House Committee Approves Legislation to Establish Permanent I Matter Youth Mental Health Program

Colorado’s I Matter Youth Mental Health Program Secures Funding for No-Cost Counseling Sessions

The I Matter youth mental health program, which connects young people with licensed therapists for up to six free virtual counseling sessions, has been approved by the House Health & Human Services Committee. The bill, SB24-001, passed with a vote of 9-4. Representative Kyle Brown expressed pride in carrying the legislation that will ensure Colorado youth continue to have access to no-cost therapy through the I Matter Program. He highlighted the program’s success in helping over 11,000 children receive therapeutic services for various mental health challenges.

Representative Manny Rutinel emphasized the importance of passing the bill to maintain the no-cost mental health care services provided by the I Matter program. He noted that mental health care can be challenging for families to afford and coordinate, making the program invaluable for ensuring access to care for all children regardless of their family’s income. The bill aims to remove barriers preventing kids from getting the mental health care they need to thrive and succeed.

The I Matter program has been in place since 2021 and has served over 11,000 Colorado youth, providing over 50,000 counseling sessions. In addition to this initiative, the legislature has taken steps to support student mental health by allowing school districts to offer mental health screenings in schools. These initiatives have contributed to a decrease in youth suicide rates in Colorado as indicated by the 2023 Kids Count report.

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