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Bill Detail: SB22-181

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Title Behavioral Health-care Workforce
Status Governor Signed (06/08/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Professions & Occupations
House Sponsors T. Van Beber (R)
Senate Sponsors J. Bridges (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 03/28/2022

The bill requires the behavioral health administration (BHA) in the
department of human services (department) to create and implement a
behavioral health-care provider workforce plan on or before September
1, 2022.
The plan is required to:

  • Include recruitment methods to increase and diversify the
behavioral health-care provider workforce;
  • Require the BHA to partner with the department of higher
education to better prepare the future behavioral
health-care provider workforce for public sector service, to
develop paid job shadowing and internship opportunities,
and to develop partnerships with learning facilities and
training centers;
  • Include strategies for the BHA to work with community
colleges and other institutions of higher education to recruit
residents of health professional shortage areas, with the
goal of educating these individuals in behavioral
health-care fields so that they will return to practice in
areas of need;
  • In collaboration with institutions of higher education,
including the community college system, create a new
program to help behavioral health-care providers advance
in their respective fields;
  • Require the BHA to expand the peer support professional
workforce; and
  • Through an interagency agreement with other state
agencies, raise awareness among health-care providers
concerning opportunities to invest in and strengthen their
behavioral health-care staff.
The bill requires the division of professions and occupations in the
department of regulatory agencies (DORA) to make recommendations to
expand the portability of existing credentialing requirements and
behavioral health-care practice through telehealth.
The bill requires the BHA to:
  • In collaboration with DORA, establish workforce standards
that strengthen the behavioral health-care provider
workforce and increase opportunities for unlicensed
behavioral health-care providers;
  • Work with other state agencies to reduce the administrative
burden across agencies to ensure behavioral health-care
providers have additional time to focus on patient care;
  • Collaborate with other state agencies on behavioral
health-care issues;
  • Use the learning management system to develop and
implement a comprehensive, collaborative, and
cross-system training certification and training curriculum
of evidence-based treatment and evidence-based criminal
justice approaches for behavioral health-care providers
working in programs to obtain a criminal justice treatment
provider endorsement; and
  • Develop methods to strengthen Colorado's current
behavioral health-care provider workforce.
The department is required to provide an overview of the BHA's
progress toward addressing the behavioral health-care provider workforce
shortage during the hearings held prior to the regular session of the
general assembly under the State Measurement for Accountable,
Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act.
From the behavioral and mental health cash fund, the general
assembly shall appropriate:
  • $52 million to the BHA for the purposes outlined in the
bill; and
  • $20 million to the Colorado health services corps fund to
provide student loan repayment for behavioral health-care
providers and candidates for licensure and to award
scholarships to addiction counselors.

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