"As we listened to communities across
SB21-137, sponsored by Representatives
"The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated
"Preventing substance use disorders will save lives and help our communities recover from the pandemic," said Rep.
SB21-154, sponsored by Representatives
HB21-1281, sponsored by Representative
The intent of disaster response is to promote individual, family, and community resilience and it helps affected individuals return to a pre-disaster level of activity as quickly as possible. Disaster response methods include triage, basic support, psychological first aid, and making appropriate professional referrals in the community. Community mental health centers are already operating a number of programs that would fall within the scope of this fund, especially as they relate to COVID-19, but funding for these programs is often fragmented. The bill would provide funding to community behavioral health organizations for the disaster response services they provide.