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April 2, 2024

House Committee Passes Bill to Make I Matter Youth Mental Health Program Permanent

DENVER, CO - The House Health & Human Services Committee today passed legislation sponsored by Representatives Kyle Brown and Manny Rutinel that would make permanent the first-of-its-kind I Matter youth mental health program. SB24-001 passed by a vote of 9-4.

“The I Matter Program has been critical in connecting Colorado youth to no-cost therapy, and I’m proud to carry this legislation to make it a permanent program in our state,” said Rep. Kyle Brown, D-Louisville. “This program has helped over 11,000 kids receive therapeutic services for anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, and other mental health challenges. With this legislation, we can ensure that kids in every corner of our state can seek the care and resources they need.”

“Mental health care is often difficult for families to afford or coordinate, which is why we must pass this bill to continue the no-cost mental health care services provided by the I Matter program,” said Rep. Manny Rutinel, D-Commerce City. “Access to mental health services should not be dependent on your family’s income. Our bill breaks down barriers that prevent kids from accessing the mental health care they need, so our kids can learn, grow, and thrive.”

The popular I Matter connects youth with a licensed mental health therapist for up to six free virtual counseling sessions, but the program is currently set to repeal on June 30th, 2024. SB24-001 makes that program permanent, ensuring Colorado students can continue receiving quality mental health care at no cost to them or their families.

The I Matter program was established in the 2021 legislative session and expanded by HB22-1243. The legislature also passed a law in 2023 allowing school districts to offer mental health screenings in schools to support student’s access to mental health care. I Matter has served over 11,000 Colorado youth since 2021 and provided over 50,000 sessions. According to the Colorado 2023 Kids Count report, youth suicide in 2023 decreased 30 percent from the year before.

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