Mental Health Colorado addresses crisis at mental hospital, state needs

 BY NAT STEIN The Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo (CMHIP) treats pretty challenging patients — some referred from community health centers and some referred from the court system (if they're found "not guilty by reason of insanity" or their competency to stand trial is questioned, as in the case of Robert Dear Jr., the admitted Planned Parenthood shooter, who's currently committed to CMHIP). But the 449-bed, state-run hospital needs some help of its own. The Pueblo Chieftain's Peter Roper has been following this protracted story that took a dire turn ...

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Nonprofit addresses mental health workforce shortage

By Adam Uhernik PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - The nonprofit Mental Health Colorado recently brought health care leaders around one table in Pueblo to brainstorm ideas on how to close the mental health workforce shortage and gap. "There aren't enough people going into the field of providing mental healthcare and there is not enough people staying in that field. We are trying to find out how to close that gap," said president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, Andrew Romanoff. The issue came to the public's attention during the summer when the State Hospital in ...

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Elaine Gantz Berman

Elaine Gantz Berman has dedicated her professional work and community service to improving the lives of Colorado's children. In January, 2015, she completed eight years on the Colorado State Board of Education, and, previously served for eight years on the Denver Board of Education, including four years as its President. Prior to serving in elected office, Elaine also worked for 18 years as a program officer at the Denver-based Piton Foundation, focusing on a wide spectrum of children's issues including adoption, child advocacy, child poverty, teen pregnancy, child ...

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Pegi Touff

Dr. Pegi Touff has been on the Mental Health Colorado Board of Directors for nine years. She also serves on the organization's Development Committee which works year-round to help Mental Health Colorado generate support and increase visibility in communities across the state. She has served on several other boards and committees helping to direct and support mental health organizations. She is now retired after 25 years in private practice as a clinical psychologist, during which time she was also an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Professional Psychol...

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Mental Health Colorado offers help for kids and teens going back to school

COLORADO SPRINGS - by Bill Fulsom Along with new clothes and supplies there is a suggestion for parents to pay attention to their kids mental health as they head back to school. The non-profit group Mental Health Colorado is offering some on-line help. Through MentalHealthColorado.org there are a few tools for parents to check on their kids mental wellness. There is a section called screening. Within the category there is a list of numerous potential mental illness issues. Each one links to a short doctor approved screening test. It is not a diagnosis but it may ...

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Opioid treatment funding

Mental Health Colorado's President and CEO Andrew Romanoff talks about federal funding and the opioid crisis with 9News.

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Justin Kruger

Founder, Project Helping & KyndHub Justin founded Project Helping, a platform for Coloradans to improve their mental wellness by contributing to their community. In Justin’s words: “Like many people living with a mental health challenge, no one close to me knew I was struggling. I had a great job. I was successful. But privately, I was struggling. Then I was invited to volunteer. Volunteering immediately provided an outlet for me. The more I volunteered, the better I felt. The better I felt, the more I started to realize that volunteering was helping me improve my ...

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Paul Reich

Behavioral Health Program Manager, Tri-County Health Network Paul works to expand access to mental health care and educate the public in Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties. He has implemented a series of new initiatives, including teletherapy, bilingual options, and the Tri-County Health Network’s Behavioral Health Strategic Plan. Paul coordinated Telluride’s Communities That Care prevention plan to reduce teen substance use and improve health outcomes. He also teaches Youth Mental Health First Aid free of charge. Paul is a member of the Telluride R-1 School ...

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Haline Grublak

Director of Peer & Advocacy Services, Solvista Health Haline has dedicated her life to ensuring that peers are represented in all areas of the behavioral health care delivery system, as providers, consultants, managers, and policymakers. Haline was a key player in creating the Core Competencies for Peer Specialists, which allows peer services to be reimbursed by Medicaid. She also served on the Peer and Family Subcommittee of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Transformation Council, which brought the Peer and Family Peer Specialist Credential to Colorado. In her ...

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Lifetime Achievement: Therese Michels

Former President, Colorado Association of Psychotherapists A psychotherapist, Therese Michaels is still counseling clients in Durango at the age of 91. Two of her specialties are couples counseling and dream work. Known for her generosity and compassion, she does not accept payment for her current work. As one client put it, Therese used to accept alternative forms of compensation: “My sister paid Therese by painting a mural in her house. I paid her, in part, by doing gardening, but I will never be able to fully repay her. I am a much more confident, healthy, and happy ...

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