The Colorado Counseling Association is currently organizing a Mental Health Sunset Committee in preparation for the 2020 Colorado Legislative Session and the 2020 Mental Health Sunset. Furthermore, the CCA is partnering with various mental health professional associations to collectively advocate for the mental health profession during the Mental Health Sunset. Across Colorado, mental health professional associations are joining together as a Mental Health Sunset Coalition. Your membership empowers the CCA to advocate for professional counselors legislatively at State and Federal levels.
The CCA's legislative advocacy utilizes collaboration with other mental health professional associations, lobbyists, and VoterVoice in support of professional counselors in Colorado.
All legislative efforts are led by the CCA Executive Director, Dr. Ryan Burkhart. It is important that all legislative efforts are coordinated and collaborative. Please contact CCA if any legislative needs or questions arise.
Current Advocacy Efforts
2020 Mental Health Sunset
The Colorado Mental Health Sunset occurs once every 10 years. DORA defines the mental health sunset as "a periodic assessment of state boards, programs, and functions to determine whether they should be continued by the legislature. Sunset reviews focus on creating the least restrictive form of regulation consistent with protecting the public. In formulating recommendations, sunset reviews consider the public's right to consistent, high quality professional or occupational services and the ability of businesses to exist and thrive in a competitive market, free from unnecessary regulation."
Since late 2018, the CCA has been spearheading the effort to advocate for professional counselors in this legislative process. These efforts include:
- Ensuring a high level of quality supervision for LPCCs and LPCs
- Better defining LPCCs and the candidacy pathway
- Placing term limits on Letters of Admonition from DORA
- Minimal qualifications when servicing vulnerable populations
- Repealing limits placed upon tele-supervision
- Clarifying direct and indirect post-degree clinical hours in the pathway to licensure
Medicaid Reimbursement Cuts
In the fall of 2019, CCHA announced intentions to cut Medicaid Reimbursement for professional counselors by 20% in Regions 6 and 7. The CCA is leading statewide efforts to not only support professional counselors, but ultimately the clients we serve through mental health services support at a state government level.
The CCA has a webpage dedicated to these efforts.