HB18-1065 - DHS Department of Human Services Employee Discipline Harm To Vulnerable Persons

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning discipline of a department of human services employee when the employee is found to have mistreated a vulnerable person.

The Colorado department of human services (department) operates numerous facilities in the state that provide direct care to vulnerable people, including veterans and their families, youth in rehabilitation programs, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and people with mental health diagnoses. Current law specifies when an employee of the department (employee) will be suspended or dismissed after being charged with specified criminal offenses. However, the department has encountered difficulty in suspending, dismissing, or otherwise disciplining employees through the administrative process when the employee was involved in an egregious incident of mistreatment of a vulnerable person but was not convicted of a criminal offense. The bill specifies that:


  • In considering a disciplinary action against an employee for engaging in mistreatment, abuse, neglect, or exploitation, against a vulnerable person, the appointing authority shall give weight to the safety of vulnerable persons over the interests of any other person.
  • If the appointing authority finds that the employee has engaged in mistreatment, abuse, neglect, or exploitation against a vulnerable person, the appointing authority may take such disciplinary action as the appointing authority deems appropriate, up to and including termination, taking into consideration the harm or risk of harm to vulnerable persons created by the employee's actions.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


House Committees

Senate Committees

Latest update: April 23, 2018
04/23/2018 - Governor Signed
04/17/2018 - Sent to the Governor
04/16/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate
04/16/2018 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/05/2018 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/04/2018 - Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
04/02/2018 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/26/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
03/26/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/23/2018 - House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/22/2018 - House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/23/2018 - No Amendments
03/21/2018 - House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/22/2018 - No Amendments
03/20/2018 - House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/21/2018 - No Amendments
03/15/2018 - House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
02/08/2018 - House Committee on Judiciary Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
01/10/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary