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S_HHS_2021A 04/26/2021 01:29:22 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 04/26/2021
Attendance
Buckner X
Hisey X
Jaquez Lewis *
Kirkmeyer X
Simpson X
Ginal X
Fields X
Time 01:29:22 PM to 03:08:15 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Fields
This Report was prepared by Ken Cole
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 21-Human Services — State Board Of Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
SB21-239 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
State Board of Human Services Committee Discussion Only
HB21-1122 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

Conf 21-Human Services — State Board Of - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:29:57 PM  
Kyle Zinth, Colorado
Department of Human Services (CDHS), described the State Board of Human
Services and introduced the Board appointees.





The Governor's executive order and appointment letter may be found at  Attachment
A.  Each appointee's resume and application may be found at the State
Archives.
01:31:10 PM  
Brisa Chavez, appointee,
described her experience and qualifications for the board.  
01:32:24 PM  
Lindsay Reeves, appointee,
described her experience and qualifications to serve on the board.  
01:33:58 PM  
Desta Taye-Channell,
appointee, described her experience and qualifications to serve on the
board.  
01:35:53 PM  
The appointees responded
to a question about the time commitment required to serve on the board.
 


01:40:37 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Desta Taye-Channell, Brisa Chavez, Mychael Dave, and Lindsay Reeves to State Board of Human Services with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Hisey Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Simpson Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-239 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


01:40:44 PM  
Senator Zenzinger,
co-prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 21-239. The bill requires the Colorado
2-1-1 to provide referrals to behavioral health services and requires the
state to partner with Colorado 2-1-1 to conduct targeted outreach for the
hotline.
01:44:07 PM  
Robert Werthwein,
CDHS Office of Behavioral Health, testified in support of the bill.
01:46:41 PM  
Mr. Ray Merenstein,
National Alliance on Mental Illness Colorado, testified in support of the
bill.



Mr. Werthwein responded to questions about the bill's fiscal impact.  
01:53:51 PM  
Stephanie Sanchez,
Mile High United Way, testified in support of the bill.
01:57:22 PM  
Mr. Andrew Escamilla,
Colorado 2-1-1 and Hilltop Community Resources, testified in support of
the bill.




Additional written testimony may be found at Attachment B.
02:01:48 PM  
Senators Zenzinger
and Kolker, co-prime sponsors, responded to questions. Ms. Sanchez and
Mr. Escamilla also responded to questions.  

02:08:46 PM  
Senators Kolker and
Zenzinger described amendment L.001 (Attachment C).



02:11:15 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C).
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner
Hisey
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:12:30 PM  
Senators Zenzinger
and Kolker provided closing remarks.  


02:17:50 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-239, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Hisey Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Simpson Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



State Board of Human Services - Committee Discussion Only


02:19:25 PM  
Mr. Mychael Dave
discussed his experience and qualifications to serve on the State Board
of Human Services. Mr. Dave was not able to testify during this hearing
item earlier in the meeting.



HB21-1122 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


02:21:51 PM  
Senator Kolker, prime
sponsor, presented House Bill 21-1122 and responded to questions. The bill
creates the Commission on Improving First Responder Interactions with Persons
with Disabilities in the Attorney General's Office to review training for
first responders to enhance interactions with people with disabilities.
   
02:22:43 PM  
Ms. Coral Cosway,
Alzheimer's Association, testified to amend the bill.
02:25:53 PM  
Ms. Ali Thompson,Colorado
Developmental Disabilities Council, testified in support of the bill.
02:30:29 PM  
Ms Jeanette Hensley,
Colorado Senior Lobby, testified to amend the bill to include persons with
dementia diseases and related disabilities.
02:33:10 PM  
Committee members commented about the bill and the witness testimony.
02:36:27 PM  
Dr. Erika Liljedahl,
representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

02:39:03 PM  
Ms. Jennifer Levin,
The Arc of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:42:06 PM  
Ms. Jennifer Roberts,
Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.



Additional written testimony may be found at Attachment D.

02:46:39 PM  
Senator Kolker, bill
sponsor, presented amendment L.011 (Attachment E) and responded to questions
about the bill.



Conrad Imel, Office of Legislative Legal Services, responded to questions
about the bill.


02:47:27 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.011 (Attachment E).
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner
Hisey
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:06:48 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1122, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Hisey Yes
Jaquez Lewis Excused
Kirkmeyer No
Simpson Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:08:15 PM   The committee adjourned.






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