The Political Action Committee (PAC) held its first event of the 2016 election season at Shine in Boulder on Monday, June 27, 2016. CPA’s PAC allows us to engage in strategic political giving during the 2016 election and ensure legislators with strong interest and support of the mental health community are elected to the state house.
(Jeannie Vanderburg, CPA Lobbyist)
Jeannie Vanderburg of The Capstone Group LLC provided highlights of the her work at the Capitol as CPA’s lobbyist. Most notably, CPA brought HB 1379 which made technical changes to the original continuing professional development statute so the program would be implemented as intended. CPA also worked hand in hand with the Colorado Psychiatric Society on HB 1054, (End of Life Options) which would have allowed any licensed mental health professional with a graduate degree to perform a capacity evaluation on an individual seeking to end their own life due to a terminal illness diagnosis. Thanks to our combined e efforts, the bill was successfully amened to limit those who can perform the evaluations to only Licensed Psychologists and Psychiatrists. Members can read more about CPA’s work in the 2016 Legislative session here.
The group was joined by Representative Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, House District 11 (Lyons, Allenspark, Hygience and most of Longmont). Rep Singer spoke eloquently about the importance of the work the Legislative Committee and CPA’s Lobbyist, Jeannie Venderburg. Rep. Singer also holds a Masters of Social Work. He spoke passionately about HB16-1399, a bill clarifies that a workers' compensation claim for mental impairment may not be denied based on the occupation of the worker as well as several other mental health bills.
(Representative Jonathan Singer)
CPA welcomes member input on legislative initiatives and positions and there were great discussions among the group before and after hearing what Ms. Vnaderburg and Rep. Singer had to say and the group was inspired to donate $900.00 to the CPA PAC.
Stay tuned for news of upcoming PAC events to be scheduled in late summer and early fall. To donate to the CPA PAC, please make your check out to CPA PAC and send it to CPA, P.O. Box 3406, Englewood, CO 80155.
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