What makes a Community Behavioral Health Champion?
It’s not just about carrying behavioral health bills - CBHC’s Community Behavioral Health Champions consistently demonstrate a passion for advancing public policy related to behavioral health by:
- Responding to constituents regarding behavioral health policy needs;
- Engaging colleagues and leading discussions around behavioral health issues;
- Reaching across party lines to solve problems related to behavioral health; and
- Working to strengthen Colorado’s well-established, community-based behavioral health system.
State Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet (State House District 30) Representative Michaelson Jenet has been a relentless advocate when it comes to addressing mental health and substance use disorder services and trainings in the state of Colorado. During the 2020 legislative session, she demonstrated leadership in this critical area of health care.
In 2020 alone, her accomplishments included:
- Relentless advocate for mental health substance use disorder (SUD) services, suicide prevention services for youth, Mental Health First Aid champion, and parity.
- Vice-Chair for the House Committee on Health & Human Services
- House co-prime sponsor for HB20-1411: Concerning the Allocation of Money the State Received from the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund for Behavioral Health Services
- House co-prime sponsor for HB20-1206: Sunset Mental Health Professionals
- House prime sponsor for HB20-1086: Insurance Coverage Mental Health Wellness Exam
- House prime sponsor for HB20-1312: Behavioral Health Training Requirements Educator License
- Chair of the Interim Committee on School Safety focused on mental health and emotional wellness supports
- House co-sponsor of SB20-001: Expand Behavioral Health Training For K-12 Educators
- House sponsor of SB20-014: Excused Absences In Public Schools For Behavioral Health