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Bill Detail: SB22-196

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Title Health Needs Of Persons In Criminal Justice System
Status Governor Signed (05/19/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Public Health
House Sponsors A. Benavidez (D)
J. Bacon (D)
Senate Sponsors P. Lee (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 04/05/2022
Summary

The bill establishes the early intervention, deflection, and
redirection from the criminal justice system grant program (grant
program) in the behavioral health administration (BHA) to provide grants
to local governments, federally recognized Indian tribes, health-care
providers, community-based organizations, and nonprofit organizations

to fund programs and strategies that prevent people with behavioral health
needs from becoming involved with the criminal justice system or that
redirect individuals in the criminal justice system with behavioral health
needs from the system to appropriate services. Local law enforcement
agencies are eligible for a grant only for the purpose of developing or
expanding a co-responder community response program.
The BHA administers the grant program in consultation with the
department of public safety. Each grant recipient must report to the BHA
information about the use of the grant. The bill requires the general
assembly to appropriate $51.5 million from the behavioral and mental
health cash fund to the department of human services for the grant
program.
The bill requires the general assembly to appropriate $3 million
from the behavioral and mental health cash fund to the department of
corrections (department) to provide medication-assisted treatment to
individuals who are placed in the custody of the department. The
department shall use the money for upgrades necessary to store
medications at department facilities, for providing continuity of care for
inmates with opioid use disorder between institutional settings and
community-based treatment, and for facilitating long-term treatment and
recovery of individuals upon release.
The bill requires the general assembly to appropriate $4 million
from the behavioral and mental health cash fund to the judicial
department for allocation to district attorneys for pretrial diversion
programs.
The bill creates the behavioral health information and data sharing
program to award grants to counties to integrate the county jails' data
systems with the Colorado integrated criminal justice information system.
The division of criminal justice (division) within the department of public
safety administers the program. The division is required to enter into an
agreement with a third-party vendor to oversee the implementation of any
data-sharing systems or software necessary for the program. The bill
requires the general assembly to appropriate $3.5 million from the
behavioral and mental health cash fund for the program.
The bill requires the state department of health care policy and
financing (HCPF) to evaluate and determine whether the state should seek
additional federal authority to provide screening, brief intervention, and
care coordination services through the medical assistance program to
persons immediately prior to release from jail or a department of
corrections facility and to improve processes for determining and
redetermining individuals for medical assistance eligibility. If HCPF
determines that the state should request federal authority, HCPF must
make the request. If HCPF determines that the state should not request
federal authority, HCPF must submit a report to the joint budget
committee of the general assembly that includes an alternate plan to
ensure continuity of care for individuals being released from jail or
prison.
The bill requires HCPF to determine whether federal authority is
necessary to provide benefit coverage under the medical assistance
program to people who are on work release from jail.
The bill requires each county jail to report quarterly about the
number of inmates whose medicaid is suspended while incarcerated and
the number of incarcerated inmates who are enrolled in, or whose
medicaid is reinstated, prior to release. The bill requires a county jail to
provide medicaid enrollment or re-enrollment paperwork to a person who
is incarcerated in the jail and is eligible for medicaid benefits when the
person enters the county jail.
The bill requires an administrator of a community corrections
program to partner with a county department of human or social services
to facilitate enrolling each offender participating in the program into
medicaid.

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