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October 23, 2020


Denver, CO– On Sunday, October 25 at 3:00 PM, Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet will be presented with the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council and Aurora Mental Health Center’s 2020 Behavioral Health Champion Award during a virtual town hall.

Rep. Michaelson Jenet will be recognized for her ongoing work “addressing mental health and substance use disorder services and trainings in the state of Colorado.” A full list of her accomplishments cited by the organizations is included at the end of this press release. In advance of receiving this award, Rep. Michaelson Jenet released the following statement:

“Behavioral health has been one of my top priorities since I decided to run for office, and receiving this award is honoring and humbling,” said Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City. “Now more than ever, we need to consider the behavioral health impacts of all of our policy decisions, and we need to take behavioral health concerns as seriously as we take physical health. Although this year posed a series of unique challenges, I’m proud of the work we did in the legislature for the people of Colorado. From channelling federal funds towards mental and substance use treatments to working to reduce stigma by ensuring Colorado’s kids can take mental health days, I’m humbled to have played a part in working to improve the behavioral health of all Coloradans. I look forward to continuing to work with organizations like CBHC and the Aurora Mental Health Center to build on this progress.”

From the CBHC Press Release:

In 2020 alone, [Rep. Michaelson Jenet’s] accomplishments included:

  • Relentless advocate for mental health substance use disorder (SUD) services, suicide prevention services for youth, Mental Health First Aid champion, and parity.

  • Vice-Chair for the House Committee on Health & Human Services

  • House co-prime sponsor for HB20-1411: Concerning the Allocation of Money the State Received from the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund for Behavioral Health Services

  • House co-prime sponsor for HB20-1206: Sunset Mental Health Professionals

  • House prime sponsor for HB20-1086: Insurance Coverage Mental Health Wellness Exam

  • House prime sponsor for HB20-1312: Behavioral Health Training Requirements Educator License

  • Chair of the Interim Committee on School Safety focused on mental health and emotional wellness supports

  • House co-sponsor of SB20-001: Expand Behavioral Health Training For K-12 Educators

  • House sponsor of SB20-014: Excused Absences In Public Schools For Behavioral Health

Past Notable Efforts/Achievements:

  • 2019 House prime sponsor of HB19-1129: Prohibit Conversion Therapy for a Minor

  • 2019 House prime sponsor of HB19-1120: Youth Mental Health Education and Suicide Prevention

  • 2018 House prime sponsor of HB18-1357: Behavioral Health Care Ombudsperson Parity Reports

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