Dear Colorado Governor Jared Polis,
This is a poem written a few years ago by our child when they were feeling tired of struggling. Our child was 16 at that time. They were asked to speak up about their experience in the behavioral healthcare system by the Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind at a Town Hall meeting you requested. Now 19 they are too exhausted from fighting for themself and too sick to work or go to school. Our children are having to claw their way through the same old arbitrary and oftentimes capricious red tape in the Colorado systems that bar their access to all areas of a productive and happy life.
Our education, Colorado Access
healthcare, and vocational rehabilitation systems are wearing down children and killing their life force. Our children are told by their schools, workforce counselors, and social workers that they are adults who must be able to take care of themselves at 18. They are told to be patient because our systems can’t serve them the way they are supposed to. They are told that is just the way it is here in Colorado. They are told it’s tough luck.
- Do you think that five years of patience for adult issues is enough time for a child to suffer? We think it’s torture.
- What is Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) for if not for the medically necessary healthcare for children? Nobody else seems to understand it.
- When will children with disabilities in Colorado stop being neglected and abused by our public agencies whenever they step foot outside of their family homes? That’s the reality of life in our state.
These are things that we really want to know and questions you need to be able to respond to, especially before anymore average families like ours decide to move into our state. We can’t all afford to retain counsel and send our children out of state where they can be safe and secure while you work things out.
That’s the truth.
Lisa A. Weiss, J.D. and Jason Rudofsky
Angry and Exhausted Colorado Parents who want some real answers from the Governor of the State of Colorado