Colorado Considering Bill To Provide Free Counseling to Youth

In a widely popular bipartisan move, the state of Colorado is considering a bill giving youth combating mental health challenges free therapy sessions.

If passed, Bill 21-1258 — introduced to the Colorado State House of Representatives last week — would provide young adults under the age of 19 as many free therapy sessions as needed.

With youth facing increased isolation and instability caused by the pandemic, the Colorado state legislature is attempting to help get kids through this tough time. According to The Colorado Sun, the bill “represents one of the most aggressive behavioral health initiatives in Colorado history” and is on a “fast-track to passage.”

According to state Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, “If we can get that [mental health support] to every kid in Colorado…it will be a game-changer.”

Currently, the bill’s likelihood of passing remains uncertain. However, the seriousness at which legislators are considering the proposal provides a powerful witness that bipartisanship is not dead and solutions to complex problems can be reached when we work together.

Source: Colorado Sun