SB20-014 (Fields/Michaelson Jenet) Excused Absences for Mental Health Day

Originally Posted: January 24, 2020
Last Updated: June 19, 2020


This bill would require school districts to include excused absences for behavioral health concerns in their written attendance policies.


The Colorado Children’s Campaign supports this bill because we know behavioral health is just as important as physical health to a student’s overall wellbeing. This bill would help reduce stigma for youth and families around behavioral health and would give students an opportunity to address behavioral health concerns and mitigate crises before they occur.

Current Status

Signed into law on Mar. 23

Previous Statuses

January 24, 2020

Assigned to the Senate Education Committee where it is scheduled to be heard on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 1:30 pm in Room 352

January 31, 2020

Passed the House unanimously and now heads to the governor’s desk for signature.