SB18-024 Expand Access to Behavioral Health Care Providers

Originally Posted: February 23, 2018
Last Updated: May 4, 2018

Summary

The bill updates the Colorado Health Service Corps Program in order to increase access to behavioral health care providers across the state. The bill allows behavioral health care providers to participate in the loan repayment program if they commit to providing services in shortage areas for a defined period of time and establishes a scholarship program for individuals pursuing or increasing their level of certification as an addiction counselor. The bill also directs the State Board of Health to develop methodologies to identify areas in the state where there is a shortage of health care professionals.

Position

The Children’s Campaign supports this bill and its efforts to increase access to behavioral health professionals by building the capacity of the workforce, in particular in those areas of the state experiencing a shortage of health care professionals. Behavioral health care professionals provide critical supports and prevention and early intervention services for kids and families, helping to support children’s healthy development and maternal mental health, and to address delays, challenging behaviors, substance abuse, and other concerns.

Current Status

Passed final vote in the House and will be sent to the Governor for his signature.

Previous Statuses


February 23, 2018

Passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on a bipartisan vote of 4-1 as amended and now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee

March 30, 2018

Assigned to the Senate Appropriations Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, Apr. 10 at 8:35 am in Room 357

April 13, 2018

Passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a bipartisan vote of 6-1 and now heads to the Senate floor for debate

April 27, 2018

Passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote of 28-7 and now heads to the House