by Maureen Welch,
Volunteer Activist and Volunteer Lobbyist.
All content is my own, protected by the First Amendment.
Please consider the unintended consequences of this legislation.
Click here to read current bill language.
Yes, we want to get the abusers caught. Currently, Adult Protective Services (APS) can ask to see Children's Protective Services records (CPS) with a judge's order, when there is good cause.
My personal concern is the universal opening of personal data between two distinct programs.
I know many families with disabilities who have experienced many false allegations of abuse and neglect of their disabled loved one.
Anonymous reports are often from people who do not understand disability, especially living with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Other families have expressed their belief that an anonymous report to Child Protection Services was an act of retaliation, often for speaking out.
Many people upon reading the bill, have shared that they interpret this opening of the data sharing as a means of expanding investigation powers of county protective services, and with this bill, it opens investigations all the way back to birth. (see page 3 line 18, added JOINT)
The bill also creates protections for the reporting party, stating there must not be any identifying information about the person who makes the report to APS or CPS and even limits the disclosure of information, even with a court order.
The open access and expanded investigatory power has the potential to vilify families and data could be used to remove and place their loved ones, at-risk adults, into guardianships by strangers.
As to the opening access to court records, the language doesn't in practice offer much. Access is restricted to the ability for the at-risk person to request their own record, and only if the person is not deemed incompetent. If they are incompetent, only the guardian or guardian ad litem may request the records (which in some counties is also the APS worker, a dual role and conflict of interest).
What do you think? Can you see unintended consequences to sharing of information that could cause unnecessary trauma and mental anguish? Please express your thoughts to lawmakers ASAP.
HOW CAN YOU EXPRESS YOUR CONCERNS?
People can attend committee in person and speak on this bill on Friday Feb 1, arrive early 10am.
It is upon adjournment, (when they are done on the floor of House) @ House Public Health Care & Human Services Committee in House Committee Room 0107, on ground/basement level by the elevators. "Upon Adjournment" means when the House members come off the floor, it can be as early as 10 or much later. It is best to come early.
The committee agenda is here and HB19-1063 at time of this publication, was scheduled first on the agenda.
Prefer to email?
Subject Line: Bill HB19-1063 Data sharing CPS APS in PHCHS committee 2/1.
Include your reasons and contact information.
For copy and paste
Bill sponsors and committee members below
Or let your fingers do the walking, make a phone call and leave message:
House Bill lead sponsor Rep Kraft-Tharp 303-866-2950
The chair of the first committee is Rep. Singer 303-866-2780.
Other House Public Health Care & Human Services committee members are:
Rep. Cutter 303-866-2582
Rep. Landgraf 303-866-2946
Rep. Mullica 303-866-2931
Rep. Michaelson-Jenet 303-866-2945
Rep. Gonzales-Guttierez 303-866-2934
Rep. Larsen 303-866-2927
Rep. Pelton 303-866-3701
Rep. Caraveo 303-866-2918
Rep. Kipp 303-866-4569
Rep. Liston 303-866-2937
Tips and Details for testimony
Arrive early, parking and security take time.
Remember that you only have 3 minutes generally.
Fewer words, spoken slowly with some cadence to your voice are most effective. Stick to your points.
You can always type up and print out copies to distribute (5 for senate committees, 11 for house committees, if it is a joint committee, check online how many to bring).
It is not uncommon to have committee members on computers or phones, the more compelling your story to grasp attention, the better.
Members often step out of the room, to talk to someone or present their own bill to another committee.
Clearer, simpler words with cadence when read are helpful.
The goal is to take a position of support or opposition and be memorable to the committee members.
Parking: I usually can find a meter on Lincoln, between 12th and 14th Ave, up to 2 hrs.
Security There are metal detectors as you enter.
Disability Access to capitol is best on south side 14th Ave between Lincoln and Grant Streets, it is an accessible entrance.
Meter Parking for People with Disabilities (from Denver City Co Website)
A person with a mobility disability using a valid disability placard or plate issued to them may park at Denver City meters for the time period authorized by the parking meter or for four (4) consecutive hours, whichever is greater, without paying during the time parking is allowed. At the end of the authorized time period, the vehicle must be moved at least 100 feet from the parking metered space.
Build Your Testimony Worksheet
(copy and paste into word doc)
Oppose HB19-1063 Data sharing between CPs and APS
1. ”Mr. or Madam Chair, members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify to you today.
2. My name is __________________ I live in ___________(city or county) and I oppose this bill.
3. About me and family, connect to the bill (Short-one or two sentences)
4. I am here today to oppose this bill.
5. I oppose this bill because of these 3 points (only one sentence each )
4. Thank you Madame/Mr. Chair and Committee members for allowing my testimony today.
5. In conclusion, I urge you to vote no on this bill.
I am happy to answer any questions the committee may have.