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Bill Detail: HB24-1038

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Title High-Acuity Crisis for Children & Youth
Status House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole (04/12/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Human Services
House Sponsors M. Young (D)
B. Bradley (R)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
B. Kirkmeyer (R)
House Committee Health and Human Services
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/10/2024
Summary

Colorado's Child Welfare System Interim Study Committee.
The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing, in
collaboration with the behavioral health administration (BHA) and the
department of human services, to develop a system of care (system of
care) for children and youth who are less than 21 years of age and who
have complex behavioral health needs. At a minimum, the system of care
must include:
  • Implementation of a standardized assessment tool;
  • Intensive-care coordination;
  • Expanded supportive services; and
  • Expanded access to treatment foster care.
The bill creates the residential child care provider training
academy in the department of human services to create a pipeline of
high-quality staff for residential child care providers and ensure that
individuals hired to work at residential child care facilities receive the
necessary training to perform the individual's job functions responsibly
and effectively.
The bill requires the department of human services to develop a
system to establish and monitor quality standards for residential child care
providers and ensure the quality standards are implemented into all levels
of care that serve children and youth in out-of-home placement. The bill
requires the department of human services to develop a system to
incentivize residential child care providers to implement quality standards
above the department of human services' established minimum standards.
The bill requires the department of human services to make a
directory of each residential child care provider's quality assurance
publicly available on the department's website.
The department of human services program that provides
emergency resources to licensed providers to help remove barriers the
providers face in serving children and youth whose behavioral or mental
health needs require services and treatment in a residential child care
facility currently repeals on July 1, 2028. The bill extends the program
indefinitely and requires the department of human services to contract
with additional licensed providers for the delivery of services to children
and youth who are eligible for and placed in the program.
The bill requires the department of human services and the BHA
to increase the minimum reimbursement rates paid to qualified residential
treatment programs for the purpose of aligning room and board payments
across payer sources.
The bill requires the department of health care policy and
financing to contract with a third-party vendor to complete an actuarial
analysis in order to determine the appropriate medicaid reimbursement
rate for psychiatric residential treatment facilities.
The bill requires the department of human services to contract with
one or more third-party vendors to implement a pilot program to assess
the needs of, and provide short-term residential services for, juvenile
justice-involved youth who do not meet the criteria for detention.

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