Amendments for HB20-1053

House Journal, June 8
18 HB20-1053 be amended as follows, and as so amended, be referred to
19 the Committee of the Whole with favorable
20 recommendation:
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22 Strike the Education Committee Report, dated February 4, 2020, and
23 substitute the following:
24
25 "Amend printed bill, strike everything below the enacting clause and
26 substitute:
27 "SECTION 1. In Colorado Revised Statutes, 26-6-106, add (7)
28 as follows:
29 26-6-106. Standards for facilities and agencies - rules. (7) THE
30 STATE BOARD SHALL PROMULGATE RULES CONCERNING STANDARDS FOR
31 LICENSING EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS THAT FACILITATE THE
32 RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF COLORADO'S EARLY CHILDHOOD
33 EDUCATOR WORKFORCE AS DESCRIBED IN SECTION 26-6-122.
34 SECTION 2. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add 26-6-122 as
35 follows:
36 26-6-122. Pathways to the classroom and retention strategies
37 for early childhood educators - standards - alignment across agencies
38 - report - rules. (1) THE STATE BOARD SHALL PROMULGATE RULES
39 ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR LICENSING THAT ALLOW AN EARLY CARE
40 AND EDUCATION PROGRAM TO BE LICENSED FOR A PERIOD OF TIME
41 DETERMINED BY THE STATE BOARD IF A STATE-BOARD-APPROVED NUMBER
42 OF ASPIRING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS IN THE PROGRAM ARE
43 PURSUING A STATE-AGENCY-APPROVED EARLY CHILDHOOD CREDENTIAL
44 AND OTHER QUALITY, SAFETY, AND SUPERVISION CONDITIONS ARE MET.
45 (2) THE STATE BOARD SHALL PROMULGATE RULES THAT ALLOW AN
46 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR TO EARN POINTS TOWARD AN EARLY
47 CHILDHOOD CREDENTIAL THAT MEETS CHILD CARE LICENSING STANDARDS
48 BASED ON THE CANDIDATE'S PRIOR EXPERIENCE AND DEMONSTRATED
49 COMPETENCY. THE LICENSING PATHWAY MUST ALSO INCLUDE WAYS IN
50 WHICH A CANDIDATE IN A SECOND CAREER OR CHANGING CAREERS CAN
51 EARN POINTS OR CREDITS FOR PRIOR EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES
52 THAT APPLY TOWARD THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR AN EARLY CHILDHOOD
53 EDUCATOR CREDENTIAL. THE STANDARDS AND CREDENTIAL AWARDING
54 PROCESS MAY USE VALIDATED TOOLS TO AWARD POINTS FOR
55 DEMONSTRATED COMPETENCIES.
56 (3) THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
1 SHALL ALIGN, TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE, THE STATE'S EARLY CHILDHOOD
2 PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIAL, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION EDUCATOR
3 LICENSING, AND CHILD CARE PROGRAM LICENSING IN ORDER TO MAKE THE
4 REQUIREMENTS AS CONSISTENT AND CLEAR AS POSSIBLE TO EDUCATORS
5 AND PROVIDERS. THE ALIGNMENT PROCESS MUST INCLUDE EXAMINING
6 STRATEGIES THAT SUPPORT RECIPROCITY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD
7 EDUCATOR CREDENTIALS OR QUALIFICATIONS EARNED OUTSIDE OF
8 COLORADO.
9 (4) THE STATE DEPARTMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
10 SHALL STREAMLINE ALL PAPERWORK THAT LICENSED EARLY CARE AND
11 EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS MUST
12 COMPLETE TO MEET CHILD CARE LICENSING AND EARLY CHILDHOOD
13 EDUCATOR CREDENTIALING COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS. THE STATE
14 AGENCIES SHALL IDENTIFY WAYS TO SHARE INFORMATION AND REPORTS
15 ACROSS THE AGENCIES IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND
16 PAPERWORK BURDEN ON EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND
17 EDUCATORS. THE STREAMLINING PROCESS MUST INCLUDE A SYSTEMS SCAN
18 OF PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES, IDENTIFICATION OF OVERLAPPING
19 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, AND WAYS TO REDUCE THE ADMINISTRATIVE
20 AND PAPERWORK BURDEN ON PROGRAMS AND educators.
21 (5) NOTWITHSTANDING SECTION 24-1-136 (11)(a)(I), NO LATER
22 THAN JANUARY 31, 2022, AND NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31 EACH YEAR
23 THEREAFTER, THE STATE DEPARTMENT SHALL PREPARE A WRITTEN REPORT
24 CONCERNING COLORADO'S CURRENT SUPPLY OF QUALIFIED EARLY
25 CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS.
26 (6) THE STATE DEPARTMENT, THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER
27 EDUCATION, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHALL DEVELOP
28 RESOURCES TO SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO INCREASE CONCURRENT
29 ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OR OTHER
30 NONTRADITIONAL STUDENTS TO EARN HIGHER EDUCATION CREDITS AND
31 DEGREES THAT ALLOW THEM TO SERVE AS EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS
32 AND SHALL SUPPORT CAREER PATHWAYS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
33 EARNING COLLEGE CREDITS TOWARD BECOMING EARLY CHILDHOOD
34 EDUCATORS, INCLUDING CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT, CAREER AND
35 TECHNICAL EDUCATION, THE ASCENT PROGRAM, AND OTHER CAREER
36 PATHWAYS.
37 SECTION 3. In Colorado Revised Statutes, 26-6.5-106, amend
38 (6)(b) and (8)(a); and add (4.5) as follows:
39 26-6.5-106. School-readiness quality improvement program -
40 created - Colorado shines quality rating and improvement system -
41 rules. (4.5) State assistance (a) THE STATE DEPARTMENT MAY PROVIDE
42 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND FINANCIAL INCENTIVES TO:
43 (I) PROGRAMS THAT ARE RATED IN THE COLORADO SHINES SYSTEM
44 AT A LEVEL ONE OR TWO TO SUPPORT THE PROGRAMS IN ADVANCING TO A
45 LEVEL THREE OR HIGHER QUALITY LEVEL; AND
46 (II) PROGRAMS THAT ARE RATED IN THE COLORADO SHINES
47 SYSTEM AT A LEVEL THREE, FOUR, OR FIVE TO SUPPORT THE PROGRAMS IN
48 MAINTAINING A HIGH-QUALITY LEVEL OR ADVANCING TO A HIGHER
49 QUALITY LEVEL.
50 (b) THE EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCIL MAY SUPPORT THE STATE
51 DEPARTMENT WITH THE ASSISTANCE DESCRIBED IN SUBSECTION (4.5)(a)
52 OF THIS SECTION BY PROVIDING LOCAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND
53 ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES.
54 (6) School-readiness plans. Each early childhood council seeking
55 to apply for school-readiness quality improvement funding pursuant to
56 this section shall prepare and submit to the state department a three-year
1 school-readiness plan that outlines strategies to improve the school
2 readiness of children. The school-readiness plan, at a minimum, must
3 include:
4 (b) A plan that describes how the early childhood council will
5 target and recruit programs that are rated in the Colorado shines system
6 at a level two ONE or higher. or that are licensed programs with a
7 demonstrated hardship that are actively working toward achieving a
8 Colorado shines system level two rating. The early childhood council
9 must target and recruit programs to increase the access and availability of
10 quality child care for children participating in the Colorado child care
11 assistance program, created in part 8 of article 2 of this title 26. IF THE
12 EARLY CHILDHOOD COUNCIL RECEIVED SCHOOL-READINESS QUALITY
13 IMPROVEMENT FUNDING PRIOR TO THE 2020-21 FISCAL YEAR, THE EARLY
14 CHILDHOOD COUNCIL SHALL AMEND THE THREE-YEAR SCHOOL READINESS
15 PLAN TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION.
16 (8) Funding. (a) The school-readiness quality improvement
17 program shall be IS funded using federal child care development fund
18 money or other federal OR STATE money annually appropriated for the
19 program. The state department shall allocate the money to the eligible
20 early childhood councils for distribution to early childhood education
21 programs, as provided in this section.
22 SECTION 4. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add part 4 to article
23 6.5 of title 26 as follows:
4 24 PART
25 EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL
26 HEALTH CONSULTATION PROGRAM
27 26-6.5-401. Definitions. AS USED IN THIS PART 4, UNLESS THE
28 CONTEXT OTHERWISE REQUIRES:
29 (1) "DEPARTMENT" MEANS THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN
30 SERVICES.
31 (2) "MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANT" MEANS AN EARLY CHILDHOOD
32 MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANT WHO IS FUNDED BY APPROPRIATIONS
33 ALLOCATED OR AWARDED TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE PROGRAM AND
34 WHO MEETS THE QUALIFICATIONS OUTLINED IN THE PROGRAM DESIGNED
35 AND DEVELOPED PURSUANT TO THIS PART 4.
36 (3) "PROGRAM" MEANS THE STATEWIDE VOLUNTARY PROGRAM OF
37 EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTATION DESIGNED,
38 IMPLEMENTED, AND OPERATED BY THE DEPARTMENT PURSUANT TO THIS
39 PART 4.
40 26-6.5-402. Early childhood mental health consultation -
41 statewide program - creation - purpose - rules. (1) (a) ON OR BEFORE
42 JULY 1, 2022, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DESIGN, IMPLEMENT, AND OPERATE
43 THE STATEWIDE VOLUNTARY PROGRAM OF EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL
44 HEALTH CONSULTATION TO EXPAND AND ENHANCE CURRENT PRACTICES
45 ACROSS THE STATE. THE DEPARTMENT, THROUGH THE PROGRAM, SHALL
46 SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH IN A VARIETY OF SETTINGS, INCLUDING BUT NOT
47 LIMITED TO EARLY CHILD CARE AND LEARNING, ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS,
48 HOME VISITATION, CHILD WELFARE, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND HEALTH CARE,
49 INCLUDING SETTINGS PROVIDING PRENATAL AND POSTPARTUM CARE.
50 (b) IN DESIGNING AND DEVELOPING THE PROGRAM, THE
51 DEPARTMENT SHALL WORK IN CONSULTATION WITH THE NATIONAL CENTER
52 OF EXCELLENCE FOR INFANT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH
53 CONSULTATION FUNDED BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
54 AND HUMAN SERVICES; NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ENTITIES THAT SUPPORT
55 IMPLEMENTATION OF SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS OR PROGRAMS THAT FOCUS
56 ON PROMOTING THE SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, AND BEHAVIORAL OUTCOMES OF
1 YOUNG CHILDREN; AND KEY STAKEHOLDERS IN THE STATE, INCLUDING
2 MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS WITH
3 EXPERTISE IN MENTAL HEALTH, ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTING PARENTS
4 OF CHILDREN WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL
5 HEALTH CONSULTATION, HOSPITALS AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
6 ORGANIZATIONS WITH EXPERTISE WORKING WITH CHILDREN FACING
7 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND OTHER CHALLENGES TO OPTIMAL GROWTH AND
8 DEVELOPMENT, EARLY CHILD CARE AND EDUCATION PROVIDERS, AND
9 CLINICIANS WITH EXPERTISE IN INFANT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL
10 HEALTH.
11 (c) THE DEPARTMENT SHALL COORDINATE WITH
12 COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO ENSURE THE EFFECTIVE
13 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAM AND MODEL OF CONSULTATION
14 ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION 26-6.5-403, AS WELL AS SUPPORT
15 THE AVAILABILITY OF RESOURCES ACROSS THE STATE TO SUPPORT THE
16 PROGRAM AND THE MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN THE PROGRAM IN
17 THEIR WORK.
18 (d) THE DEPARTMENT MAY PROMULGATE RULES FOR THE DESIGN,
19 IMPLEMENTATION, AND OPERATION OF THE PROGRAM.
20 (2) THE PURPOSE OF THE PROGRAM IS TO:
21 (a) INCREASE THE NUMBER OF QUALIFIED AND APPROPRIATELY
22 TRAINED MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE WHO
23 WILL CONSULT WITH PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH CHILDREN ACROSS A
24 DIVERSITY OF SETTINGS, AS WELL AS OTHER ADULTS, INCLUDING FAMILY
25 MEMBERS, WHO DIRECTLY INTERACT WITH AND CARE FOR CHILDREN;
26 (b) SUPPORT AND PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND TRAINING, THROUGH
27 VISITS WITH MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN THE PROGRAM, TO
28 FAMILIES, EXPECTING FAMILIES, CAREGIVERS, AND PROVIDERS ACROSS A
29 DIVERSITY OF SETTINGS IN ADDRESSING THE HEALTHY SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL
30 DEVELOPMENTAL NEEDS OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES DURING THE
31 PRENATAL PERIOD THROUGH EIGHT YEARS OF AGE;
32 (c) DEVELOP A DEFINED MODEL OF CONSULTATION THAT IS
33 ROOTED IN DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION FOR THE STATE PURSUANT
34 TO SECTION 26-6.5-403 THAT INCLUDES QUALIFICATIONS AND
35 COMPETENCIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS, JOB EXPECTATIONS,
36 EXPECTED OUTCOMES, AND GUIDANCE ON RATIOS BETWEEN MENTAL
37 HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN THE PROGRAM AND THE SETTINGS THEY
38 SUPPORT; AND
39 (d) DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN A STATEWIDE PROFESSIONAL
40 DEVELOPMENT PLAN PURSUANT TO SECTION 26-6.5-404 THAT ASSISTS THE
41 MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN MEETING THE EXPECTATIONS AND
42 DEVELOPING THE COMPETENCIES SET FORTH IN THE MODEL OF
43 CONSULTATION ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION 26-6.5-403;
44 (3) NOTHING IN THIS PART 4 CREATES OR EXPANDS THE
45 REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OVER MENTAL HEALTH
46 PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE NOT FUNDED BY APPROPRIATIONS MADE TO THE
47 DEPARTMENT FOR THE PROGRAM PURSUANT TO THIS PART 4.
48 26-6.5-403. Model of early childhood mental health
49 consultation - standards and guidelines - qualifications. (1) ON OR
50 BEFORE JULY 1, 2022, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DESIGN AND DEVELOP, IN
402 51 CONSULTATION WITH THE STAKEHOLDERS LISTED IN SECTION 26-6.5-
52 (1)(b), A MODEL OF CONSULTATION FOR THE PROGRAM THAT INCLUDES
53 QUALIFICATIONS FOR MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS, JOB EXPECTATIONS,
54 EXPECTED OUTCOMES, AND GUIDANCE ON RATIOS BETWEEN MENTAL
55 HEALTH CONSULTANTS AND THE SETTINGS THEY SUPPORT, REFERRED TO
56 IN THIS SECTION AS "THE MODEL". THE MODEL MUST INCLUDE STANDARDS
1 AND GUIDELINES TO ENSURE THE PROGRAM IS IMPLEMENTED EFFECTIVELY,
2 WITH PRIMARY CONSIDERATION GIVEN TO EVIDENCE-BASED SERVICES. THE
3 STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES MUST INCLUDE:
4 (a) CLEAR QUALIFICATIONS FOR MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS
5 IN THE PROGRAM, INCLUDING, AT A MINIMUM, EXPERTISE IN ADULT AND
6 CHILD MENTAL HEALTH THEORY, PRACTICE, AND SERVICES; EARLY
7 CHILDHOOD, CHILD DEVELOPMENT, AND FAMILY SYSTEMS; KNOWLEDGE
8 OF, AND SKILLS TO ADDRESS, CIRCUMSTANCES THAT AFFECT CHILDREN'S
9 BEHAVIOR AND MENTAL HEALTH; KNOWLEDGE OF DEVELOPMENTAL
10 SCIENCE AND MILESTONES; KNOWLEDGE OF A CONSULTATIVE MODEL OF
11 PRACTICE; AND AVAILABLE RESOURCES AND SERVICES TO CHILDREN AND
12 FAMILIES TO ALLEVIATE FAMILY STRESS;
13 (b) EXPECTATIONS FOR THE PLACEMENT OF REGIONAL
14 CONSULTANTS THAT WILL MOST EFFECTIVELY MEET LOCAL COMMUNITY
15 NEED FOR MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN THE PROGRAM. THE
16 DEPARTMENT SHALL PERIODICALLY CONDUCT AN OPEN AND COMPETITIVE
17 SELECTION PROCESS FOR THE PLACEMENT OF ANY PUBLICLY FUNDED
18 MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN THE PROGRAM.
19 (c) GUIDANCE CONCERNING THE SCOPE OF WORK THAT MENTAL
20 HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN THE PROGRAM MAY PROVIDE TO PROFESSIONALS
21 WORKING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, INCLUDING GUIDANCE
22 ON APPROPRIATE REFERRALS, TRAINING, COACHING, PREVENTION, AND
23 ANY OTHER APPROPRIATE SERVICES;
24 (d) METHODS TO INCREASE THE AVAILABILITY OF BILINGUAL OR
25 MULTILINGUAL MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN THE PROGRAM AND
26 OTHERWISE ENSURE THE CULTURAL COMPETENCY OF MENTAL HEALTH
27 CONSULTANTS IN THE PROGRAM AND ENSURE THAT THE CONSULTANT
28 POPULATION REFLECTS AN ARRAY OF CHARACTERISTICS AND
29 BACKGROUNDS AND IS REFLECTIVE OF THE DIVERSITY OF THE PROVIDERS,
30 CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES BEING SERVED;
31 (e) GUIDANCE ON THE DIVERSE SETTINGS IN WHICH AND TYPES OF
32 PROVIDERS WITH WHOM MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN THE PROGRAM
33 MAY WORK TO MEET THE VARIED NEEDS OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FROM
34 PRENATAL THROUGH EIGHT YEARS OF AGE. THE MODEL MUST INCLUDE
35 PROVISIONS THAT ENSURE THAT MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN THE
36 PROGRAM MAY WORK WITH A DIVERSITY OF PROFESSIONALS AND
37 CAREGIVERS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO EARLY CHILD CARE AND
38 EDUCATION TEACHERS AND PROVIDERS, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS
39 AND ADMINISTRATORS, HOME VISITORS, CHILD WELFARE CASEWORKERS,
40 PUBLIC HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, AND HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS,
41 INCLUDING SETTINGS PROVIDING PRENATAL AND POSTPARTUM CARE.
42 (f) ANTICIPATED OUTCOMES THAT THE PROGRAM AND MENTAL
43 HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN THE PROGRAM SHOULD ACHIEVE, INCLUDING:
44 (I) PROMOTING SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
45 OF CHILDREN;
46 (II) PROVIDING GUIDANCE TO PROFESSIONALS AND CAREGIVERS
47 TO EFFECTIVELY UNDERSTAND AND SUPPORT CHILDREN'S POSITIVE
48 BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT;
49 (III) UNDERSTANDING THE EFFECTS OF TRAUMA AND ADVERSITY,
50 INCLUDING OPPRESSION, PREJUDICE, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, AND
51 GENDER INEQUITY, ON THE DEVELOPING BRAIN TO ULTIMATELY REDUCE
52 CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS AND INCREASE POSITIVE EARLY EXPERIENCES;
53 (IV) PROMOTING HIGH QUALITY INTERACTIONS AND
54 RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN CHILDREN AND ADULTS;
55 (V) SUPPORTING THE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF
56 ADULTS WHO CARE FOR CHILDREN;
1 (VI) CONNECTING AND REFERRING CHILDREN, FAMILIES, AND
2 PROVIDERS TO PROGRAMS, RESOURCES, AND SUPPORTS THAT WILL ASSIST
3 THEM IN THEIR DEVELOPMENT AND SUCCESS WHILE ADDRESSING BARRIERS
4 TO ACCESSING SUCH RESOURCES AND SUPPORTS;
5 (VII) SUPPORTING EQUITABLE, INCLUSIVE OUTCOMES FOR THE
6 DIVERSE PROVIDERS, CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE;
7 AND
8 (g) GUIDANCE ON APPROPRIATE RATIOS OF MENTAL HEALTH
9 CONSULTANTS AND THE SETTINGS THEY SUPPORT, AS WELL AS CASELOAD
10 EXPECTATIONS.
11 26-6.5-404. Statewide professional development plan for early
12 childhood mental health consultants. (1) ON OR BEFORE JULY 1, 2022,
13 THE DEPARTMENT SHALL DEVELOP A STATEWIDE PROFESSIONAL
14 DEVELOPMENT PLAN TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN THE
15 PROGRAM IN MEETING THE EXPECTATIONS SET FORTH IN THE MODEL OF
16 CONSULTATION DESCRIBED IN SECTION 26-6.5-403, REFERRED TO IN THIS
17 SECTION AS "THE PLAN". IN DEVELOPING THE PLAN, THE DEPARTMENT
18 SHALL WORK COLLABORATIVELY, TO THE EXTENT PRACTICABLE, WITH THE
19 NATIONAL CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR INFANT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD
20 MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTATION FUNDED BY THE UNITED STATES
21 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. THE DEPARTMENT MAY
22 IMPLEMENT THE PLAN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NONPROFITS, INSTITUTIONS
23 OF HIGHER EDUCATION, AND CREDENTIALING PROGRAMS FOCUSED ON
24 INFANT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH.
25 (2) THE PLAN MUST INCLUDE, AT A MINIMUM, TRAINING RELATED
26 TO:
27 (a) TRAUMA AND TRAUMA-INFORMED PRACTICES AND
28 INTERVENTIONS;
29 (b) ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES;
30 (c) THE SCIENCE OF RESILIENCE AND INTERVENTIONS TO PROMOTE
31 RESILIENCE;
32 (d) CHILD DEVELOPMENT THROUGH EIGHT YEARS OF AGE;
33 (e) CAREGIVER SUBSTANCE USE AND EFFECTIVE FAMILY
34 INTERVENTIONS;
35 (f) IMPACT OF INEQUITY AND BIAS ON CHILDREN, FAMILIES,
36 CAREGIVERS, MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS, AND PROVIDERS, AND
37 STRATEGIES TO MITIGATE SUCH IMPACT;
38 (g) SENSORY PROCESSING ISSUES;
39 (h) THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS AND
40 DISABILITIES, INCLUDING CHILDREN BORN PREMATURELY OR WITH SPECIAL
41 HEALTH CARE NEEDS, AND SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW;
42 (i) COLORADO'S CHILD PROTECTION AND FOSTER CARE SYSTEM;
43 (j) OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, SPEECH THERAPY, PHYSICAL
44 THERAPY, AND MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY;
45 (k) OTHER PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SUPPORTS AND SERVICES;
46 (l) EARLY CHILDHOOD SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND
47 FAMILY SYSTEMS;
48 (m) EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH DIAGNOSIS AND
49 EFFECTIVE TREATMENT MODELS; AND
50 (n) CONSULTATION AS A MODEL OF ADULT LEARNING.
51 (3) THE PLAN MUST ALSO:
52 (a) ALLOW MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN THE PROGRAM TO
53 ACCESS REGIONALLY APPROPRIATE AND CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE
54 PROGRAMS TO BEST LINK THEM TO THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THEIR
55 COMMUNITIES AND THEIR UNIQUE NEEDS;
56 (b) INCLUDE STRATEGIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN
1 THE PROGRAM TO ESTABLISH INDIVIDUALIZED COACHING AS REQUESTED
2 BY TEACHERS, CAREGIVERS, AND FAMILIES; AND
3 (c) PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR REGULAR SUPPORT MEETINGS
4 BETWEEN MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS IN THE PROGRAM;
5 SUPERVISORS, INCLUDING REFLECTIVE SUPERVISORS; AND PEER MENTAL
6 HEALTH CONSULTANTS. THE SUPPORT MEETINGS MUST INCLUDE
7 REFLECTIONS ON THE PRACTICE IMPACT OF ATTITUDES AND VALUES.
8 26-6.5-405. Statewide qualifications and competencies for
9 early childhood mental health consultants. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL
10 ENSURE THAT EACH MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANT FUNDED THROUGH THE
11 PROGRAM MEETS THE QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES OUTLINED IN
12 THE PROGRAM AS DESIGNED AND DEVELOPED PURSUANT TO THIS PART 4.
13 SECTION 5. Safety clause. The general assembly hereby finds,
14 determines, and declares that this act is necessary for the immediate
15 preservation of the public peace, health, or safety.".".
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