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Statewide Program Breaks Down Barriers for Youth Access to Mental Health Services

This year, Governor Jared Polis signed into law a bipartisan mental health bill, which dedicated $9 million to create the I Matter program, which provides Colorado youth with access to free counseling, mental health, and substance use disorder services.

“We’ve been doing this locally through Olivia’s Fund, through the generosity of donors and Vail Health since our inception in 2019. But we’re just really excited that the state is following a similar trajectory of care,” said Casey Wolfington, a licensed psychologist and the senior director of community behavioral health at Eagle Valley Behavioral Health. “This just enhances the amount of service that our youth can have access to.”

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