State Budget Package
The “Long Bill,” or the Joint Budget Committee’s budget package for state fiscal year 2017-18, is expected to be introduced next week. The Children’s Campaign will be following a number of items in the state budget this year that are important for kids, including:
- School-based health centers: Continue funding for school-based health centers, which serve students whose access to care is otherwise limited. Services might include comprehensive well-child and well-adolescent exams, immunizations, treatment for illness or injury, management of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes or asthma, mental health assessment and treatment, smoking cessation, substance abuse counseling, and dental exams and sealants.
- School health professionals: Funding from marijuana revenue to expand the School Health Professionals Grant Program to support an additional 150 school health professionals statewide. School health professionals provide substance abuse and mental health prevention and intervention programs in schools.
- Healthy Steps for Young Children: Funding to continue serving 1,300 families in seven high-need communities through the evidence-based Healthy Steps for Young Children home visiting program when federal funding for the program ends in September.
- CCCAP funding to address waitlists: Continue funding appropriated during the supplemental budget process this year for the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), to allow counties to reduce the number of families on waitlists to receive child care assistance.