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Bill Detail: HB19-1017

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Title Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Social And Emotional Health Act
Status Governor Signed (05/10/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
  • Human Services
House Sponsors D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 01/04/2019
Description

The bill creates the Colorado K-5 Social and Emotional Health
Act (act). The act requires the department of education (department) to
select a pilot school district (pilot district) to participate in a pilot program
that ensures that a school social worker, as defined in the act, is dedicated
to each of grades kindergarten through fifth grade. To the extent possible,
the school social worker shall follow the same students through each

grade. The general assembly shall appropriate the resources necessary for
the pilot district to hire or contract with the additional school social
workers.
The department shall select a pilot district that meets the
characteristics outlined in the bill, including high poverty, ethnic
diversity, and a large concentration of students in the foster care system.
Among other responsibilities consistent with the school social
worker license, the school social worker shall provide needed services to
students and their families in the pilot district, including identifying
learning disabilities, conducting functional behavior assessments and
developing behavior intervention plans, identifying food insecurities, and
helping eligible students and their families access public benefits.
Services must be provided at school and during school hours, as
appropriate.
The pilot program begins operation during the 2020-21 school year
and repeals in July 2027. The department shall contract with a
professional program evaluator (evaluator) to conduct a preliminary
evaluation in 2024 and a final evaluation before the repeal of the pilot
program. The evaluator shall establish the method for the pilot district's
data collection and monitor data throughout the pilot program.
The evaluator shall evaluate the effectiveness of services provided
by the pilot program on the academic, mental, and physical health and
well-being of the student cohorts within the scope of the pilot program.
The bill requires the department to request money for pilot
program administration, employment contracts for social workers, and the
pilot program evaluation through the annual budget process.

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