HB19-1129 (Michaelson Jenet & Esgar/Fenberg) Prohibit Conversion Therapy for a Minor

Originally Posted: February 8, 2019
Last Updated: February 8, 2019

Summary

This bill would prohibit licensed medical and mental health providers from engaging in conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth in Colorado, and would subject any licensed provider who engages in this practice to disciplinary action by the appropriate licensing boards. The bill would also include the practice and advertisement of conversion therapy as a discredited trade practice under the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, subjecting conversion therapy providers to civil monetary penalties.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has stated that conversion therapies not only lack scientific credibility, there is evidence that these practices are harmful to youth and adolescents, and that the practice should not be part of any behavioral health treatment for youth and adolescents. In Colorado, 61 percent of high school students who identify as LGBTQ report experiencing sadness or hopelessness that impacted their usual activities, compared to 25 percent of high school students who identify as heterosexual. LGBTQ youth in Colorado also report a higher incidence of e-cigarette use and alcohol consumption than youth who identify as heterosexual. It is critically important to support the mental health and healthy development of all Colorado kids through evidence-based practices, including supporting youth and adolescents as they explore their identity and sexuality.

Current Status

Assigned to the House Public Care & Human Services Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Wed., Feb. 13 upon adjournment in Room 0107.