Under current law, the department of public health and environment (CDHPE) oversees the administration of medications in prisons, jails, mental health facilities, and other state facilities. Section 1 of the bill specifies that "facility" also includes all services in support of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities that are funded through and regulated by the department of health care policy and financing (changed from the department of human services).
Current law requires an unlicensed person who is a qualified manager to successfully complete a test pertaining to the administration of medication every 4 years. Section 1 of the bill eliminates the 4-year testing cycle and substitutes a requirement to successfully complete a competency evaluation.
Sections 2 and 3 of the bill requires the department of human services, the department of health care policy and financing, and the department of corrections to develop and conduct a medication administration program. The bill permits CDPHE to establish the minimum requirements for course content, including competency evaluations, for medication administration and to determine compliance with the requirements for facilities.
Section 4 of the bill prohibits an unlicensed person from filling and labeling medication reminder boxes until the person has successfully completed a competency evaluation from an approved training entity or approved by an authorized agency.