Frank Cornelia, representing Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, testified in favor of the measure. He discussed the importance of health care providers managing behavioral health treatment instead of the criminal justice system.
Lucienne Ohanian, repesenting the Office of the State Public Defender, testified in support of the bill. She discussed competency restoration training and the importance of identifying individuals with the most intransigence mental health issues.
Maureen Cain, representing the Office of the State Public Defender, spoke in support of the bill. She provided examples of repeated competency delays.
Abigail Negley, representing the ARC, testified in support of the measure. She discussed how people with disabilities are disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system.
Committee discussion ensued about individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, restoration, and medication.