Jared Polis

ARP: Colorado’s “I Matter” Program Support Student’s Mental Health

Idea Category: Healthcare | Funding Source: American Rescue Plan

In 2021, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill to establish the “I Matter” program, which provides up to six free therapy sessions for Colorado youth. Originally part of the Governor’s Colorado Comeback Roadmap, which dedicated $9 million to the program to address any needs that may have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the program launched, more than 6,000 Colorado youth have received one or more free therapy sessions, and the program was renewed to run  through at least June 2023.