April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout the month of April, CCASA was able to work with partners throughout Colorado to raise awareness about ending sexual violence and supporting survivors. We hosted a conversation with author and researcher Anne DePrince about her book, “Every 90 Seconds.” You can find the conversation on the CCASA Facebook page. We also distributed resources to and participated in Take Back the Night events at colleges and universities.
As always, CCASA honored Colorado Denim Day in a big way. Members of our organization kicked on April 27th with a visit to the State Capitol to hear Denim Day Resolutions read on both the House and Senate floors. You can watch the Senate resolution here. More members of the CCASA team also participated in an Instagram live, detailing the different ways CCASA works to address and dismantle all of the oppression that allows for sexual violence. Meanwhile, we posted on social media every hour, on the hour, to raise awareness about Denim Day and the role we can all play in ending sexual violence.
During this legislative session, bills aiming to improve behavioral health systems across the state have been introduced in the Colorado legislature. CCASA has been working diligently, especially throughout the month of April as session winds down, to ensure the complex needs of survivors are included in any proposed changes and. HB22-1281 creates a grant program to improve behavioral healthcare services for families and underserved communities. CCASA successfully worked to include the addition of trauma-informed care training and trauma recovery treatment into services covered by grant funds. Trauma-informed training was also added to HB22-1302, strengthening the connection between the primary care and behavioral health care systems. HB22-1278 creates the new Behavioral Health Administration. Thanks to CCASA’s policy team and our network of active members, a seat for expertise in crime victimization, adverse childhood experiences, and trauma has been added to the Behavioral Health Administration Advisory Council.