A Win for Supporting Student Mental Health

Legislation | 10/29/2021

Krista Spurgin
Executive Director

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve heard that student mental health is a top priority for parents, families, and educators in Colorado.

The Colorado legislature passed HB21-1258 Rapid Mental Health Response For Colorado Youth during the 2021 legislative session. This bill creates a temporary rapid response program to increase access to mental health care for youth, including age-appropriate screenings and three FREE mental health counseling sessions with a licensed provider.

We are pleased to share that the program has been launched! Colorado students can now take a survey to identify their needs and be connected to a provider for up to three counseling sessions.

The program is currently set to expire in June, but the state hopes to serve up to 10,000 children and the original bill sponsor is hoping to make the program permanent.

Don’t miss Chalkbeat’s reporting on national efforts to address pandemic-fueled rise in mental health needs.

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