Mental Health group holds ‘conversation’ in Vail

VAIL — It's not hard to fathom that 1 million Coloradans suffer from mental illness, but it's daunting to think only half of them get treatment — for whatever reason. Another alarming statistic: People with mental illnesses start showing symptoms around age 14. With the suicide rate climbing in Colorado, the people at Mental Health Colorado believe it's time to look at mental health like any other medical crisis. Mental Health Colorado is an advocacy organization trying to change public stigmas associated with mental illness and policies on local, state and ...

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Andrew Romanoff interviewed on KZYR The Zephyr

Listen to Weez interview Andrew Romanoff, President & CEO of Mental Health Colorado, about barriers to accessing mental health care in Colorado before Wednesday's Conversation with Colorado in Vail. Click here to listen to their discussion.  

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Mental health summit address funding shortfalls

Pitkin County officials are leading a two-day charge this week to address mental health services throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Reporter Alycin Bektesh sat in on the opening session of the summit yesterday and has been covering the area’s mental health services for some time. She speaks with producer Christin Kay about the multi-agency approach to increase mental health services. Listen to the story on Aspen Public Radio.

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In Aspen, Andrew Romanoff shines light on mental illness

Andrew Romanoff is on a mission to put mental illness on par with cancer. The former speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives and current mental health advocate said Monday that just 40 percent of Coloradans with a mental illness receive treatment for it. "What if only 40 percent of Americans with cancer got treatment?" Romanoff said during a presentation at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen. "There would be a huge outcry." In general, 4 to 5 percent of the population suffer from a serious mental illness, which translates to between 200,000 and 250,000 ...

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Former house speaker will present on mental health issues in Aspen

The head of a mental health advocacy organization currently backing a bill in the state capitol that would end the practice of holding those experiencing an acute mental health crisis in jail is speaking in Aspen on Monday to kick off a strategic planning session for local public health leaders. Andrew Romanoff, who served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2001 through 2009, and for his final four years as the house speaker, will give remarks during an 8 to 9:30 a.m. talk at the Aspen Colorado Mountain College campus which is open to the public. Attendees ...

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Andrew Romanoff talks mental health treatment in Aspen, April 10th

Andrew Romanoff, former Colorado state representative, is now president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to him about why mental health and substance abuse continue to top the list of public health issues locally and across the state. Romanoff comes to Aspen on Monday at 8 AM at CMC to talk about mental health. Listen to his interview on KDNK Community Radio here. 

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Mental Health Colorado: Mental health holds in jails have to go

By Jen Marnowski Special to the Daily Record One of the biggest mental health issues the Colorado General Assembly will address this session is the placement of individuals on involuntary mental health holds in jails. Current law allows law enforcement to put a person having a mental health crisis in jail, without charges, if they are a danger to themselves or others. Colorado is one of only six states where this practice is still legal. The bill known as SB17-207 (Senate Bill 207) would stop this practice and improve the system of care set up to help people in ...

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Don’t Let TrumpCare Unravel Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Under ACA

By: Debbie Plotnick As Vice President for Mental Health and Systems Advocacy at Mental Health America, it’s my job to work to change hearts, minds, and especially policy. As I think about where we’ve been regarding access to mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) treatment, I see unprecedented (although maybe not perfect) successes that have happened over the last few years. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or it’s more commonly known as Obamacare, is (without hyperbole) the best thing to happen to access to mental health and substance use disorder ...

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Bill expands mental health support for rural communities

KUSA - Mental illness is not a crime, yet Coloradans who suffer a mental health crisis can still find themselves in a jail cell for up to 24 hours. A bill introduced into the Colorado Senate last week would do away with the practice that happens mostly in rural counties along the western slope that have limited access to mental health resources. “We’re only one of six states left in the country that allows this practice,” Moe Keller said, vice president of public policy for Mental Health Colorado. Keller sat on a panel made up of legislators, county ...

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Colorado and Company KUSA-TV

Sign up for the Lead Workshop. It's Friday, March 10 at the PPA Event Center in Denver. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Register online at www.MentalHealthColorado.org. You can also call 720.208.2233 for more information. Registration closes Wednesday, March 8.

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