Mental Health Colorado currently has two bills introduced (HB19-1044 and SB19-010). This week we’ve been working with bill drafters on four other bill proposals that we plan to introduce soon. The first bill would expand and improve the Special Connections program for pregnant women with substance use disorders enrolled in Medicaid. The bill would include two child care pilot programs; create a cash-fund to expand treatment capacity for high-risk families, youth, and children; and would allow women to enroll in the program post-partum.
The other three bills are part of a package of bills to address the number of people with mental health conditions in jails awaiting competency restoration. We will be sharing more information on these three important bills in the coming weeks!
This week the legislature is considering the following bills on our agenda:
Public Testimony in front of the Joint Budget Committee: The JBC is asking members of the public to testify about what they should be spending their money on this year. This is a great opportunity for you to let them know how important mental health is to you. If you would like to have a fact sheet with our current funding requests, email Lauren Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Joint Budget Committee, 1:30pm
- HB-1089 Exemption from Garnishment for Medical Debt (Support): House Finance, 1:30pm in Rm. LSB-A
- HB19-1009 Substance Use Disorders Recover (Support/Amend): House Public Health and Human Services, Upon adjournment, Rm. 0109
- HB19-1115 Assault On Detention Worker (Oppose): House Judiciary, 1:30pm in Rm. 0112
- SB19-001 Expand Medication-assisted Treatment Pilot Program (Support): Senate Health and Human Services, 1:30pm in Rm. LSB-B
- SB19-065 Peer Assistance Emergency Medical Service Provider (Support): Senate Health and Human Services, 1:30pm in Rm. LSB-B
- HB-1036 Annual Stipends For Certified School Professionals (Support): Senate Education, 1:30pm in Rm. 352
Last week at the Capitol:
A Mental Health Colorado bill passed the House unanimously with 32 co-sponsors added. HB19-1044 would create a psychiatric advance directive, which is a legal document to specify an individual’s preferred treatment and medications when they are in a psychiatric crisis. Moe Keller did a fantastic job testifying in front of the committee. The testimony from Evan Silverman, a member of our Brain Wave, was incredibly powerful and greatly impacted the committee members. Thank you both!
Update on other bills of importance:
- HB19-1036 Annual Stipends For Certified School Professionals
Passed House Education: 10-2
- HB19-1004 Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option
Passed House Health and Insurance 9-2
- HB19-1005 Income Tax Credit for Early Childhood Educators
Passed House Education 9-3
- HB19-1027 Clean Syringe Envtl Impact Mitigation Plan
Postponed Indefinitely (PI’d) in House Public Health Care & Human Services