Chris Kolker (D)

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Do you support school policies and funding that increase the availability of mental health services in schools and early childhood settings?

  • Yes: Absolutely. I have a 1st grader and my wife is a middle school counselor and I know the importance of firsthand of having these services early on.

Do you support additional funding for follow-up care for individuals after a suicide attempt or overdose?

  • Yes: Yes, I support the funding and follow-up care. I do need to know more about where this funding is going to come from as this state woefully underfunds many areas of need.

Do you support extreme risk protection orders?

  • Yes: I had a conversation with a gun rights proponent while canvassing, and this was one area we both agreed on. It makes common sense. Unfortunately, my opponent voted against it in 2018.

Do you support strengthening laws and transparency requirements compelling insurance companies to provide coverage for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders that is equal to the coverage provided for a physical illness?

  • Yes

Do you support strengthening requirements that insurance companies have enough mental health and substance use professionals to guarantee their members have a choice of provider?

  • Yes

Do you support requirements that hospitals and other providers report information on treatment availability to help individuals, hospitals and law enforcement locate available treatment for people in crisis?

  • Yes

Do you support providing state funds to expand capacity for mental health and substance use treatment in underserved areas of the state?

  • Yes: I do back this, but again, we need to make sure we know where we can get the funding.

Do you support additional state investments in affordable housing with supportive services for people with mental health or substance use disorders?

  • Yes