Colorado House Bill 21-1258 established this temporary behavioral health services program to provide access to mental health and substance use disorder services for youth, including addressing needs that may have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is open to youth 18 years of age or younger or 21 years of age or younger if receiving special education services.
The program, called I Matter, is funded by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health. The program provides up to 6 free behavioral health sessions for youth in Colorado and reimburses participating providers, which are licensed clinicians from agencies and independent contractors.
The I Matter program also has a statewide public awareness and outreach campaign that includes digital ads on platforms such as TikTok and Snapchat, and on-the-ground outreach to schools and youth organizations. Both the awareness campaign and the IMatterColorado.org website were informed by youth feedback.
The program will receive an additional $6 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding following the passage of House Bill 22-1243. This allows the program to offer free mental health services to any Colorado youth through at least June 30, 2023.
To receive help with the website or support in scheduling a session, email email@example.com.
Free materials are available to promote the I Matter program. You can order posters, rack cards, stickers, banners and lawn signs to be shipped to you at no charge through this form.
I Matter also has an expanded digital toolkit that includes sample social media posts and more. The toolkit includes an I Matter Platform deck that illustrates what the experience will be like when a youth visits the website, takes the survey and has a therapy session.