Bill Introduced That Would Modify Civil Involuntary Commitment Laws

Bills have slowed dramatically this week with lawmakers only introducing seven total. Among the few and the noteworthy include a bill that would make modifications to state laws around civil involuntary commitment and a bill that would allow qualifying students to access medically necessary services during school hours.

Description: Non-substantive Changes To Title 7 Of Colorado Revised Statutes

Sponsors: S. Woodrow, A. Pico, R. Zenzinger and R. Woodward

Summary: Statutory Revision Committee. The bill would change references in Title 7 of the Revised Statutes from "owners' interest" to "owner's interest," repeal exempting certain domestic entities from a provision allowing reinstatement of an entity after an administrative dissolution upon compliance with certain conditions and make clarifying changes to the provision requiring notification of ratification of defective corporate actions to holders of valid and putative shares.

Description: Modifications To Civil Involuntary Commitment

Sponsors: J. Amabile,  J. McCluskie, D. Moreno and B. Gardner

Summary: Current law allows various emergency procedures to transport a person for a screening and to detain a person for a 72-hour treatment and evaluation if the person appears to have a mental health disorder, and as a result of the mental health disorder, appears to be an imminent danger to the person's self or others, or appears to be gravely disabled. Current law also sets forth procedures to certify a person for short-term or long-term care and treatment if the person qualifies. The bill would change who is responsible for transporting the person, limit who can take a person into protective custody and transfer them, require the transfer facility to document fully the conditions under which they received a person in protective custody among other screening and rights updates for the person in protective custody.

Description: 2022 Criminal And Juvenile Justice Commission Recommendations

Sponsors: M. Weissman 

Summary: Pursuant to a law that will take effect March 1, it is a class 2 misdemeanor to practice the following professions without an active license, registration or certification: professional engineering, architecture, audiology, dentistry, direct-entry midwifery, medicine, physician assistant, anesthesiologist assistant, professional nursing, nursing home administration, optometry, pharmacy, pharmacy technician and respiratory therapy. The bill makes practicing those professions intentionally without a license, registration or certification a class 6 felony.

Description: Access To Medically Necessary Services For Students

Sponsors: M. Froelich and C. Simpson

Summary: Under the bill, a student who has a medical diagnosis and presents an accompanying prescription from a qualified health care professional to an administrative unit must receive reasonable accommodations, as determined by a collaborative care team, to allow the student to receive medically necessary services in the school setting. The bill would prohibit an administrative unit from prohibiting a functional health care specialist from providing medically necessary services to a student during school hours. The bill would also authorize an administrative unit to utilize onsite therapists when selecting a functional health care specialist to provide the medically necessary services to the student.

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