Legislation

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Check in with hnacolorado.com and check this page for future discussions of ongoing and upcoming legislation that may affect the HNA members, their practices, and their businesses.

On this page, we will post any necessary calls-to-action as required to get our membership to contact their state or federal representatives or to arrange groups to attend committee meetings, as needed, at the state legislature in Denver.

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Call To Action


OPPOSE AMENDMENT TO HB20-1206 – MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS SERVICES UNDER FIRE

CALL TO ACTION:
Please forward to professionals, friends, family & consumers,

INSTRUCTIONS:
First thank you for reading this entire post and taking a stance or even listening….
It only takes 3 minutes to make a difference to save 10’000’s of jobs, help with suicide, mass shootings, homelessness & addiction

Write your legislators
Cut and paste the letter to your legislators written below under YOUR EMAIL (included – see below)
Cut and paste your legislators emails (included – see below)
Hit send

Answer every call to action – apathy loses our rights to choose & it only takes 3 minutes of your time
Forward to Friends and Family and ask them to do the same
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HISTORY & OVERVIEW OF HISTORICAL PROBLEM:
For 30 years there has been an unlicensed psychotherapy registration that has lived alongside the licensed psychotherapists. This is in jeopardy of being eliminated by the state legislature and licensed psychotherapists who want to create a monopoly. Our Call TO Action is based on the reality of what is happening within the mental health profession at the capitol. Eliminating the unlicensed psychotherapy registration will have massive consequences and make everyone, but licensed professionals able to practice in Colorado. This will put 10,000’s of people out of jobs as well as increase our mental health crisis. Unfortunately, licensing bills are highly favored at the capitol when there is a democratic majority and many unfair licensing bills have passed due to this. This is important to know what the voting history surrounding licensing and why the cost of care is increasing and consumers are more and more limited every day. Historically, we have fought for 20 years trying to keep your rights to holistic health practices such as nutrition, homeopathy and herbalism legal. Now we are fighting to try and keep professionals in their jobs who have been employed for 30 years as counselors, spiritual directors and registered psychotherapists. In a letter from our opposition it stated, “This year we have the unique opportunity to eliminate Registered Psychotherapists from the Mental Health Practice Act.”
Here is the Psychotherapy statute definition CO Statute 12-43-201 which is very broad and would encompass any professional even if they have clinical, counseling or a professional degree which is not one of the 5 sanctioned degrees under our oppositions criteria. Again, this would put everyone who counsels out of business.

Psychotherapy is:
“Treatment, diagnosis, testing, assessment or counseling in a professional relationship to assist individuals or groups to alleviate behavioral and mental health disorders, understand unconscious or conscious motivation, resolve emotional, relationship or attitudinal conflicts or modify behaviors that interfere with emotional, social or intellectual functioning.”

The Consumer & Small Business Alliance has historically fought unfair monopolistic bills such as this for over 20 years. We are a group of consumers, businesses and professionals that have banded together to fight unfair monopolies such as this. In 2013, we helped make nutrition, herbalism, homeopathy, essential oils and many other practices legal in the state of Colorado. We were formerly known as Colorado Citizens For Health Freedom, but the terms health freedom have become polarizing with other groups using this phrase. At this time, we have felt it was important to show who we really are by changing our name to Consumer and Small Business Alliance (CSBA). We ask you to join us as professionals & consumers alike not just in this fight, but in others as well. Together we can keep the cost of health care down and keep educated professionals legal.
In order to maintain our rights to choose professionals, CSBA has aligned with the Colorado Association of Psychotherapists to make this happen and get the word out. Please share far and wide with everyone you know in order to save these much needed professionals and keep Colorado Strong!

Sincerely,
Kim M. Green, Founder
Consumer & Small Business Alliance
f/k/a Colorado Citizens for Health Freedom

YOUR EMAIL:
RE: OPPOSE AMENDMENT TO HB20-1206 – MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS SERVICES UNDER FIRE

Dear Honorable Legislator:
This is my formal letter stating that I oppose the amendment to HB20-1206 which is being promoted by the Licensed Mental Health Professionals in Colorado to eliminate the Psychotherapy Registration putting 4000 people out of business and criminalizing 10,000’s+ other much needed mental health professionals.
Once again, the licensed psychotherapists are trying to create a monopoly for themselves which will harm all Coloradoans. It will harm our homeless, minority & mental health populations and add tremendous strain to our already existing mental health crisis. This amendment to the psychotherapy registration would make it illegal for spiritual counselors, registered psychotherapists, suicide prevention counselors, prison counselors, low-income/minority engagement workers/counselors, teen/adult homeless counselors, addiction counselors to practice in the state of Colorado. By ending the Psychotherapy Registration, (which has been in existence for over 30 years & according to DORA does not have a disproportionate amount of complaints in relation to the licensed psychotherapy database) this would make all these professionals illegal in the state of Colorado by criminalizing it once again.
We are going backwards in a state which is stating we are progressing forward. Access to mental health care has been a strong national democratic platform promise to help with our mental health crisis. With a majority of democrats sitting on the Colorado H&H Committee, if this amendment passes, (and insiders have shared that it will) it would be the very people who have been elected and made these campaign promises to resolve this problem that would be creating disastrous outcomes. These outcomes could prove fatal in our already precarious climate with potentially life threatening consequences if you eliminate the registered psychotherapists and counselors that are able to practice under it.

One counselor can stop a mass shooting. One counselor can stop a suicide. Would you take these professionals away from our state and create more harm?

According to national statistics supplied by Kaiser Permanente and the Health Resources & Services Administration there are only 30 licensed psychologists & 15.60 psychiatrists per 100,000 people in metropolitan areas and 9.1 licensed psychologists & 3.4 psychiatrists in rural counties. By allowing the licensed psychologists to have a monopoly on care or even supervision of care, there is no way they will be able to supervise enough professionals or personally treat the amount of people who desperately need mental health services.

Unlike the letters that you have been receiving stating that the Registered Psychotherapists and counselors have limited training, it is quite untrue. Most of the professionals the Licensed Psychotherapists want to criminalize have advanced degrees in theology, psychotherapy, social work and etc. For 30 years, Colorado has had an unlicensed psychotherapy registration in Colorado that has worked well to help with our mental health crisis in America. The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) has even stated they are not wanting to close the registration down for professionals in the state of Colorado. The amount of complaints that DORA receives are equivalent between licensed and unlicensed psychotherapists and there is not a disproportionate amount of complaints against unlicensed professionals. The issue? There is none.
The real reason for this amendment? The licensed psychotherapists are trying to create a monopoly for themselves which will drive up the costs of care and create both increased financial gain and a higher status for themselves by criminalizing all others. The elimination of the Registered Psychotherapists will put even more Americans at risk if they do not receive the much needed help they need for emotional issues. Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. We need all highly educated professionals helping each other at this time, not just licensed psychotherapists.

It is my understanding that four people who serve on the House Public Health and Human Services Committee are Licensed Professionals. Two of which are licensed mental health professionals. Due to a potential bias and conflict of interest on the part of these licensed professionals, I request that the licensed professionals recuse themselves from the formal vote in committee.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME HERE
House Committee Members Emails: Cut & Paste:

jonathan.singer.house@state.co.us, dafna.michaelson.jenet.house@state.co.us, yadira.caraveo.house@state.co.us, lisa.cutter.house@state.co.us, serena.gonzales-gutierrez.house@state.co.us, richard.holtorf.house@state.co.us, sonya.jaquez.lewis.house@state.co.us, lois.landgraf.house@state.co.us, colin.larson.house@state.co.us, larry.liston.house@state.co.us, kyle.mullica.house@state.co.us, rod.pelton.house@state.co.us, mary.young.house@state.co.us


Call To Action: This requires attention ASAP–Only ONE DAY left to take action!

From Medical Autonomy Colorado

Vaccine Exemptions in CO are disappearing!

It’s all hands on deck! SB-163 is being rushed to hearing this Wednesday. They want us unprepared and weak. We MUST act today, tomorrow, and Wednesday if there is any hope.

Things to do today (most take seconds to do, but will have a great impact):

Sign our petition opposing this bill and SHARE IT EVERYWHERE.

Sign the Petition: https://medicalautonomy.co/sb20-163-senate-petition/

CALL the likely proponents of this bill while they are out of the office and leave a simple voicemail that you strongly oppose SB-163.
Rhonda Fields 1-303-866-4879
Joann Ginal 1-303-866-4841
Faith Winter 1-303-866-4863

Things to do today and tomorrow:

Use our toolkits to quickly email the senators. These are updated frequently so keep checking back to send more emails. We want to flood their boxes FAST.

Use the Toolkits: https://medicalautonomy.co/2020-bills/oppose-sb20-163/

Finally, prepare a 2 minute testimony about why you oppose THIS bill in particular and make arrangements to be at the Capitol as early as possible on Wednesday.
Let your voice be heard!
See you at the Capitol.

P.S. SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY! The petition can be signed by anyone, even those out of state.


OPPOSE AMENDMENT TO SB20-163 TRACKING SYSTEM AGAINST HIPPAA & CIVIL LIBERTIES

Another call to action on illegal tracking system regarding vaccinations.

CALL TO ACTION:

Please forward to professionals, friends, family & consumers,

INSTRUCTIONS:
It only takes 3 minutes to make a difference to save everyone’s rights – please read entire email
Write your legislators
Cut and paste the letter to your legislators written in black font (included – see below)
Cut and paste your legislators emails (included – see below)
Hit send
IMPORTANT: DO NOT CUT & PASTE ANYTHING THAT IS IN GREEN FONT!
Answer every call to action – apathy loses our rights & it only takes 3 minutes of your time
Forward to Friends and Family and ask them to do the same
Be Willing To Fight For All Rights and Not Just Your One Issue!

HISTORY & OVERVIEW ~ HISTORICAL PROBLEM:

Colorado has a medical exemption and religious exemption protocol for all schools in the state of Colorado at this time. SB163 allows CDHPE to create a tracking system which identifies those parents that take exemptions for religious and medical reasons. Religious & Medical Exemptions are a persons right in the state of Colorado. The state tracking system would actually be in violation of HIPPAA towards parents and children as the schools which would be required to track families that refuse for religious or medical exemptions are not actually health organizations themselves.

You can see the following information regarding HIPPAA breaches below in the tracking system on several items.
Please share far and wide with everyone you know in order to protect our constitutional rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

YOUR EMAIL:

RE: OPPOSE AMENDMENT TO SB20-163 TRACKING SYSTEM AGAINST HIPPAA & CIVIL LIBERTIES

Dear Honorable Legislator:

This is my formal letter stating that I oppose SB20-163.

The tracking system in SB20-163 violates HPPAA regulations as a school is not considered a medical health plan, health care clearinghouses, or a health care provider. A school system is not considered a medical organization even though they have emergency medical staff under employment to take care of emergencies for students who become injured during school hours.

Congress incorporated into HIPAA provisions that mandated the adoption of Federal privacy protections for individually identifiable health information so health information could not be used against a patient of any age.

Under HIPPAA the following is Protected Health Information. The Privacy Rule protects all “individually identifiable health information” held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral. The Privacy Rule calls this information “protected health information (PHI).”12

“Individually identifiable health information” is information, including demographic data, that relates to:

the individual’s past, present or future physical or mental health or condition,
the provision of health care to the individual, or
the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care to the individual,
and that identifies the individual or for which there is a reasonable basis to believe it can be used to identify the individual.13 Individually identifiable health information includes many common identifiers (e.g., name, address, birth date, Social Security Number).

SB20-163 clearly violates HIPPA by forcing parents to submit to a tracking system based on the “individual
s past health care and the provision of health care to the individual” clauses in the HIPPAA Laws. This is part of the patient’s bill of rights.

If SB20-163 passes Senate Committee, you would be in direct violation of this federal law that protects all citizens of any age. Vote no on SB20-163.

Beyond HIPPAA, it is wrong to track citizens in a free society who are not criminals.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME HERE

Senate Committee Members Emails: Cut & Paste:
rhonda.fields.senate@state.co.us, faith.winter.senate@state.co.us, larry.crowder.senate@state.co.us, joannginal52@gmail.com, senatorsmallwood@gmail.com, kpriola@gmail.com