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Bill: HB17-1112
Title: Immunity Unauthorized Practice Of Profession
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning immunity from penalties for the unauthorized practice of a profession regulated by the department of regulatory agencies for individuals who meet certain requirements.

Official Summary

The bill provides immunity from civil and administrative penalties
for the unauthorized practice of a profession by an individual who meets
certain requirements.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/13/2017)
StatusHouse Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/21/2017)
House SponsorsK. Van Winkle (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
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Bill: HB17-1121
Title: Patient Safety Act
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning certain health care professions regulated by the department of regulatory agencies, and, in connection therewith, requiring criminal history record checks for individuals with prescriptive authority and certified nurse aides, repealing the nurse licensure compact, and enacting the enhanced nurse licensure compact.

Official Summary

The bill requires applicants for initial licensure or certification, as
well as current licensees and certificate holders, to submit to a
fingerprint-based criminal history record check for:
  • Podiatrists (sections 1 and 2);
  • Dentists and dental hygienists (sections 3 and 4);
  • Medical doctors, physician assistants, and anesthesiologists
(sections 5 and 6);
  • Nurses (sections 7 and 8);
  • Certified nurse aides (sections 10 and 11);
  • Optometrists (sections 13 through 15); and
  • Veterinarians (sections 16 through 18).
Section 9 of the bill eliminates the nurse alternative to discipline
program.
Section 12 of the bill requires an employer of a certified nurse aide
(CNA) to report whenever a CNA is terminated from employment or
resigns in lieu of termination, within 30 days after the termination or
resignation. The state board of nursing is authorized to fine an employer
that fails to report the termination or resignation.
Section 19 amends the Medical Transparency Act of 2010 to
include a person applying for nurse licensure under the Enhanced Nurse
Licensure Compact within the definition of applicant.
Section 20 of the bill repeals the current Nurse Licensure
Compact and adopts the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/16/2017)
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations (03/13/2017)
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate Committee
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Bill: HB17-1158
Title: Charitable Solicitations Regulation
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning the regulation of charitable solicitations by the secretary of state, and, in connection therewith, modifying and clarifying filing requirements and enforcement of the 'Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act'.

Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill clarifies that a charitable organization's
registration with the secretary of state must be renewed on an annual basis
if the charitable organization intends to solicit donations in Colorado, and
an organization may not continue to solicit if it fails to renew its
registration. The bill also requires an organization to update information
in its registration within 30 days after any change.
Sections 1 to 3 make consistent the requirements for affirmations
and declarations required on various forms under the charitable
solicitation laws so that these laws are consistent with the Multistate
Registration and Filing Portal, Inc.
Section 4 authorizes the secretary of state to promulgate rules
providing for the withdrawal of an active registration by a charitable
organization, professional fundraising consultant, or paid solicitor.
Section 5 changes the time limit for a request for a hearing on the
denial, suspension, or revocation of a registration from 5 days after
receipt of notice of the action by the secretary of state to 30 days after the
date of the notice.
Section 6 deletes the requirement that an organization designate
a registered agent for service of process and notices and substitutes a
requirement that the organization provide an address of record. If no
alternative address is provided, the address of the organization's principal
place of business is its address of record.
Section 7 specifies that if an organization fails to file its actual
financial report to replace estimated financial reports, the organization is
subject to statutory fines. Notice of the failure to file is deemed received
if sent twice to the organization's address of record.
Section 8 makes the bill effective July 1, 2018.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/15/2017)
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (03/17/2017)
House SponsorsH. Mckean (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Smallwood (R)
B. Martinez Humenik (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
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Bill: HB17-1165
Title: Department Of Regulatory Agencies Boards Disciplinary Action Resolution Process
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning the resolution of disciplinary actions by agencies within the department of regulatory agencies.

Official Summary

Section 2 of the bill directs the Colorado dental board to conduct
a review of its disciplinary procedures, identify inefficiencies, devise
improvements, and implement the improvements.
Section 3 defines health care prescriber board to mean the
following boards in the department of regulatory agencies: The Colorado
podiatry board; the Colorado dental board; the Colorado medical board;
the state board of nursing; the state board of optometry; and the state
board of veterinary medicine. Section 3 also adjusts the boards'
disciplinary procedures as follows:
  • Within 15 days after receipt of a complaint, the board shall
provide the complainant with a comprehensive, written
summary of the procedures, timelines, and complainant and
respondent rights that apply to the processing and
resolution of complaints and the contact information for the
person who will be coordinating the board's response to the
complaint;
  • Within 30 days after receiving or initiating a complaint, the
board shall notify the licensee named in the complaint of
the complaint and provide a copy of the notice to the
complainant, if any. If patient records are potentially
relevant to resolution of the complaint, the notice must
state that the licensee shall provide the board with the
records within 30 days after the board sent the notice.
  • Within 30 days after the board sent the notice, the licensee
named in the complaint is required to provide a written
response to the complaint to the board and include all
patient records specified in the notice. If the licensee fails
to timely respond, the board is to send the licensee a second
notice and include a statement that failure to respond
within 30 days will result in license suspension.
  • If the licensee fails to timely respond to a second notice of
complaint, the board is to suspend the licensee's license
unless good cause is shown;
  • The board is to notify the complainant if it receives a
response from the licensee or if it suspends the licensee for
failure to respond to a second notice of complaint;
  • If the complainant is a patient, the board must promptly
notify the patient of the patient's right to receive a copy of
the patient records; and
  • If an investigation was initiated by a complaint and the
board took formal action regarding the alleged misconduct,
the board shall provide the complainant, within 30 days
after the action, with written notice of any initial
disposition or board action, the next steps in the
investigation process, and the final disposition of the
investigation or complaint, as applicable.
By December 31, 2017, each board shall adopt rules regarding the
procedures, timelines, and complainant and respondent rights that apply
to the processing and resolution of disciplinary actions. The boards are
directed to use their best efforts to make an initial disposition of
disciplinary actions within 6 months after initiation of an investigation or
receipt of a complaint. An initial disposition includes a formal
determination that more time is needed to resolve the action.
Section 1 requires health insurance companies to update their
participating provider lists at least monthly, based on information on the
department's health care prescriber boards' websites, to remove a provider
whose license has been suspended or revoked.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/21/2017)
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/21/2017)
House SponsorsS. Lebsock (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate Committee
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Bill: HB17-1179
Title: Immunity For Emergency Rescue From Locked Vehicle
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning immunity for a person who renders emergency assistance from a locked vehicle.

 

Official Summary

The bill provides immunity from civil and criminal liability for a
person who forcibly enters a locked vehicle for the purpose of rendering
assistance to an at-risk person or animal. To receive immunity, the person
must:
  • Have a good faith belief that the person or animal is in
imminent danger of death or suffering great bodily injury;
  • Verify the vehicle is locked;
  • Make a reasonable effort to locate the owner or operator of
the vehicle;
  • Contact a law enforcement or other first responder agency
prior to forcibly entering the vehicle and not interfere with
the actions of any such responding law enforcement
agency;
  • Use no more force than reasonably necessary to enter the
locked vehicle;
  • Remain with the at-risk person or animal in a safe location
close to the vehicle until law enforcement or other first
responder arrives at the scene; except that, if the person
rendering assistance has to leave the scene before the
owner or operator of the vehicle returns, prior to leaving
the scene, the person rendering assistance shall leave a
notice on the vehicle with his or her name and contact
information and the name and location, if any, of the
facility to which he or she took the at-risk person or animal.
Also prior to leaving the scene, the person rendering
assistance shall contact law enforcement, animal control, or
other first responder to provide them with the same
information.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/21/2017)
StatusSenate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only (03/20/2017)
House SponsorsL. Saine (R)
J. Ginal (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
V. Marble (R)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
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Bill: HB17-1228
Title: Pet Animal Care Technology Platform Regulation
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of the 'Home-based Pet Animal Care Technology Platform Act'.

Official Summary

The bill creates the Home-based Pet Animal Care Technology
Platform Act. A pet animal care technology platform (pet platform) is
defined as a corporation or other corporate entity, operating in Colorado,
that uses a digital network to connect pet animal caregivers to pet animal
owners for the purpose of providing home-based pet animal services,
such as boarding, day care, housesitting, drop-in visits, training,
transportation, and walking. Pet platforms are required to obtain a permit
to operate from the department of agriculture (department) before
beginning operations. Pet platforms are required to carry specified
amounts of insurance coverage and pay a fee to the department, as
determined by department rule. Before allowing a person to act as a pet
animal caregiver through the pet platform, the pet platform shall confirm
that the person is 18 years of age or older and shall confirm that the
person has never been convicted of or pled guilty or nolo contendere to
any felony offense involving animals. The pet animal care technology
platform fund is created.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/22/2017)
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor (03/06/2017)
House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
L. Landgraf (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate Committee
VotesVotes all Legislators
Hearing Date2017-03-23
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomLegislative Services Building Hearing Room A
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Bill: HB17-1274
Title: Veterinary Pharmaceutical Compounding Animal Patient
Position
CCW Summary
Official Summary

House Bill 16-1324 allowed a veterinarian to maintain an office
stock of compounded drugs, which are drugs that are combined, mixed,
or otherwise altered to create a specific drug or formulation, for later
distribution or administration to animal patients. The bill defines food
animal and sets forth the limited circumstances under which a
veterinarian may administer a compounded drug to, or dispense a
compounded drug for, a food animal. The bill further clarifies that
references to patient set forth in House Bill 16-1324 refer to an animal
patient.

Comment
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Fiscal Notes 
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources (03/17/2017)
House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate Committee
VotesVotes all Legislators
Hearing Date2017-04-03
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0112
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Bill: HB17-1282
Title: Rural Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of a veterinary education loan repayment program to assist veterinarians with education loan repayments in exchange for providing veterinary services in rural areas of the state in need of veterinary services.

Official Summary

The bill creates the state veterinary education loan repayment
council (council), which consists of 5 directors appointed by the
governor. The council administers the veterinary education loan
repayment program (program) by use of funds from the veterinary
education loan repayment fund (fund), which program and fund are also
created in the bill. Through the program, the council provides veterinary
education loan repayments from the fund to eligible veterinarians who:
  • Have graduated from an accredited doctor of veterinary
medicine school;
  • Currently live in Colorado or, at some point, have lived in
Colorado for at least 3 years; and
  • Agree to practice veterinary medicine for up to 4 years in
a rural area of the state that is experiencing a shortage of
veterinarians that the council designates for participation in
the program.
To implement the program, the council enters into a contract with
an eligible veterinarian and the rural area of the state in which the
veterinarian will practice veterinary medicine.

Comment
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Fiscal Notes 
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources (03/21/2017)
House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
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Bill: SB17-030
Title: Exempt Injectable Anabolic Steroids For Cattle
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning the exemption from the schedules of controlled substances any anabolic steroid that is administered through injection into nonhuman species.

Official Summary

For the purposes of the schedules of controlled substances, the bill
exempts from the definition of anabolic steroid any substance that is
otherwise defined as an anabolic steroid if it is administered through
injection into cattle or other nonhuman species and has been approved by
the secretary of health and human services for such administration.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/21/2017)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/16/2017)
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
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Bill: SB17-032
Title: Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Access
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning a change to how certain qualified persons may gain access to the prescription drug monitoring program.

Official Summary

Current law gives law enforcement officials and state regulatory
boards access to the prescription drug monitoring program with a request
that is accompanied by an official court order or subpoena. The bill
changes this requirement to an official court order or warrant issued upon
a showing of probable cause.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/30/2017)
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/01/2017)
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsM. Merrifield (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
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Bill: SB17-033
Title: Delegate Dispensing Over-the-counter Medications
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning the authority of a professional nurse to delegate dispensing authority for over-the-counter medications.

Official Summary

The bill allows a professional nurse to delegate to another person,
after appropriate training, the dispensing authority of an over-the-counter
medication to a minor with the signed consent of the minor's parent or
guardian.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/16/2017)
StatusSenate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (03/16/2017)
House SponsorsP. Lawrence (R)
Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
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Bill: SB17-054
Title: Create Rotation Schedule For Tax Checkoff Programs
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning voluntary contributions of income tax refunds through the state individual income tax return form, and, in connection therewith, establishing a rotation schedule for funds to appear on the individual income tax return form and removing the requirement that a fund receive a minimum amount of contributions to remain on the form.

Official Summary

Currently, an income tax refund voluntary contribution program,
commonly referred to as a tax checkoff program (program), appears on
the state individual income tax return form (form) until the program is
repealed pursuant to the sunset clause in its organic statute or until the
program fails to receive a minimum amount of contributions in any year
after the 2-year ramp-up period immediately following the program's
creation. The number of programs that appear on the form each year is
capped at 20 and preference for placement on the form is given to
returning programs. If more programs exist than the form can
accommodate, the excess programs are placed in a queue until a slot on
the form becomes available.
Section 2 of the bill revises the tax checkoff process so that a
program is allowed to appear on the form for 5 consecutive years and then
take a minimum 5-year hiatus, at which point the program is again
eligible to be added (via the general assembly acting by bill) to the form
for another 5-year period and then removed for another 5-year hiatus, etc.
This cycle may repeat indefinitely. Because they are currently exempt
from the mandatory sunset process for checkoffs, the bill exempts the
homeless prevention activities program fund voluntary contribution and
the western slope military veterans' cemetery voluntary contribution from
the hiatus requirement.
Because every program will spend a dedicated amount of time on
the form, the bill removes the requirement that every program receive a
minimum amount of contributions to retain its place on the form. The bill
retains the 20-program limit for the form and the queuing process.
Section 2 also specifies that the amount that any taxpayer is
permitted to donate annually through the program is capped at the amount
of the taxpayer's refund for that year.
For the nongame and endangered wildlife cash fund voluntary
contribution program, which is currently scheduled to sunset in January
2018, sections 3 and 4 extend its placement on the form for 2 years
before the program cycles off for 5 years pursuant to the above-described
process.
Pursuant to the new rotation schedule, sections 5 through 29
specify the 5-year periods in which programs currently on the form will
appear on the form and the years in which any renewed fund is eligible
to return to the form following the mandatory hiatus.
Section 31 removes various laws pertaining to the following tax
checkoff funds, which laws are obsolete as these funds do not currently
appear on the form:
  • Adult stem cells cure fund voluntary contribution;
  • Colorado 2-1-1 first call for help fund voluntary
contribution;
  • Goodwill Industries fund voluntary contribution; and
  • Families in Action for Mental Health fund voluntary
contribution.
Section 30 makes a conforming amendment to account for the
repeal of the adult stem cells cure fund tax checkoff provisions.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/10/2017)
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/14/2017)
House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeFinance
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Bill: SB17-109
Title: Industrial Hemp Animal Feed
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning the use of industrial hemp in products designed for consumption.

Official Summary

Currently, it is illegal to sell animal feed that is deemed
adulterated. The bill clarifies that the use of industrial hemp does not
adulterate feed.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/23/2017)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2017)
House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
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Bill: SB17-135
Title: Remove Medical Release Requirement For Animal Chiropractic
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning the removal of the requirement that licensed chiropractors who are registered to perform animal chiropractic obtain a veterinary medical clearance by a licensed veterinarian before performing an act that falls within an animal chiropractor's scope of practice on an animal patient.

Official Summary

Under current law, a licensed chiropractor, whether or not he or
she is registered with the state board of chiropractic examiners to perform
animal chiropractic, must obtain a veterinary medical clearance from a
licensed veterinarian before performing an act that falls within the
chiropractor's scope of practice on an animal patient. The bill removes the
veterinary medical clearance requirement for chiropractors who are
registered with the state board as animal chiropractors. A licensed
chiropractor who is registered as an animal chiropractor and performs
animal chiropractic on an animal patient is encouraged to consult with a
veterinarian treating the animal patient.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/07/2017)
StatusHouse Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely (03/13/2017)
House SponsorsK. Lewis (R)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
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Bill: SB17-136
Title: Reporting And Limiting Civil Forfeiture
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning civil forfeiture reform.

Official Summary

The bill requires the division of criminal justice in the department
of public safety (division) to establish and maintain a website containing:
  • Specified information on each criminal forfeiture involving
property; and
  • Specified information on how each governmental agency
that received proceeds from forfeitures used those
proceeds.
The bill requires each governmental agency involved in seizing
property under forfeiture statutes (seizing agency) to update the
information posted on the division's website and establishes consequences
if a seizing agency fails to update the website in a timely manner.
The executive director of the department of public safety
(executive director) is authorized to adopt rules concerning the website.
The state auditor is required to annually perform a financial audit
of seized property and expenditures of forfeiture proceeds and submit a
report on the audit to certain committees of the general assembly and to
the executive director. The executive director shall submit an annual
report to certain committees and officers summarizing seizure and
forfeiture activities in the state.
The bill prohibits a seizing agency from transferring or referring
seized property to a federal governmental agency for forfeiture litigation
unless the property includes currency in excess of $100,000.
The bill authorizes the division to charge a seizing agency a fee
when the seizing agency updates the website to offset the division's costs
of developing and maintaining the website. The bill establishes a cash
fund for the fees.
The bill clarifies that information and reports developed pursuant
to the bill are public records subject to inspection under the Colorado
Open Records Act.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/14/2017)
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/15/2017)
House SponsorsS. Humphrey (R)
L. Herod (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Kagan (D)
T. Neville (R)
House Committee
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Bill: SB17-146
Title: Access To Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning access to the electronic prescription drug monitoring program.

Official Summary

The bill modifies provisions relating to licensed health
professionals' access to the electronic prescription drug monitoring
program as follows:
  • Allows a health care provider who has authority to
prescribe controlled substances, or the provider's designee,
to query the program regarding a current patient, regardless
of whether the provider is prescribing or considering
prescribing a controlled substance to that patient;
  • Specifies that a veterinarian who is authorized to prescribe
controlled substances may access the program to inquire
about a current patient or client if the veterinarian suspects
that the client has committed drug abuse or mistreated an
animal; and
  • Specifies that, in addition to accessing the program when
dispensing or considering dispensing a controlled
substance, a pharmacist or designee of the pharmacist may
access the program regarding a current patient to whom the
pharmacist is dispensing or considering dispensing a
prescription drug.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/15/2017)
StatusHouse Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/22/2017)
House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
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Bill: SB17-242
Title: Modernize Behavioral Health Terminology in Colorado Revised Statutes
Position
CCW Summary

Concerning modernizing terminology in the Colorado Revised Statutes related to behavioral health.

Official Summary

The bill updates and modernizes terminology in the Colorado
Revised Statutes related to behavioral health, mental health, alcohol
abuse, and substance abuse. Based on specific contexts, the new
terminology refers to behavioral health disorders, mental health disorders,
alcohol use disorders, or substance use disorders.
Outdated references to the unit in the department of human
services that administers behavioral health programs and services,
including those related to mental health and substance abuse have been
corrected to use the actual current name of that office, which is the office
of behavioral health in the department of human services.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/21/2017)
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (03/16/2017)
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
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