Proposal would finance free mental health services for children in Colorado

Proposal would finance free mental health services for children in Colorado

Lawmakers will hold a hearing on the bill next Tuesday. “Legislation like this is not necessarily going to be the radical transformation needed for structural reform,” Miller said. “However, it does move in the right direction by acknowledging that mental health is a major issue, focusing on our kids, and allowing the state to step up and provide a leadership role to get more kids engaged in care.” Close Modal

“We need to normalize mental health early on in a child’s life so they understand how foundational it is for their health,” Miller said. Rep. Michaelson Jenet said she hopes kids will continue using other services after they use the sessions that the state provides. Dr. Ben Miller, the Chief Strategy Officer at Well Being Trust says resources like this can help kids now and in the future.

Miller also believes the proposal could lead to more advancements in mental health care across Colorado as the state continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. If it’s approved by other lawmakers – the bill would end up costing around $9 million. All of the money would come from some of the stimulus funds that the state is using to recover from the pandemic.

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