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The Colorado State Board of Registered Psychotherapists regulates psychotherapists in the state. Board activities include review of licensure applications, complaints and enforcement of disciplinary actions against those found to have violated the Mental Health Practice Act or board rule. The Board is made up of seven members, three public and four professional, who meet six times per year.
The Colorado Mental Health Boards have been authorized to contract with Peer Assistance Services, Inc. for the Mental Health Professional Peer Health Assistance Program. This program is available to all licensed/certified/registered Colorado mental health professionals who have physical, emotional, or psychological conditions. Program services include practice and treatment monitoring, identification and evaluation of conditions, counseling and support for treatment, and prevention education. These program services are funded for Colorado mental health professionals through a portion of licensing fees. Visit their website at Peer Assistance Services.
Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.
Bills that passed are HB 13-1104 and SB 13-111. HB 13-1104 removes the requirement to verbally provide mandatory disclosure information to the client. For complete language in the bill, please visit the Colorado General Assembly page by clicking here.
SB 13-111 requires mandatory reporting of the abuse or exploitation of at-risk elders. For the complete language in the bill click here. Each year an estimated 2.1 million elderly adults are victims of abuse or neglect. And, for every reported case, as many as five cases go unreported. Physical and sexual assault, financial and other forms of exploitation and caretaker neglect are just some of the mistreatments faced by elderly individuals. The cornerstone of preventing elder abuse is awareness and education. A new law will go into effect on July 1, 2014 that will require certain professional groups to report abuse, neglect, and exploitation of at-risk elders to law enforcement. The new law also allows for legal penalties for non-reporting by mandated reporters. The Colorado Department of Human Services, Adult Protective Services (Colorado APS) is offering online training. To access the training, click here. You can also access the training at www.coloradoaging.com
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