BILL SUMMARY for HB09-1086
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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|Refer House Bill 09-1086 to the Committee on Appro||PASS|
10:27 AM -- House Bill 09-1086
Senator Boyd introduced House Bill 09-1086. The bill sets requirements for the renewal of licenses or certifications for social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and addiction counselors. For each profession, the applicable state Board of Examiners in the Department of Regulatory Agencies must adopt rules for a program ensuring the mental health professional's continued competency. Beginning January 1, 2011, mental health professionals must satisfy the continued competency requirements in order to renew or reinstate their license to practice. Senator Boyd responded to questions from Senator Schultheis regarding the need for the bill.
10:38 AM -- Richard Morales, representing the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), responded to questions from Senator Schultheis and Senator Mitchell regarding the impetus for the bill and DORA's position on the bill.
10:43 AM -- Lorie Bohm Klumb, representing the National Association of Social Workers, testified regarding the need for social workers to continually update their training. She testified that if there isn't a requirement that professionals update their training, most will not voluntarily do it.
10:47 AM -- Jeff Thormodsgaard, representing the Society of Addiction Counselors of Colorado and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, referred the committee to a fact sheet in support of the bill (Attachment A).
Senator Boyd gave concluding remarks regarding the bill. She responded to questions from Senator Newell regarding documentation of continuing competency. Senator Lundberg commented on the bill.
|TIME: || 10:50:58 AM|
|MOTION:||Refer House Bill 09-1086 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a 5-3 roll call vote.|
Final YES: 5 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS