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What’s six hours old, 142 pages long, and capable of changing one-sixth of the American economy? If you guessed the “Better Care Reconciliation Act,” you’re right. Senate Republicans just released their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. That gives us one week to weigh in on the proposal before the Senate is expected to vote on it. We oppose many of the provisions we’ve seen, including threats to mental health and substance use services -- which insurers might no longer have to cover as essential benefits -- and deep cuts to Medicaid. We want to hear ...

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A critical gap

How do we recruit more mental health professionals -- and retain those we have? Those questions gained new urgency this month. A severe staffing shortage has plunged Colorado’s largest psychiatric hospital into turmoil. Federal regulators have told the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo that its conditions pose an “immediate and serious threat to the health and safety of patients.” The institute will lose an estimated $12 million in Medicare and Medicaid funding -- roughly 13 percent of its total operating budget -- on June 28 unless it implements ...

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Men’s Health Month: Man Therapy

The statistics say it all: working-age men (25-64 years old) account for the largest number of suicide deaths in the United States. They are four times more likely than women to die from suicide. These men are also the least likely to receive support – they don’t talk about their experiences with friends and family or ask professionals for help, according to the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention. During Men’s Health Month in June, Mental Health Colorado wants to focus on changing this mindset. Men must talk about their feelings. A local advertising firm, ...

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Biking the California coast for mental health

A local triathlete starts a journey Wednesday, June 7th cycling about 2-thousand miles to raise awareness for mental health. 25-year old Coloradan Dominique Stasulli is biking the entire Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to San Diego in about two weeks. She says she’s never seen the Pacific and wanted to do something for a cause that’s important to her while she’s on vacation. She has PTSD and depression from experiencing emotional and physical abuse when she was a child. "As I ride these 2,000 miles, please join me vicariously in supporting the mental ...

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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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