Colorado - School-based or School-linked Mental Health Services: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to establish school-based or school-linked mental health promotion and intervention programs.

C.R.S. 22-25-103. Definitions

(5.5) "Local student wellness program" means a program adopted by a school district, board of cooperative services, or facility school that is coordinated with health education and is designed to provide services to students in one or more of the following areas:

  • (a) Physical education;

  • (b) Nutrition services;

  • (c) Mental health counseling and services;

  • (d) Promotion of a healthy school environment;

  • (e) Health education;

  • (f) Health services;

  • (g) Involvement of students' families and communities in supporting and reinforcing healthy choices.


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

(1) (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.


C.R.S. 22-25-104. Colorado comprehensive health education program - role of department of education - recommended curriculum guidelines - allocation of funds - rules

(1) There is hereby created the Colorado comprehensive health education program, which shall be a voluntary program in which school districts, boards of cooperative services, and facility schools may participate through the creation of local comprehensive health education programs, which may include coordination with local student wellness programs. Implementation of the Colorado comprehensive health education program shall be a cooperative effort among the department of education, the Colorado commission on higher education, the department of public health and environment and other health education professionals, and participating school districts and boards of cooperative services.

(2) The department of education shall have the authority to promote the development and implementation of local comprehensive health education programs and local student wellness programs.


C.R.S. 22-33-204. Services for at-risk students - agreements with state agencies and community organizations

(1) Each school district, regardless of the number of students expelled by the district, may enter into agreements with appropriate local governmental agencies and, to the extent necessary, with the managing state agencies, including the department of human services and the department of public health and environment; with community-based nonprofit and faith-based organizations; with nonpublic, nonparochial schools; with the department of military and veterans affairs; and with public and private institutions of higher education to work with the student's parent or guardian to provide services to any student, or the student's family, who is identified as being at risk of suspension or expulsion or who has been suspended or expelled. Any services provided pursuant to an agreement with a nonpublic, nonparochial school are subject to approval by the state board of education pursuant to section 22-2-107. Services provided through such agreements may include, but are not limited to:

  • (a) Educational services required to be provided under section 22-33-203 (2) and any educational services provided to at-risk students identified pursuant to section 22-33-202;

  • (b) Counseling services;

  • (c) Substance use disorder treatment programs;

  • (d) Family preservation services.

  • (e) and (f) (Deleted by amendment, L. 98, p. 570, § 3, effective April 30, 1998.)

(2) At a minimum, each agreement entered into pursuant to this section shall specify the services to be provided under the agreement, the entity that will coordinate and oversee provision of the services, and the responsibilities of each entity entering into the agreement. In addition, each agreement shall require each entity entering into the agreement to contribute the services or funds for the provision of the services specified in the agreement. The agreement shall specify the services or the amount and source of funds that each entity will provide and the mechanism for providing said services or funds.

(3) Each school district shall use a portion of its per pupil revenues to provide services under agreements entered into pursuant to this section for each student who is at risk of suspension or expulsion or who is suspended or expelled. In addition, the school district may use federal moneys, moneys received from any other state appropriation, and moneys received from any other public or private grant to provide said services.


C.R.S. 22-33-204. Services for at-risk students - agreements with state agencies and community organizations

(1) Each school district, regardless of the number of students expelled by the district, may enter into agreements with appropriate local governmental agencies and, to the extent necessary, with the managing state agencies, including the department of human services and the department of public health and environment; with community-based nonprofit and faith-based organizations; with nonpublic, nonparochial schools; with the department of military and veterans affairs; and with public and private institutions of higher education to work with the student's parent or guardian to provide services to any student, or the student's family, who is identified as being at risk of suspension or expulsion or who has been suspended or expelled. Any services provided pursuant to an agreement with a nonpublic, nonparochial school are subject to approval by the state board of education pursuant to section 22-2-107. Services provided through such agreements may include, but are not limited to:

  • (a) Educational services required to be provided under section 22-33-203 (2) and any educational services provided to at-risk students identified pursuant to section 22-33-202;

  • (b) Counseling services;

  • (c) Substance use disorder treatment programs;

  • (d) Family preservation services.

  • (e) and (f) (Deleted by amendment, L. 98, p. 570, § 3, effective April 30, 1998.)

(2) At a minimum, each agreement entered into pursuant to this section shall specify the services to be provided under the agreement, the entity that will coordinate and oversee provision of the services, and the responsibilities of each entity entering into the agreement. In addition, each agreement shall require each entity entering into the agreement to contribute the services or funds for the provision of the services specified in the agreement. The agreement shall specify the services or the amount and source of funds that each entity will provide and the mechanism for providing said services or funds.

(3) Each school district shall use a portion of its per pupil revenues to provide services under agreements entered into pursuant to this section for each student who is at risk of suspension or expulsion or who is suspended or expelled. In addition, the school district may use federal moneys, moneys received from any other state appropriation, and moneys received from any other public or private grant to provide said services.

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