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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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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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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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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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How’s it working?

Mental health parity. It’s not just a good idea. It’s the law. Parity requires most insurance companies to provide equal coverage for mental and physical care. That means insurers cannot impose more restrictions on mental health or substance use treatment than on other medical services. How’s the law working? That’s what we’d like to know. Please take a moment to complete this brief, confidential survey. Tell us if you, a family member, or a patient has ever been denied reimbursement or care. By the way, if you have concerns about private insurance ...

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Behind bars

“I run the largest mental health facility in Boulder County,” Joe Pelle told an audience near the State Capitol yesterday. “It’s called the county jail.” Sheriff Pelle is not alone. An estimated two-thirds of the inmates in America’s jails have a mental health disorder. Some of those behind bars face no charges at all. They’re taken into custody because they experience a mental health crisis, pose an imminent danger to themselves or others, and have nowhere else to go. Is this the best we can do, Dave? Not by a long shot. We’re urging state ...

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Lights! Camera! Legislation!

What happens when you put 100 people in one building for 120 days? We’re about to find out. The General Assembly began its work on Wednesday, January 11th, swearing in a new cast of state lawmakers. Who are they? How will they vote? And what can you do, as a constituent, to influence their decisions? Join us on Thursday, Feb. 2 for Mental Health Colorado’s Hill Day. We’ll start the morning with a dynamic round of advocacy training, then walk over to the State Capitol to meet our representatives and senators. You’ll learn about some of the most important ...

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Replacing the Affordable Care Act

Trust us. That’s what some members of Congress are telling their constituents -- by vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a plan to replace it. We’d rather not. This week Mental Health Colorado joined a coalition of more than 100 organizations across the state in an urgent plea to our Congressional delegation: craft a new plan first. Repealing the current law and postponing its replacement would only create, in the coalition’s words, “uncertainty and chaos.” Where do you stand? Contact your representative and senators to let them know. At ...

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