BILL SUMMARY for HB09-1078
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
|Votes: View--> ||Action Taken: |
|Adopt prepared amendment L.001 (Attachment B). Th|
Refer House Bill 09-1078, as amended, to the Commi
|Pass Without Objection|
01:40 PM -- House Bill 09-1078
Senator Hodge introduced House Bill 09-1078. The bill requires that the Department of Human Services make available to foster parents training concerning individualized education programs (IEPs). She responded to questions from Senator Mitchell regarding why a statutory change was necessary to implement the bill's provisions.
01:44 PM -- James Faulkner, representing Bridging the Gap, testified in support of the bill. He stated the bill will help children in foster care homes to receive help with their school work and to allow foster parents to understand what provisions are in the IEP.
01:46 PM -- Kirsten Malm, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), testified that the bill will equip foster parents to become effective advocates for children who have IEPs. She stated that federal legislation authorizes foster parents to sign off on IEPs. She stated that the bill doesn't require parents to receive the training, but gives them the option. Senator Schultheis and Senator Mitchell further discussed why legislation is necessary to implement the bill's provisions.
01:51 PM -- Michael Gallegos, Colorado Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill. He stated that the bill will continue to support foster care parents in caring for children placed in out-of-home care. He responded to questions from Senator Lundberg regarding local involvement in the training provided to foster parents.
01:53 PM -- Andi Leopoldus, Bridging the Gap, CASA, and Colorado ARCs, responded to previous committee questions regarding why a statutory change was necessary to implement the bill's provisions. She stated that advocacy groups have previously provided the training, and that by putting the training requirement into statute, it will create a right of foster parents to receive the training.
Senator Hodge gave concluding remarks. She distributed amendment L.001 (Attachment B). Amendment L.001 specifies that the Departments of Human Services and Education must ensure coordination between local county departments of human or social services and local school districts in implementing the training.
|TIME: || 01:55:53 PM|
|MOTION:||Refer House Bill 09-1078, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole, with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on an 8-0 roll call vote.|
Final YES: 8 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS