On Thursday, September 8, 2011, Governor John Hickenlooper announced that the Colorado Department of Human Services is poised to recommend the repeal of nearly 850 rules that are unnecessary or outdated and the revision of another 2,000 rules.
“Our commitment to cutting red tape and finding appropriate levels of regulation is no secret,” Hickenlooper said. “These proposed changes will help streamline operations in the Department of Human Services. Other state agencies are going through similar reviews of their rules as we work together to make state government more effective and efficient.”
The recommendations follow a comprehensive review of more than 4,300 rules by 63 Human Services employees over the past several months. The effort was the most extensive rule review ever undertaken by the Department of Human Services, which regulates child care centers, foster homes, child protection services, mental health programs, services for individuals with disabilities, and senior services.
Human Services employees received special training to review agency rules for clarity, necessity, and conciseness and were directed to recommend for repeal or revision those rules found to be duplicative, inconsistent, or burdensome. The same scrutiny will be applied to proposed rules for child care centers that are currently working through a public input process.
The department will recommend to the State Human Services Board the repeal of 841 rules and the revision of an additional 2,116.
Some of the rule changes being considered are:
- Six rules concerning the operation of the County Veterans Service Officer Program, which will be repealed as this program was moved by statute to the Department of Veterans and Military Affairs in 2002.
- A rule concerning drug precursors, which will be repealed because its statutory foundation was repealed in 1992.
- Rules for the Colorado Refugee Services Program, which will be revised to more accurately state the categories of individuals eligible for refugee services and the section of federal law that creates the eligibility.
All of the recommendations must now be presented to the State Board of Human Services for approval. The Board’s next meeting is Friday, September 9.
Click here to read the full release from the Governor’s Office regarding the rules.