Blog


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 ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More


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 ...

Read More


STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH FORUM

April 1, 2018 As the race for Colorado governor heats up it's important to know where the candidates are on mental health. Watch our State of Mental Health Forum recap to see where they stand.

Read More


Unanimous

March 30, 2018 Put six Republicans and three Democrats on the same stage, and you might not expect them to agree on anything. When it comes to improving mental health care, however, you can find common ground. Nine candidates shared a stage last week at our first-ever gubernatorial forum. If you were among the 400 people who joined us, thank you! Even if you couldn’t make it, you can watch the forum (thanks to Children’s Hospital Colorado and Costello Productions) here. If you don’t have an hour, check out this four-minute recap. The candidates fielded ...

Read More


Dollars and sense

April 16, 2018 Talk is cheap. And when it comes to mental health care, so is Washington. The President has devoted a lot of words to mental health in recent weeks—without the dollars to match. In fact, the administration’s new budget plan would make it more difficult for Americans to get care. Compared to current projections, the administration’s plan calls for deep cuts to Medicaid and Medicare; school safety initiatives; and treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. The plan would also eliminate federal funding for a program of screening, ...

Read More


Dear Governor

March 7, 2018 Last night’s Democratic and Republican caucuses brought together thousands of Coloradans—roughly the same number running for governor! If you didn’t get to meet one of the candidates, here’s your chance… Join us on March 23 for our first-ever gubernatorial forum. We’re inviting the contenders for Colorado’s top job to tell us how they would improve care for people with mental health and substance use disorders. Now we’re inviting you not only to attend the forum but also to submit questions. Share your suggestions at deargovernor@me...

Read More


Parkland

February 17, 2018 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 ...

Read More


No joke

February 9, 2018 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 ...

Read More


On the menu

February 2, 2018 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 ...

Read More