Dear Jared Polis,
Please do check out this response from Children’s Hospital Colorado to the state of emergency for the children in our state of Colorado. Our mental health care system is killing children right now. Of course you know that already. I hope the new hospital mental health chief will be invited to pay some attention to the #facilityschools. Facility Schools are an important part of our public school system which is currently under reconstruction. We can fix this mess if you will wrestle it out of the hands of the mental health business executives. These school and medical businesses are vulnerable to corruption and being horribly neglected and underserved by the Colorado Department of Education. That is what I do know.
To be clear, the public schools are where most of our children should be found. It’s called #childfind and is a glaring issue systemically in Colorado under the IDEA and has been for many years. In fact, all of the children under 21 who have not yet graduated from high school who are flooding the healthcare system and flowing out onto the streets in danger and unsheltered could easily be identified as Serious Emotional Disability. Why aren’t they? Here’s some info from a KGNU Community Radio with Rev. Dr. Jose Silva that touches on #childfind again.
And where is the EPSDT protection? I haven’t found that yet, but that’s where I am now focusing. Seems we have a lot of pieces of regulation that need to be put together here, but they are all laying around waiting to be used properly.
Please be in touch soon. I am out here in the community still helping children find what they need to survive, access school, and go on to lead productive lives in Colorado. I have been privately auditing the health care, school, and vocational rehabilitation systems for the last couple of years, so this is just my pro bono policy advice.🌻
In service of children, community and ✌🏼1m3s (peace),
Lisa A. Weiss Rudofsky, J.D.
Master Instructor in Self Advocacy at Solid Ground Denver ✌🏼 peace movement
Colorado Department of Education, Senior Consultant, Dispute Resolution and Policy Specialist, 2014-2019