HB15-1097

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HB15-1097 - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Commn & Screening

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, And, In Connection Therewith, Recreating The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Commission As A Commission Under The Department Of Human Services, Continuing The Commission, And Authorizing The Preliminary Screening Of Juveniles In The Juvenile Justice System And Children In The Dependency And Neglect System For Possible Exposure To Fetal Alcohol.

The bill extends the automatic repeal date for the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) commission until June 30, 2020. The FASD commission was originally created in the executive branch as a temporary commission. The bill dissolves the temporary commission and recreates the commission as a type 2 agency in the department of human services (department) and allocates it to the unit that administers behavioral health programs and services. The executive director of the department may appoint members to the FASD commission who have previously served on the FASD commission.

The FASD commission is directed to expand the distribution and promotion of health warning signs and other materials about the harms caused to fetuses from pregnant women drinking alcohol.

As recommended by the FASD commission in its 2013 and 2014 annual reports, the bill amends the "Colorado Children's Code" to add to the presentence investigation of a juvenile in the juvenile justice system some preliminary screening about whether the mother of the juvenile drank during the pregnancy and whether the juvenile should be evaluated for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

As recommended by the FASD commission in its 2014 annual report, the bill amends the "Colorado Children's Code" to add to the screening and assessments of a child in the dependency and neglect system consideration of whether the child was prenatally exposed to alcohol.

Latest update: April 20, 2015
04/20/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
04/09/2015 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
03/27/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services + State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
03/25/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/24/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
03/18/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
03/13/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
02/03/2015 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
01/14/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services