As of May 20, 2021

The 2021 legislative session is making progress in the Colorado Capitol! Throughout this legislative session, the Kempe Foundation has been active in advancing child focused policies and advocating for funding for Kempe Center programs.

Below is an update on the status of our legislative priorities:

SECURING FUNDING FOR KEMPE PROGRAMS 

On May 18th, after approval from both chambers of the legislature, Governor Polis signed the FY 2021-2022 Budget into law. The Kempe team has been following this bill closely, and we are pleased to share some great news for Kempe Center programs!

Within the FY 2021-2022 Budget, the Governor has recommended restoring last year’s $300,000 cut for the CARE Network compensation. After deliberation, the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) approved the full funding of the CARE Network, which means total funding for the CARE Network is $911,776 within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment budget. The Child Welfare Training System also received the full request of $6,797,102 within the Division of Child Welfare budget. In the Office of Early Childhood, the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Services received $8,182,206, of which SafeCare receives approximately $500,000.

As the Budget worked its way through the Senate and House, various amendments were added by legislators. The Kempe Foundation supported one amendment which added $1 million from the General Fund to the Tony Grampsas Youth Services program (TGYS). The Kempe Center’s Fostering Healthy Futures program received a significant grant from TGYS last year. During the JBC Conference Committee, this $1 million amendment for the TGYS funding was reduced to $250,000 because TGYS is going to receive an additional $800,000 from the tobacco master settlement program.

In addition to the TGYS amendment, the following amendments of interest were added in both the House and the Senate:

  • $5 million General Fund for the Domestic Abuse Program
  • $2 million General Fund for School Bullying Prevention and Education Cash Fund
  • $2 million General Fund for School-based Health Centers to provide mental health screenings for students
  • $1 million Marijuana Tax Cash Fund for the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Training Program
  • $500,000 General Fund for the Suicide Prevention program

The Kempe Foundation appreciates the continued effort of the Colorado legislature and Governor to ensure the protection and well-being of Colorado’s children. In the final weeks of the legislative session, we remain committed to working with our partners at the Capitol to advance child-focused policies for Colorado’s children and families.

2021 is a critical year for us to build capacity in the state budget for programs that are demonstrated to work. We will continue to provide important policy updates throughout the 2021 Legislative Session. To receive Kempe Advocacy Updates via email, please sign up here.