that will administer grants under the bill. Discussion ensued regarding the function of certain organizations in administering the grants. Discussion followed regarding use of the funds made available under HB 19-1244.