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Mental Health Educational Resources

Concerning mental health educational resources, and, in connection therewith, making enhancements to the safe2tell program.
2020 Regular Session
Human Services
Bill Summary

No later than July 1, 2020, the department of human services (department), with assistance from other departments and organizations, shall create and maintain a website that provides internet links to relevant information and resources available to individuals seeking behavioral health care services. The website must include information about the Colorado SEE ME campaign and the national suicide prevention hotline, demographic-specific information about behavioral health care providers available in each geographic region, internet links to each behavioral health care provider's website, and internet links to skilled nursing facilities available in each geographic region.

No later than April 1, 2021, the department shall issue a request for proposal to contract with an organization to develop and distribute community- and demographic-specific targeted messaging related to the website. The messaging must be distributed no later than January 1, 2022.

The bill allows a health care professional who is required to complete continuing competency requirements to take a course in mental health education to satisfy the continuing competency requirements.

Under current law, the safe2tell program is required to provide awareness and educational materials to preschools. The bill removes this requirement.

The bill clarifies that safe2tell does not have to provide information about a call to law enforcement and school personnel if the call was forwarded to the statewide crisis response system.

The bill requires the safe2tell program to develop training materials outlining appropriate responses to safe2tell tips to ensure standardized messaging.

The bill directs the department of law to devise a process and develop standardized protocols so that any communication related to mental health or substance use received by safe2tell may be transferred to the statewide crisis response system.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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