(April 20) – The House gave final passage today to Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet’s bill for a coordinated statewide campaign to reduce youth suicide in Colorado.
“Suicide prevention does not happen at the moment of suicidality, it happens long before someone reaches crisis stage,” Rep. Michaelson Jenet said. “This bill takes a multifaceted approach to seek an end to youth suicide in Colorado.”
HB18-1177 requires the state Office of Suicide Prevention to bring together a statewide network for free training programs related to youth suicide prevention for parents and people who work with youth in a variety of informal capacities.
The bill also supports a forthcoming statewide campaign to raise awareness of Colorado’s text support crisis hotline and lowers the age that a minor can access outpatient psychotherapy in a school- or community-based setting without parental consent from 15 to 12.
The House voted 34-27 to send HB18-1177 to the state Senate.