HB 2324 Voluntary Certification for Health Workers is moving steadily through the Senate. After passing the House, the bill was assigned to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee as well as the Senate Commerce and Public Safety Committee.
HB 2324 was heard and given a “Do Pass” recommendation from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on March 7, 2018. Several CHW Workforce Coalition members attended the committee hearing and testified in favor of the bill, including AzCHOW President Floribella Redondo, AzCHOW Board Member Lorena Verdugo, the Arizona Public Health Association Director Will Humble, Mariposa Community Health Center Director of Health and Wellness Susan Kunz, Magalene Begay from the Navajo Nation and Tara Plesh from the Arizona Association of Community Health Workers.
The bill included an amendment by Senator Nancy Barto, chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee, that would allow the Director of ADHS to establish the CHW scope of practice and core competencies. The amended bill passed with a vote of 5 “yes” to 2 “no”.
HB 2324 then passed on to the Senate Commerce and Public Safety Committee and was heard on March 12. the Commerce and Public Safety Committee gave a “Do Pass” recommendation with a vote of 7 “yes” and 1 “not voting.”
HB 2324 will now move to the Floor of the Senate for voting.