Our next governor

Who will lead Colorado in 2019? What will that mean for our state’s approach to mental illness? We’re inviting Colorado’s gubernatorial candidates to share their views—and answer your questions—on mental health and substance use policy. Join us on March 23 for our first-ever gubernatorial forum: The State of Mental Health. Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot now. If you can’t attend, please consider sponsoring a student instead. Submit your questions beforehand to deargovernor@mentalhealthcolorado.org.  For thousands of Coloradans, access ...

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Parkland

I spent a lot of time this week trying to write about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. I kept coming up short, and last night I finally realized why. Words are too weak. Words can’t capture our grief, our outrage, our sense of horror. They can’t bring a loved one back to life. And they can’t make us safer; only action can do that. There are plenty of actions we could take to reduce the risk of gun violence. Yet Washington has resisted even common-sense reforms. Now many politicians—some well-meaning, others eager for a distraction—are ...

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DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE

DENVER - Are there disparities in access to mental health care? We're talking with Andrew Romanoff, the President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. Watch the interview here   Originally appeared on 9News Denver

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DEPUTY TRAGEDIES SPUR REMINDER OF COLORADO MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINE

By Jakob Rodgers, The Gazette An easily accessible resource is available for anyone struggling to deal with the drumbeat of shootings across the Front Range. The state's hotline for anyone facing a mental health crisis - no matter the circumstances - can be reached at 844-493-8255 or by texting the word "TALK" to 38255. Colorado Crisis Services established the phone line more than three years ago as part of a statewide push to bolster mental health services after the 2012 Aurora theater shootings. On Monday, the leader of Mental Health Colorado reminded ...

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MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES ENCOURAGE OFFICERS TO SEEK HELP FOLLOWING LINE OF DUTY DEATHS

By Andy Koen, KOAA COLORADO SPRINGS - The death of a coworker is traumatic. For Colorado law enforcement agencies, it's happened with tremendous frequency this year. It's one reason why mental health advocates want to get the word out that it's okay to reach out for help. "We're encouraging folks, including officers to seek counseling," said Andrew Romanoff, President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. "It's one of the reasons Colorado has set up a 24/7 counseling and crisis call line." He points out that State lawmakers updated the Workers Compensation Act ...

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No joke

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Two Democrats and two Republicans walk into a room. A brawl doesn’t break out. There’s no punchline here—just a welcome display of bipartisanship. That’s the story behind House Bill 1094, one of our top priorities in this year’s legislative session. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Leslie Herod (D-Denver) and Cole Wist (R-Centennial) and Sens. Beth Martinez Humenik (R-Thornton) and Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City), would reauthorize the Child Mental Health Treatment Act, which is due to expire next year. The law ...

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IN ADDRESSING EAGLE COUNTY’S MENTAL HEALTH CARE VOID, PROGRESS IS SLOW, BUT STEADY

By Matt Bloom - KUNC MORNING EDITION, January 30, 2018 At a public health meeting in Eagle County, where frustrated mothers sat next to uniformed sheriff’s deputies and tired doctors, Chris Lindley, the county’s public health director, tried to wrap his head around how things could have gotten so bad. “I can promise you nobody in this room can tell the rest of us all the mental health services, systems, how someone gets into them and how they all work together,” he said. “Can anybody describe ...

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On the menu

Put 100 people in a gold-domed building. Add a mix of ideologies, a dash of political intrigue, and $30 billion. Simmer for 120 days. That’s a recipe for Colorado’s 71st General Assembly, whose second regular session is now underway. What’s cooking? We invite you to find out: join Mental Health Colorado on Tuesday, Feb. 6 for a live webinar. Even if you can’t make it then, you can track—and shape—the legislature’s decisions by visiting our new advocacy page. Follow key bills, contact state lawmakers, and learn more about mental health and substance ...

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A question

Why didn’t you get the mental health care you needed? The Colorado Health Institute posed that question in a recent statewide survey. The answer from an estimated 90,000 Coloradans: “I was worried about what would happen if someone found out.” That’s a large and troubling number—and it doesn’t seem to be going down. A similar share of the population cited the same concern five years ago. The question for all of us: What can we do about it? First, we can make good on the laws we’ve passed. The law bans discrimination on the basis of mental health ...

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OPIOID CRISIS: STATE LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE SEVERAL BILLS

DENVER - State lawmakers introduce a series of bills to combat the opioid crisis in Colorado. 7News takes a closer look at the proposals.  

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