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Victory for Youth Mental Health: I Matter Program Bill Passes, Securing No-Cost Therapy Services for Colorado Kids

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
House Committee Approves Legislation to Establish I Matter Youth Mental Health Program as Permanent

In a significant victory for youth mental health care, the House Health & Human Services Committee in Denver, CO has approved legislation to make the I Matter program permanent. This bill, SB24-001, passed by a vote of 9-4. Sponsored by Representatives Kyle Brown and Manny Rutinel, the legislation aims to ensure that no Colorado youth is denied access to no-cost therapy through this highly effective program.

Representative Kyle Brown expressed pride in carrying this important legislation, emphasizing the need for accessible mental health care services for all youth. The I Matter program has helped over 11,000 kids receive therapeutic services for mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. By making this program permanent rather than expiring on June 30, 2024, Representative Brown is ensuring that more young people will have access to the help they need to learn, grow and thrive.

Representative Manny Rutinel emphasized the importance of passing this bill to continue providing no-cost mental health care services through the I Matter program. He stressed that mental health services should not be limited by a family’s income and that this legislation aims to break down barriers that prevent kids from accessing the care they need. The I Matter program connects youth with licensed mental health therapists for up to six free virtual counseling sessions, and making it permanent will ensure that young people continue to have access to this vital service.

Since its inception in 2021 and expanded by HB22-1243 in 2023, the I Matter program has served over 11,000 Colorado youth and provided over 50,000 counseling sessions. Additionally, a law passed in 2023 allows school districts to offer mental health screenings in schools to support students’ access to mental health care. As a result of these efforts, there has been a 30 percent decrease in youth suicide in 2023 compared to the previous year according to the Colorado Kids Count report of

By Samantha Jones

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