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Veterans Legislation

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Senate President Leroy Garcia of Pueblo and Rep. David Ortiz of Littleton.

The bill requires the state department of human services (department) to establish a veteran suicide prevention pilot program (pilot program) to reduce the suicide rate and suicidal ideation among veterans by providing no-cost, stigma-free, confidential, and effective behavioral health treatment for post-9/11 up to 700 veterans and their families. The department is permitted to enter into an agreement with a nonprofit or educational organization to administer the pilot program. The department is required to include information about the pilot program in its annual report to the general assembly. The pilot program is repealed June 30, 2025.

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Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, signed Senate Bill 21-129 into law June 23.

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