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June 2021

 Alicia Haywood
 Prevention Services Division Legislative Director

 Legislative Session Summary

The first regular session of the 73rd General Assembly ended June 8, 2021. The theme of the session was pandemic recovery and building for the future. While called a “regular session,” it was anything but. Legislators convened in January as planned, but went on an extended recess, providing time for legislators to get vaccinated and to get remote protocols in place. Despite the break, legislators met for a total of 116 days, just under the 120 day cap directed by the Colorado Constitution.  

Another unusual aspect of the session was the amount of federal dollars Colorado legislators had to spend. Colorado received funding from federal relief bills such as the American Rescue Plan Act to support pandemic relief. In all, legislators deployed $4 billion of federal funding during the session. They made key investments in affordable housing, mental and behavioral health, workforce development, recovery and relief, transportation and infrastructure, parks, and agriculture.

In addition to pandemic relief, legislators introduced bills aimed at addressing policies to curb gun violence, regulate marijuana concentrates, expand rights for agricultural workers, create a state public health option, raise fees for transportation infrastructure, address the fragmented behavioral health system, increase economic mobility, reduce evictions, support affordable housing, and much more.  

A total of 623 bills were introduced over the course of the session. Of those, 502 passed. To break that down a bit further - 84% of Senate bills and 79% of House bills passed - which is the highest passage rate in 10 years. 

A few bills of interest are highlighted below, and a longer list of MCH-related bills may be found here

  • SB21-194: Maternal Health Providers - Requires health insurers to cover certain labor and delivery costs. Expands Medicaid coverage of postpartum services from 60 days to 12 months.
  • SB21-181: Equity Strategic Plan Address Health Disparities - Renames, expands, and clarifies the use of the funds for the Health Disparities and Community Grant Program in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Office of Health Equity. Expands the membership and duties of the Health Equity Commission.
  • SB21-243: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Appropriation Public Health Infrastructure - Appropriates approximately $21 million per year for three years to CDPHE for state and local public health administration and support. 
  • HB21-1106: Safe Storage of Firearms - Beginning July 1, 2021, Coloradans who own guns will be required to store their weapons in a gun safe or with a trigger or cable lock when the owner knows or should reasonably know that a “juvenile or a resident who is ineligible to possess a firearm can gain access to the firearm.”
  • HB21-1107: Protections for Public Health Department Workers - Extends the current law that forbids a person from publishing personal information on the internet of a law enforcement official or human services worker if the information’s dissemination poses a threat to include protections for public health workers. A violation is a class 1 misdemeanor.
  • HB21-1311: Income Tax - Eliminates tax exemptions and uses the recouped revenue to expand Colorado’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to 20% of the federal EITC, up from 15%, starting in 2022. From 2023 through 2025, the state credit will go up to 25% before reverting back to 20% in 2026. It also funds Colorado’s child tax credit for the first time for single filers making less than $75,000 and joint filers making less than $85,000. Both the state EITC and child tax credit will be available to people who would qualify for the federal tax credits, but don’t have a valid Social Security number. 

Community Inclusion Supports Development of NEW HCP Decision Tool

“I have never been a part of a group like this where parents had a voice every step of the way!”
~ Gina Brackett, Parent Representative HCP Decision Tool Work Group

Since July 2020, a dynamic group of family members, community members, local public health representatives and MCH/CYSHCN state staff have worked together to develop a decision-making tool for HCP Programs considering their work focus in the future. Family and Community engagement was set as a priority from the beginning of this project

Read the full article to learn more about how family members were recruited and participated in developing the decision tool.

Priority Overviews Now Available

We created one page overviews for each of the MCH priorities. Use the links below to access each one.

Did you know that 49 out of 64 counties in Colorado do not have a child psychiatrist?

In May, Children’s Hospital Colorado held a press conference to shed light on the Pediatric Mental Health Crisis in our state.  A significant factor in this crisis is a workforce shortage of pediatric psychiatrists. The Colorado Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation and Access Program (CoPPCAP), funded in part with HRSA funds through a contract with the Title V MCH Program, aims to increase access to child and adolescent mental health services by providing consultation to primary care providers (PCPs) and providers in school-based health care. CoPPCAP facilitates learning sessions for providers through ECHO and a community of practice to support PCPs to screen and address mental health concerns. CoPPCAP enrolled the first practice in September 2019. As of June 1st, 2021, CoPPCAP has conducted 763 provider consultations through telehealth, telephone and eConsults and enrolled 46 practices, representing approximately 323 providers with an estimated 299,867 children and adolescents “covered” by CoPPCAP. 


  • The Colorado Health Symposium - August 5-6, 2021. In-person and online. Save the dates. More information to come in June.
  • Public Health in the Rockies - Keystone Resort, CO, August 25-27, 2021. Registration is open.


  • Free Webinar Series
    Early Milestones Colorado invites you to join a free webinar series intended to support the community engagement, collaboration, planning and implementation of local prevention plans. Invited participants include, but are not limited to, those connected to child maltreatment prevention, child welfare, Family First, LAUNCH Together, Maternal & Child Health (MCH), Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families, county human services, and local public health agencies. Each webinar will have a panel of presenters and a Question & Answer period. All webinars will be recorded and posted within two weeks of the completed webinar on the Early Milestones Colorado website. Click here for more information and meeting links.
    Authentic Communication
    July 8, 2021 (Thursday)
    1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Strategic Communications & Storytelling
    July 22, 2021 (Thursday)
    1:00 – 3:00 pm
    Local Collaborative Planning & Implementation
    August 24, 2021 (Tuesday)
    1:00 – 3:30 pm
    Primer on Local Prevention Plans
    September 16, 2021 (Thursday)
    1:00 – 3:30 pm


  • Safe Routes and Active Living Internship Program
    The City of Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) is hiring for the Safe Routes and Active Living Internship Program. DOTI is seeking two interns to assist in planning, implementation, data collection and analysis, research, and evaluation for active living programs through Safe Routes to School, Vision Zero, and active living related projects. Candidates should be interested in learning about the built environment and health in Denver, community engagement, and city-level strategies to promote health equity and active living. The position will include aspects of both project planning with community engagement and contact. This position may require some hours at times in the evening and weekends as needed.




The Title V Maternal and Child Health Program (MCH) works with statewide partners and local public health agency representatives to improve the health of Coloradans using population-based and infrastructure-building strategies. Our mission is to optimize the health and well-being of mothers and children by employing primary prevention and early intervention public health strategies.
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