Colorado Legislative Council Staff
NO FISCAL IMPACT
January 5, 1998
Janis Baron (866-3523)
TITLE: CONCERNING CONTINUATION OF THE AUTHORITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT TO REGULATE THE ADMINISTRATION AND MONITORING OF MEDICATIONS IN FACILITIES BY QUALIFIED UNLICENSED PERSONS.
Summary of Legislation
The bill continues until July 1, 2009, the authority of the Department of Public Health and Environment, to regulate facilities that use qualified unlicensed persons to monitor and administer medications. The program was initially established in 1992 and minus legislation, is repealed July 1, 1998. The bill is offered as part of the Sunset Process. It is effective July 1, 1998.
Background. S.B. 92-105 authorized the Medication Administration Training Program and included an appropriation of $69,600 from the Medication Administration Cash Fund. The Division of Health Facilities has developed the training program and subcontracts with 25 to 30 instructors to train persons (employees of personal care boarding homes, residential child care facilities, and state certified adult day programs) on the proper techniques for administering medications. Training classes cost $55 per class. In FY 1996-97, 323 medication administration training classes were offered and 2,233 persons were trained to administer medications; expenditures totaled $114,269. For FY 1997-98, the department received an appropriation of $138,735. Approximately one-quarter of the fees are kept by the department for administration of the program and three-quarters of the fees are paid out to the instructors.
Since the bill authorizes the continuance of an existing program, it is assessed as having no fiscal impact. Funding for its operations will continue through the annual budget process.
Public Health and Environment