Last night, the Colorado Board of Health passed a rule change that mandates caregivers take a more involved role in their patients' lives, reports the Denver Post. The rule will take effect next month; of course, what it entails is basically open for interpretation.
"They're proposing that caregivers have to regularly assist with daily life activities of their patients, of all five, regardless of whether the patient wants it or not. It just says 'regularly'; that's the only clarity that these caregivers are gonna get," says Sensible Colorado outreach director Josh Kappel, with whom we spoke last week. "The risk is that all this is gonna be figured out in the criminal context."
Here's the Post:
But Board of Health members said they do not think the regulations present the doomsday scenario that advocates worry they do.
"There's a lot of things caregivers are already doing that would meet this definition," the board's president, Laura Davis, said at Wednesday's hearing.
The rules will not affect dispensaries, which serve large numbers of patients and are regulated by separate laws. There are about 800 dispensaries in the state.
Caregivers are required by the state constitution to have a "significant responsibility for managing the well-being of the patient."