DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF: ‘RED FLAG BILL’ COULD HAVE SAVED DEPUTY PARRISH’S LIFE

Bill would allow law enforcement to seize weapons By: Jaclyn Allen                 DENVER -- Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock calls himself "a Second Amendment Guy." "I think everyone should have guns. If you want them you can have them," said Spurlock. "Except for two groups of people. If you're a criminal out committing crimes, I don't think you should have guns. But also if you're in a mental health crisis, we should be able to both protect you from yourself and the community." That exception ...

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BILL WOULD PROVIDE TREATMENT AND HOUSING TO PEOPLE WITH SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS

By: Noel Brennan, 9News Under the bill, the Office of Behavioral Health would be tasked to come up with a plan for expanding access to transitional services for individuals experiencing a mental health emergency. KUSA – Judith Wilson holds onto the memories of her son before the cycle began. “This is one of my favorites,” Wilson said, flipping through photos of her son, Forrest. “He was born with a full head of auburn hair.” Forrest is now 23. “From [the age of] five until now, he’s been dealing with the ...

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THE LAGGING STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH CARE

By: Jamie Siebrase Annette and Paul’s daughter ran a thriving business and owned real estate in their hometown of Pueblo. Then she turned 33, and things changed dramatically. “She talked about being a spirit medium,” Annette says. Paranoia began. Mysterious entities stole clothes, moved belongings and spoke to Annette’s daughter through earbuds. “We knew something was wrong, but we felt like deer in the headlights,” Paul says. He couldn’t reason with his daughter, and since she was an adult, he couldn’t force her to get help. The couple, who ...

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BILL AIMS TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH HELP, ACCOUNTABILITY

By: J. Adrian Stanley, The Colorado Independent Those seeking mental health care in Colorado should have a lot working in their favor. Laws require insurance carriers to provide an adequate number of providers and supply equal coverage for mental and physical health care. And in Colorado, state rules dictate that a person seeking non-emergency mental health care is required to be provided care within seven days. Yet, a December 2017 report from Milliman Research found that Coloradans go out of network for mental health care around seven times as often as they do for ...

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Help us all

April 18, 2018 Jill Conner’s two daughters struggled with drug addiction. Both also had insurance coverage, but that’s where the similarities end. Jill’s older daughter couldn’t find a treatment facility that would accept her insurance. Three days before her 27th birthday, she overdosed on fentanyl and died in her parents’ home. Her younger sister found care—at a facility in Utah. She is now two years in recovery. Jill shared her children’s stories, and her support for House Bill 18-1357, with the state legislature yesterday. The bill would ...

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Countdown

April 11, 2018 Four weeks. That’s all the time we have left before this year’s legislative session ends. But it’s enough time to pass a “red flag” law. These laws create extreme risk protection orders, allowing guns to be temporarily removed from the homes of people who pose a significant danger to themselves or others. Six states have now enacted such laws; Colorado has not. We’re urging lawmakers to introduce and pass this measure before time runs out. Please ask your state representative and your state senator to sign on today. Extreme risk ...

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PENDING LEGISLATION WOULD ENSURE CHILDREN CAN ACCESS MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

By: Jena Hausmann, Andrew Romanoff What would you do if you had to give up your child in order to access mental health services? For some Coloradans, this is a reality. Colorado ranked 48th in the country for overall youth mental health, according to Mental Health America’s 2018 “The State of Mental Health in America” report. This same report estimates that more than 13 percent of Colorado teens ages 12-17 have had at least one major depressive episode in the last year. Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Coloradans aged 10-24, according to the ...

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COLORADO’S GOVERNOR, DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS WANT TO ALLOW JUDGES TO SEIZE GUNS FROM PEOPLE IN CRISIS. NOW THEY NEED GOP SUPPORT.

“Red flag” bills have passed in several states, including Florida, where the legislature is GOP-controlled By: Jesse Paul and John Frank, The Denver Post A series of recent fatal shootings in Colorado and nationwide is leading Gov. John Hickenlooper and state Democratic lawmakers to push for a “red flag law” that would allow judges to temporarily seize guns from people they consider to be a threat. The late effort is part of a nationwide discussion about the intersection of mental health and the Second Amendment after the February massacre at a South Florida ...

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OLDER BRAIN CELLS CAN CREATE NEW CELLS TOO

By Amy Norton, WebMD THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to popular thought, older adults' brains can churn out just as many new cells as younger brains do, a new study suggests. Using autopsied brain tissue, researchers found that healthy older adults had the same capacity to create new cells in the brain's hippocampus region as young adults did. The hippocampus is involved in regulating memory and emotions, and it typically shrinks in people with Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. The new findings give a snapshot ...

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DENVER BALLOT INITIATIVE AIMS TO FINANCE MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS

By: John Daley, CPR News A ballot initiative in Denver could bring in tens of millions of dollars a year to help those with mental health and substance disorder issues. State lawmaker Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat, is spearheading the "Caring 4 Denver" campaign.  She says the proposal makes financial sense because if it’s passed by voters it could fund a variety of mental health programs. The proposal calls for a one-quarter of 1 percent sales tax -- that's 25 cents on a $100 purchase. "We know that if people who suffer from a mental health ...

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