Sunset Review of Psychiatric Technician Licensing

As required by the state, this year will trigger an automatic sunset review of the Psychiatric Technician licensing.

A sunset review is a regularly scheduled review into the regulations that govern a license and whether the regulation of such license needs to continue. This means an analyst will review information to determine whether the State Board of Nursing should continue regulating the Licensed Psychiatric Technician (LPT) program. 

Colorado WINS member believe it is crucial that LPT licenses continue to be issued, regulated, and reviewed by the State Board of Nursing, because it protects the welfare of our vulnerable population, keeps standards high for LPTs, and ensures program efficacy statewide. 

Psychiatric technicians are caregivers for mentally ill or developmentally disabled individuals who are institutionalized and are at great risk of inadequate care due to the often extreme nature of their illnesses. These patients require specialized care not necessarily available in a traditional medical setting.

LPTs work at many CDHS facilities, including the Mental Health Institutes at Pueblo and Ft. Logan, Regional Centers in Pueblo, Grand Junction, and Wheat Ridge, as well as in other state-run centers and institutes. Psychiatric Technicians fill an ongoing critical void in the health care delivery system. LPTs are uniquely equipped, through their education and license, to help the vulnerable populations they serve on their recovery journey.

The impact of not employing Licensed Psychiatric Technicians at CDHS facilities would be a substantial loss. The workload of the Registered Nurses would increase dramatically, safety and security would be greatly impacted, and patient care would suffer.

We believe the licensing of LPTs should continue to be done by the State Board of Nursing, and not be relocated under the jurisdiction of the Colorado Dept. of Human Services.

By regulating and licensing the Psychiatric Technician Licenses, the State Board of Nursing ensures the quality of patient care is optimal and remains at a high standard. Not regulating and not licensing the Psychiatric Technicians could jeopardize the health and welfare of this vulnerable population and significantly lowers the level of consumer protection.

The State Board of Nursing provides oversight of the accreditation of the educational program, examination process, and keeps licensing and regulation separate from CDHS. This is necessary to provide transparency, keep standards high, and avoid any conflicts within the department where LPTs work. 

If you would like to submit a comment about the Sunset Review of the LPT program, please click here, fill out the required information and select “Psychiatric Technicians, Regulation of – 2018” from the drop-down menu. 

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3 Responses to “Sunset Review of Psychiatric Technician Licensing”

  1. Sierra Mulkey says:

    I believe the lpt licensing is very important to our clients. I believe the extra education is crucial to doing our best in assisting all the people we care for.

  2. Roy Tello Jr says:

    LPT are vital with a nursing short going on. From the aspect of licensures when you need an RN and a License on each unit in certain facilities, the RN can Be charge and the LPT can do meds or treatments. In Certain Faclilities LPTs are the eyes and ears in the milieu, and when you have an LPT in the milieu they are in charge of the milieu they effect the health of the milieu. A good LPT can defuse a lot of situations before they become a problem. They are capable of makeing split decisions that can keep the milieu safe for not only the patients but the staff as well. LPTs have the ability to access a situation because of their training which is along the lines of nursing and are capable due to that training. An LPT gets significantly more training in psych then an RN will get, an LPT is a specialist in psych where an RN only touches on the subject in school. LPTs Devote a whole semester on psych and even do their clinical in a psychiatric facility. LPTs continue to be an asset to any facility that has the privilege to employ them, not only for there expertise but their license as well. Please continue to license the Board of Nursing they are an important part of Nursing.
    Thank you,
    Roy Tello Jr
    Licensed Psych Tech/ supervisor
    CMHIP

  3. Benita Lotrich RN says:

    Our psychiatric technicians are an invaluable member of the work team. As an RN, I rely heavily on my psych techs and the jobs they perform: medication administration, milieu management, treatments, group facilitation, weekly 1:1 notes, pt. safety/wellness checks, and so much more. Having our psychiatric technicians, functioning independently under their own license, taking care of day to day duties on the units, frees up RN’s to manage patient care. With an increase in the number of mentally ill in our communities, and an increase in acuity and care that is required for stabilization, it makes more sense to increase our diversified resources of care rather than limit them. Having psych techs also saves budgetary dollars; eliminating them would necessitate that more RN’s be hired to cover those duties, (not to mention the RN shortages and general mental health worker shortages that are already plaguing our state).


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