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Bill Detail: HB24-1355

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Title Measures to Reduce the Competency Wait List
Status Sent to the Governor (05/23/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Courts & Judicial
House Sponsors J. Amabile (D)
J. Mabrey (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 03/04/2024
Summary

The bill creates the bridges wraparound care program (wraparound
program) in the office of bridges of Colorado (bridges of Colorado) to
increase the success of eligible individuals referred from the criminal
justice system by connecting the individuals to necessary wraparound care
coordination services, resulting in case dismissal, continuity of care, and
increased social stability.
The bill requires each judicial district to develop a process to
identify and refer eligible individuals to the wraparound program as a
community-based alternative to competency proceedings. The chief judge
of each judicial district is required to enter into a memorandum of
understanding with multiple stakeholders within the judicial district to
develop and implement a referral process to refer individuals to the
wraparound program.
The bill requires the office of the state court administrator to
ensure a court coordinator assists with identifying eligible individuals,
collaborates with the stakeholders and entities to develop the
memorandum of understanding, manages data gathering and reporting
requirements, and provides ongoing support to each judicial district in
developing and implementing the referral process.
If an eligible defendant is referred to the wraparound program and
the defendant consents to participate in the wraparound program, the bill
requires the court to issue an order appointing a bridges wraparound care
coordinator (care coordinator). The wraparound program is required to
accept an eligible defendant the court refers to the wraparound program
unless the care coordinator determines during the initial intake process
that the wraparound program is not appropriate for the defendant due to
clinical or other reasons. If the care coordinator determines the
wraparound program is not appropriate for the defendant, bridges of
Colorado is required to immediately notify the court and outline other
interventions.
An individual who is accepted to participate in the wraparound
program is required to enter into a written agreement with bridges of
Colorado detailing the individual's participation in the wraparound
program and the program expectations, cooperate with the care
coordinator in developing the components of the participant's
individualized wraparound care plan, and engage with the care
coordinator and the services outlined in the individualized wraparound
care plan.
The bill requires the care coordinator to conduct a screening and
assessment of the participant. As part of the screening and assessment, the
care coordinator is required to create an individualized wraparound care
plan for the participant that is designed to reduce barriers and facilitate
access to wraparound care resources.
The bill requires the court to set a review hearing within 182 days
after the court issues the order appointing a care coordinator. At the
review hearing, the court is required to dismiss the charges against the
defendant unless the court finds that the defendant has not satisfactorily
complied with the individualized wraparound care plan, at which point
the district attorney may file a notice of termination with the court. If the
defendant has not satisfactorily complied with the individualized
wraparound care plan but remains engaged, the court may continue the
defendant's case for up to an additional 91 days and is required to dismiss
the charges if the defendant has satisfactorily complied with the
individualized wraparound care plan within the additional 91 days.

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