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School Health Professional Grant Program (SHPG)

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The School Health Professional Grant Program (SHPG) is designed to provide funds to eligible education providers to enhance the presence of school health professionals in K-12 schools (Behavioral Health Care Professional Matching Grant Program (§§ 22-96-101 — 22-96-105))

A “School Health Professional” (SHP) is a state-licensed or state-certified school nurse or other state-licensed or state-certified health professionals, including those issued by the Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA)*, qualified under state law to provide support services to children and adolescents, including mental health professionals licensed pursuant to Article 245 of Title 12. For example, School Nurses, School Psychologists, School Social Workers, and School Counselors (C.R.S. 22-96-102).

*Please note that this allowance to hire under DORA does not negate the federal rules under IDEA. Check on licensing requirements specific to your Local Education Provider (LEP).

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View our SHPG Fact Sheet

Funded Education Providers

The SHPG defined an eligible education provider as:

  • A school district (on behalf of one or more K-12 schools);
  • A Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES);
  • A charter school (authorized by a school district or the Charter School Institute)

See the list of funded education providers

Please see the State Board of Education adopted Rules for the Administration of the School Health Professional Grant Program (CCR 301-97) (PDF) for more information. 

Request for Applications (RFA) Status: CLOSED

Current Grant Cycle Runs from 2024 - 2027

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Legislative Reports

According to the rules for the administration of the SHPG program, CDE shall submit to the Education Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives, or any successor Committees, a report that, at a minimum, summarizes the information submitted annually by grantees (CCR 301-91(2.01)(7)). View the current and historical legislative reports below. 

2021-2022 SHPG Legislative Report

Previous Legislative Reports

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Professional Development Opportunities

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Join us for the CDE 2024 Wellbeing and Belonging Conference on September 18th and 19th in Colorado Springs. Visit our regularly updated website for the latest information.

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SHPG Funded Grantees 


Update your SHPG Contact - Use this link to update your contacts for SHPG

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Archived Cohorts

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For more information, please contact:

Phyllis Reed, Director of Health Education Services

Health Education Services
Email Phyllis

Kristi Elliott, Health Education Services Supervisor - Behavioral Health Grants

Health Education Services
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Stephanie Bernard, Behavioral Health Grants Senior Consultant

Health Education Services
Email Stephanie

Liz Schroeder, Health Education Services Grant Consultant

Health Education Services
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