Removing barriers to mental health care access

What stops Coloradans from getting the mental health care they need? You can learn a lot by asking them. That's one of the things we've been doing over the past 18 months, as part of a statewide listening tour. A new report from the Colorado Health Institute confirms what we've heard. The report shows that more Coloradans than ever have health insurance. But an estimated 380,000 Coloradans, including 51,500 in El Paso County, still go without mental health care - figures that have barely budged over the last four years. The single biggest barrier: cost. More ...

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Summit County could be leader in fight against mental illness, says president of Mental Health Colorado

By Jack Queen Last year, a record 13 people died of suicide in Summit County, which translates to a rate three times higher than the national average. That disturbing reality has caught the attention of local officials and advocacy groups, who are working to improve access to care and change the way people think about mental illness. That energy has contributed to some tangible results, including a recent announcement by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health that a crisis-stabilization unit will soon be coming to Summit County. Last week, the OBH came to Frisco as ...

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Cha-ching

The Graham-Cassidy bill—a last-ditch attempt to repeal Obamacare—died this week. But one of its sponsors delivered a remarkably revealing eulogy. Sen. Lindsey Graham lamented not only the series of legislative defeats but also the toll they had taken on his party’s finances. “Online giving went down 40 percent after we failed on health care,” he told Politico. “Pledges went down 60 percent.” Graham wasn’t the only lawmaker to fret about the politics of health care reform; he was just the most candid. He described GOP donors as his “employers.” ...

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National suicide prevention week highlights growing suicide rate

By Nicole Brady DENVER -- September 10th through 16th marks National Suicide Prevention Week. Colorado has one of the highest rates of suicide in the nation, averaging about three deaths from suicide every day. Mental Health Colorado President and CEO Andrew Romanoff lost his cousin to suicide in 2015. Since then he has made it his mission to spare other families the anguish his family has experienced. "What gets me up in the morning the notion that we don’t have to accept the status quo--we can do something. In fact, we could make Colorado a national leader in the ...

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It’s National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

KUSA - Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. According to government data, Colorado continuously has among the highest suicide rates in the county trailing Montana, Alaska, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. This video originally appeared on 9News.

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Suicide prevention experts focus on talking about suicide

DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado is ranked 9th in the U.S. for suicides, that’s about 20 suicides for every 100,000 people. CBS4’s Alan Gionet interviewed Mental Health Colorado President and CEO Andrew Romanoff on CBS4 This Morning to discuss suicide prevention. When asked about the rising rate of suicide, Romanoff replied, “Easy access to firearms, stigma, some folks attribute the “Western mentality” of pull yourself up by your bootstraps, don’t get help. And the truth is half a million Coloradans aren’t getting the mental health care they need and ...

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Why is Colorado’s suicide rate so high?

KUSA - Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. And according to government data, Colorado continuously has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, trailing Montana, Alaska, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. Andrew Romanoff with Mental Health Colorado and Maureen Johnson Ediger with the Second Wind Fund joined us on Tuesday at 4 p.m. They answered questions about Colorado’s high suicide rate, what’s being done about it and what to do if you see a loved one struggling with suicidal thoughts. If you need help, call the Suicide ...

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Less than a minute

It will take you less than a minute to read this. By the time you’re done, two Americans will have attempted suicide. Within an hour, five will have died. By Saturday—when National Suicide Prevention Week comes to an end—20 people will have taken their lives in Colorado alone. Those are the facts. They do little justice to the agony that drives so many to suicide, or the anguish they leave behind. The good news: There are steps we can take to prevent suicide. Spot the warning signs. Call or text Colorado Crisis Services. Learn how you can help. It will ...

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Protecting unauthorized immigrant mothers improves their children’s mental health


Colorado DHS agrees to Pueblo meeting about CMHIP

From the FULL COVERAGE: CMHIP in crisis series BY PETER ROPER THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN PROPER@CHIEFTAIN.COM Top state officials responsible for the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo will have a town hall meeting in Pueblo next month to discuss the chronic staffing problems at the hospital. Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and state Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, said they had each gotten the commitment for an October meeting from Reggie Bicha, director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Bicha and other DHS administrators had a series of public meetings around ...

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