Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) addressed the Biden administration in a letter on Monday, requesting updated federal guidance on Medicaid funding for school-based mental health services. Under the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, CMS is tasked with updating its guidance on Medicaid funding to children and family mental health services.      In the letter shared with … Read more

Last year, Colorado declared a youth mental health state of emergency after record numbers of kids and youth in mental health crises were reported across the pediatric health system. According to the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, 40% of public middle and high school respondents had experienced feelings of depression in 2021. The Children’s Hospital Colorado … Read more

Steven Haden is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Colorado-based Envision:You.  As a mental health and social justice advocate, Steven focuses on the disproportionate burden behavioral health concerns have on marginalized communities, especially those that identify as LGBTQ+. At Envision:You, Steven leads a team committed to addressing the mental health and well-being of individuals … Read more

This week, our team has been busy gearing up to host next Wednesday’s 2021 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Take a look at our finalized Detailed Agenda for a glimpse at some of the conversations we have teed up. With thirteen legislators, six HCPF representatives, and over forty other panelists slotted to speak, this is sure to be an … Read more

The stakeholder input being incorporated into Colorado’s in-development Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) is “massive” and “unprecedented,” according to Michelle Barnes, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Under HB 21-1097 — signed in April by Gov. Jared Polis — Barnes’ department is responsible for implementing the BHA. Barnes described the rigorous stakeholder … Read more