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H_PBH_2022A 03/15/2022 01:33:20 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 03/15/2022
Attendance
Amabile X
Bradfield *
Gonzales-Gutierrez X
Hanks X
Holtorf X
Jodeh *
McLachlan X
Pelton X
Ricks *
Williams X
Young X
Titone X
Sirota X
Time 01:33:20 PM to 04:33:29 PM
Place HCR 0112
This Meeting was called to order by Sirota
This Report was prepared by Amanda King
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB22-1267 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
SB22-079 Lay Over
HB22-1268 Lay Over

HB22-1267 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations

01:33:33 PM  

Representative A. Valdez and Representative Boesenecker, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 22-1267, concerning culturally relevant training available to health-care professionals. The bill requires the Office of Health Equity (OHE) in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to create a grant program by January 1, 2023, to provide culturally responsive training to health care professionals. The OHE must contract with a third-party administrator that will issue grant applications for nonprofit entities that wish to develop the training, and submit a list of qualified applicants to the Health Equity Commission.

01:43:18 PM  
The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
01:45:35 PM  

Steven Haden, representing Envision: You, testified in support of the bill.

Zamora Evans, representing Envision: You, testified in support of the bill.

Dr. Sheila Davis, representing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, testified in support of the bill.

The panelists responded to questions from the committee.

02:06:07 PM  

Kathryn Vandegrift, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

Dr. William Crawley, representing One Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

Meredith Gleitz, representing One Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

The panelists responded to questions from the committee. 

Written testimony was provided to the committee (Attachment A).

02:20:05 PM  

Representative A. Valdez explained amendment L.001 (Attachment B).



02:21:33 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B).
Moved Titone
Seconded McLachlan
Amabile
Bradfield
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Hanks
Holtorf
Jodeh
McLachlan
Pelton
Ricks
Williams
Young
Titone
Sirota
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:21:34 PM  

Representative Boesenecker explained amendment L.002 (Attachment C).



02:22:22 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment C).
Moved Amabile
Seconded Ricks
Amabile
Bradfield
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Hanks
Holtorf
Jodeh
McLachlan
Pelton
Ricks
Williams
Young
Titone
Sirota
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:22:23 PM  

Representative A. Valdez explained amendment L.003 (Attachment D).

02:22:55 PM  

Representative A. Valdez responded to questions from the committee about amendment L.003.



02:24:33 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment D).
Moved Amabile
Seconded Young
Amabile
Bradfield
Gonzales-Gutierrez
Hanks
Holtorf
Jodeh
McLachlan
Pelton
Ricks
Williams
Young
Titone
Sirota
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:24:48 PM  

Representative Boesenecker and Representative A. Valdez responded to questions from the committee.

02:28:07 PM  
The bill sponsors provided concluding remarks on the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.


02:37:13 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1267, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Jodeh
Seconded Amabile
Amabile Yes
Bradfield Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Hanks No
Holtorf No
Jodeh Yes
McLachlan Yes
Pelton No
Ricks Yes
Williams No
Young Yes
Titone Yes
Sirota Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-079 - Lay Over


02:37:20 PM  
Representative McLachlan and Representative Young, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 22-079, concerning required dementia training for direct-care staff of specified facilities that provide services to clients living with dementia. The bill requires the Department of Public Health and Environment, with regard to nursing care facilities and assisted living residences, and the Medical Services Board in the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, with regard to adult day care facilities, to adopt rules requiring these facilities to provide dementia training for staff providing direct-care services to clients and residents of the facilities. Rules must be adopted by July 1, 2024, that specify initial training and continuing education requirements, as outlined in the bill.
02:52:33 PM  
The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
03:07:19 PM  

Arlene Miles, representing Colorado Health Care Association, testified in opposition to the bill.

Colin Laughlin, representing the Office of Community Living in the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, testified to amend the bill.

The panelists responded to questions from the committee.

03:25:02 PM  

Susan Pilgram, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

John Johnson, representing the Alzheimer's Association, testified in support of the bill.

Eric Heydorn, representing the Alzheimer's Association, testified in support of the bill.

Jean Ruecker, representing the Alzheimer's Association, testified in support of the bill.

03:37:59 PM  

Tia Sauceda, representing the Seniors' Resource Center, testified in support of the bill.

Coral Cosway, representing the Alzheimer's Association, testified in support of the bill. 

Written testimony was provided to the committee (Attachment E).

03:48:12 PM  
Representative Sirota laid the bill over for action only to a future date.



HB22-1268 - Lay Over

03:50:02 PM  

Representative Holtorf and Representative Amabile, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 22-1268, concerning a reporting of Medicaid reimbursement rates paid to mental health providers. The bill requires reporting on Medicaid reimbursement rates for community mental health centers and independent mental health and substance use treatment providers, including an independent audit, an annual report on payment methodology changes, and a transparency report. Representative Holtorf provided a handout to the committee (Attachment F).

03:58:16 PM  

Cristen Bates, representing the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, testified to amend the bill.

Dr. Steven Ihde, representing the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, was available to answer committee questions.

04:04:54 PM  

Sybil Cummin, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

Steven Haden, representing Envision: You, testified in support of the bill.

Lauren Snyder, representing Mental Health Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

Kelly Bianucci, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

04:18:10 PM  

Alex Castro Croy, representing the Colorado Association of Addiction Counselors, testified in support of the bill.

Blair Skinner, representing COMBINE, testified in support of the bill.

Andrew Rose, representing COMBINE, testified in support of the bill. 

Written testimony was provided to the committee (Attachment G). 

Representative Holtorf distributed amendments L.001, L.002, and L.003 (Attachments H, I, and J) to the committee. Representative Sirota laid the bill over for action only to a future date. Representative Holtorf made additional remarks to the committee.


04:33:29 PM   The committee adjourned.