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What is the Child Mental Health Treatment Act?

The Child Mental Health Treatment Act is a law that allows families to access community and residential treatment services for their child without having to go through the dependency and neglect process, when there is no abuse or neglect of the child.

The Child Mental Health Treatment Act (CRS 27-67-101, et seq.) was enacted into Colorado law in 1999 through House Bill 99-1116. The Act allows families to access community, residential, and transitional treatment services for their child without requiring a dependency and neglect action, when there is no child abuse or neglect. To be eligible, a child must have a mental illness, be under the age of 18, and be at risk of out-of-home placement or at risk of further involvement with a county department of human/social services. The Act applies to both Medicaid eligible and non-Medicaid eligible children, although the application and payment processes differ. Local and State-level appeal processes are available if services are denied, and for local interagency disputes. To find out more CLICK here.

(excerpt from Family Voices Colorado FAQ sheet)

Rosa's Law

EFFORTS TOWARD INCLUSION are being made everyday - even in legislation. Know the law to enforce the law. Getting derogatory terminology elminated from public policy is one way you can effect change on a local level. Rosa Marcellino's family did and it led to the formation and signing of senate bill S2781 now known as "Rosa's Law." Made into a federal law by President Obama in 2010, Rosa's Law (Public Law 111–256) mandates the exchange of the term "mental retardation" with "intellectual disability" in federal health, education and labor policy. How can you effect change? Start at your local school. One parent's request inspired a school to change the label of its special education department to "Student Achievement Services." What will you do?


Discover what this piece of legislation actually says and use it as a resource to protect your family from substandard health care. Get the facts, download the actual LAW, and learn more at the official website


Things You Should Know

If your child has an IEP (Individual Education Program) and/or has special provisions during regular class services, these same provisions must be provided during ALL standardized tests where feasible, including the ACT, SAT, and CSAP tests. In other words, documented and approved manipulatives, extra time, special environments, etc., used by your child during her/his educational processing must be allowed during standardized testing where appropriate and feasible. For instance, if your child takes tests verbally (as opposed to written answers), he/she must be provided the opportunity to answer CSAP questions verbally with the teacher or designated representative filling in the verbal answers for your child on the test. In addition, if your child cannot independently read instructions, and instructions are generally read to your child during the normal school day, your child is entitled to have all CSAP instructions read to her/him. Contact your child’s school special education representative and counselor to assure proper provisions are made for your child before the start of a standardized test.


Know The Laws and Related Issues That Affect Our Community

Your Direct Link To The US Department of Education Website

Click on this link to read the current laws guiding education within the United States of America. It's Office of Civil Rights provides 504 information, for the purpose of protecting students with disabilities.

To find your Senator and contact information, click here.

Your Direct Link To The Colorado Department of Education Website On Specific Education Policy

Click on this link to read the current laws guiding special education as well as new laws awaiting mandate.

Your direct link to the Department of Justice Website

Click on this link to read the current findings from the office of the United States Attorney General, Department of Justice governing laws and interests of the United States of America from civil rights to taxation to criminal justice. Click here for the direct link to its ADA (Americans with Disabilities) website.

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (Amendments Act)

Senate Bill 08-130: Innovation Plans

A new bill has been introduced to address Colorado's continued efforts to improve education achievement. Follow the link for more information.

Fair Housing Concerns? Call the Housing Discrimination Tip Line (1-800-896-7743) or email the Justice Department at

The Amendments Act, effective January 1, 2009, amends the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and includes a conforming amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) that affects the meaning of the term disability in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504).


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Know The Laws That Affect Our Children

Students with disabilities are more likely than students without disabilities to be ticketed, suspended, and/or expelled from school? Familiarize yourself with the state and federal laws that affect our children. Be aware of proposed changes to the No Child Left Behind Act and school discipline policy changes. Yvette Plummer, Executive Director of the Denver Metro Community Parent Resource Center and the only parent representative on the Colorado Legislative Task Force on School Discipline (SB 11-133), provided public testimony of parent concerns before the Legislative Council reviews interim committee recommendations on November 8, 2011 at the State Capitol. But that was just the beginning. Support Yvette's efforts for policy changes that affect the mental, social, and educational well beign of children who carry handicap and disability labels by sharing your story. Yvette can be reached at (303)365-CPRC (2772) or email and ask how you can help with the Colorado Legislative Task Force on School Discipline concerns (Please provide your name, email or preferred contact information). Thanks!