Colorado - Early Identification and Referral: Programs and Services

Programs And Services
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State law authorizes districts to conduct mental health screening in schools or to disseminate information on mental health resources.

C.R.S. 22-96-103. Behavioral health care professional matching grant program - created - rules


  • (a) There is created in the department the behavioral health care professional matching grant program, referred to in this article 96 as the "program", to provide funding to education providers for the following purposes:

    • (I) To increase the presence of school health professionals in schools to provide substance abuse and behavioral health care to students who have substance abuse or other behavioral health needs;

    • (II) To provide training and resources for school staff on the implementation of evidence-based programming on substance abuse prevention education for all students; and

    • (III) To allow school health professionals to connect students with services that are provided by community-based organizations for treatment and counseling for students who are at risk for substance abuse.

  • (b) An education provider that receives a grant under the program shall use the money to increase the level of funding the education provider allocates to school health professionals to provide substance abuse and behavioral health care to students prior to receiving the grant and not to replace other funding sources allocated to provide school health professionals for students. The department shall administer the program as provided in this article 96 and pursuant to rules adopted by the state board.

(2) The state board shall adopt rules pursuant to the "State Administrative Procedure Act", article 4 of title 24, C.R.S., for implementation of the program, including but not limited to rules regarding:

  • (a) The timeline for submitting applications to the department;

  • (b) The form of the grant application and any information in addition to that specified in section 22-96-104 (2) to be included in the application;

  • (c) Any criteria for awarding grants in addition to those specified in section 22-96-104 (3); and

  • (d) Any information to be included in the department's program report in addition to that required in section 22-96-105.

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