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Colorado Democrats took a step toward support for more mental health training and support for K-12 schools this past week; hosting a Thursday, Feb. 6 press conference at the Colorado Capital Building to discuss SB20-001 .

The event was led by Senator Rhonda Fields, Rep. Emily Sirota, Rep. Kevin Van Winkle, together with representatives from the Colorado Behavior Health Council and Mental Health Colorado. Attending and contributing comments were Colorado parents and students whose lives have been affected by mental health crisis situations.

If passed, the bill would expand behavioral health training for K-12 educators.

“This critical bill will provide the training that parents, teachers, and students desperately need in order to support themselves and the people they love when mental health challenges arise,” said Fields.

The just-introduced bill may face what could be a lengthy legislative process, but the topic of student mental health appears to be one of growing public concern. The bill would focus more resources to help those in regular contact with students to spot mental health situations before they become crisis circumstances.