Dafna Michaelson Jenet
Advocates to push for overhaul of Colorado’s youth residential centers — and they’re looking to Florida for help
The plan follows a Colorado Sun/9News investigative series on the number of runaways from youth residential facilities, plus months of meetings
Colorado county leaders blast state officials over mental health, claim 69 foster kids are missing
In a letter to state officials, county human services directors say their caseworkers have had to sleep in office buildings with children because they can’t find them a bed.
Youth mental health was front and center in Colorado’s legislative session. But the work is only a “down payment.”
Lawmakers set aside at least $30 million specifically for youth mental health, an amount that increased in the 11th hour of the lawmaking term after Children’s Hospital Colorado declared a state of emergency
Colorado may toughen probes into institutional child abuse claims following Colorado Sun/9News investigation
Two children were struck by cars and died after running away from youth residential treatment centers in the Denver area.
Colorado is on track to give teens three free therapy sessions to help them cope with coronavirus
House Bill 1258 sets aside $9 million for the historic effort that would be available for Coloradans 18 and under through June 2022
After infighting, Colorado lawmakers revive effort to give child sex assault survivors unlimited time to sue abusers
A similar effort last year failed after proponents of the legislation couldn’t agree about whether to challenge the state constitution in the hopes of giving past victims of abuse a window to take legal action
8-hour, Republican-led hearing on Colorado’s election integrity ends without evidence of widespread fraud
President Donald Trump’s senior legal adviser, Jenna Ellis, urged the state legislature to investigate, but offered no substantive reason why
Colorado’s GOP chairman trusts the state’s voting systems. Legislative Republicans still want to check it out.
The Legislative Audit Committee, which is led by Republicans, will hold a hearing Tuesday to investigate alleged election discrepancies in Colorado. There’s no proof there were any.
Effort to give Colorado child sex assault survivors unlimited time to sue abusers is rejected
House Bill 1296, brought in the wake of a damning report on Colorado’s Catholic church, was set aside at the request of one of its prime sponsors in the hopes of bringing future legislation that will also benefit past survivors of abuse. The decision to sideline the measure drew disappointment.
Coronavirus is threatening school safety efforts prompted by STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting
The state legislature is dealing with a decreased budget and limited time for lawmaking, meaning a slate of bills that have yet to pass on school safety are likely at risk
Opinion: Remember to take care of your mental health during the coronavirus
Colorado lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus, but it’s not COVID-19
State Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, a Commerce City Democrat, was told she had COVID-19. But her doctor reviewed the results again and says she's got a different coronavirus known as NL63.
Child sex abuse survivors victimized decades ago won’t be able to sue despite Colorado effort to end statute of limitations
House BIll 1296’s sponsors said they didn’t think they could pass a measure if it was retroactive
Millions in oil, gas taxes may have been lost because Colorado regulators didn’t enforce reporting rules
A scathing audit -- which comes after Colorado tightened oil and gas regulations last year -- found the top drillers in the state failed to file thousands of production reports from 2016 to 2018
Even if Colorado gives child sex assault victims unlimited time to sue, it may be too late for those already abused
Lawmakers are considering eliminating the civil statute of limitations for child sex assault, but Colorado’s constitution appears to prohibit laws from working retroactively. Victims’ advocates think there is a path to address past abuse.
Here are the big ideas that Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado lawmakers pitched for the 2020 session
The state’s leaders presented their ideas about teen vaping, mental health parity, a public option, teacher bonuses and student debt at an event hosted by The Colorado Sun, CBS4 and the University of Denver
WATCH: Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado lawmakers pitch their big ideas for the 2020 legislative session
The event, co-hosted with CBS4 and the University of Denver’s Estlow Center for Journalism & New Media and the Center on American Politics, begins at 6:30 p.m. Return to this page to watch a livestream.
Colorado’s 2020 legislative session begins this week. Here’s a rundown of 10 issues to watch.
The state legislature’s break-neck pace from 2019 may not return, but expect fierce debates over health care, criminal justice, guns and transportation
These five bills are designed to make Colorado schools safer. None touches on guns.
Colorado’s School Safety Committee pushed forward legislation that could better address students’ behavioral health needs. Lawmakers left guns out of the conversation largely for the sake of bipartisanship.
Colorado’s trailblazing Safe2Tell system needs significant upgrades, lawmakers say
Police respond to suicidal teens instead of counselors under the current system, which is among the reasons leaders are looking to Utah for ideas on how to improve.