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Bill Detail: HB20-1006

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Title Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants
Status House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
  • Human Services
House Sponsors J. McCluskie (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Senate Sponsors B. Pettersen (D)
T. Story (D)
House Committee Public Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/08/2020

Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative
Commission. The bill directs the department of human services
(department) to design, implement, and operate a statewide program of
early childhood mental health consultation (program). The purpose of the
program is to support mental health care across the state in a variety of
early childhood settings and practices. Specifically, the program must be

designed to:
  • Increase the number of qualified and appropriately trained
early childhood mental health consultants (mental health
consultants) for on-site consultations; and
  • Utilize the mental health consultants, through on-site visits,
to support a variety of early childhood settings and
practices from the prenatal period through 8 years of age.
The program must also include a:
  • Model of consultation for mental health consultants
(model) that includes job qualifications and expectations,
expected outcomes, and guidance on ratios of mental health
consultants and the settings they support. The model must
include standards and guidelines for mental health
consultants developed from evidence-based programs.
  • Professional development plan for mental health
  • Certification process for mental health consultants; and
  • A published list of certified mental health consultants.
The bill requires the department to actively collect data related to
the program and make regular reports on the program to the joint budget
committee of the general assembly and as part of its annual State
Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART)
Government Act hearing.
The department, in collaboration with the department of health
care policy and financing, is directed to explore additional funding
options for the program.

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