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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Laugh it up

What’s so funny?   Join us on March 11 to find out. Regis University and Empowered Partnerships are sponsoring a comedy show and art auction; the proceeds benefit Mental Health Colorado.   Prefer drama? Sign up for our Legislative Education & Advocacy Day on March 10 or register for our webinar. You’ll get breakfast and lunch, along with the latest news from the Congressional battlefront and the State Capitol.   And for dinner? That’s on the schedule this Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Jefferson Unitarian Church.   Visit our events ...

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Hill Day 2017 Webinar

Missed out on Hill Day 2017...Don't worry we created a webinar for you!

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Have you ever been denied mental health care?

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Priceless

“How much do they charge?” That’s what a friend asked me when I encouraged him to testify at the state legislature. His question reminded me how much civics matters. The debates now unfolding in the legislature and in Congress touch every family in Colorado. Whether or not you’ve ever testified (it’s free, by the way), you have a stake in the outcome. That’s why I’m inviting you to our Legislative Education & Advocacy Day. Join us on Friday, March 10, to learn more about mental health care, criminal justice, and other issues on the state and ...

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Lead the way, Colorado

It’s hard to imagine amid the sound and fury in Washington. But in Colorado, at least, it’s still possible for Republicans and Democrats to team up and make a difference. Two of the bills slated for action at the State Capitol next week take aim at mental illness, from different directions. I’m asking you to help us pass both of them. Senate Bill 21 would provide housing assistance and reentry services for Coloradans who have serious mental health or substance use disorders and are transitioning from incarceration. Such programs reduce homelessness and recidi...

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Boulder County study identifies mental health service gaps, barriers

Boulder County residents needing mental health and substance abuse treatment services face gaps in, and barriers of access to, available services, according to a recently released county report. That Community of Hope Mental Health Community Assessment cited such problems as difficulties in getting access to services in a timely manner, the high costs of some services, a growing paucity in the county's behavioral science work force, limited prevention and early detection and intervention services, a scarcity of trained mental health providers in the schools, and a lack ...

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Hill Day: Meet Your Legislator

On February 2nd, Mental Health Colorado and constituents from the Front Range met with legislators at the Capitol to go over our priorities this session. Almost 100 constituents joined us for a workshop to learn about the different mental health issues coming up this session, then walked across the street to the Capitol for face-to-face time with their state representative or state senator. They shared their stories and explained why mental health issues matter to them. We want to thank everyone who came to learn, lobby, and leave a lasting impact at the ...

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