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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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Colorado Gives Day Thank You

We want to thank all of our supporters for your donations on Colorado Gives Day. You were a part of raising more than $25,000 for Mental Health Colorado. This money helps us help the more than one million Coloradans who experience a mental health or substance use disorder each year. We want all Coloradans to have access to good mental health care. ColoradoGives.org is a year-round, online giving website featuring more than 1,800 nonprofits, including Mental Health Colorado.

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Enjoy the holidays, focus on what really matters

We all know the drill. The anticipation, the excitement and the stress of the holidays. It’s all about one big, happy family, obligations and events to attend, and finding one more present to make everything perfect. Right?!  Wrong. Elizabeth Nelson, a Psychologist with the Colorado Center for Clinical Excellence, says stress is normal over the holidays. It’s how you handle it that makes all the difference. “The more you buy into the ‘perfect family, perfect holiday’ the more it clouds out your ability to do the things that would help you cope,” says ...

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More mental health services for adolescents & adults in Aurora

The summer of 2016 the Medical Center of Aurora did something desperately needed to help adolescents with mental health issues. The hospital added 20 beds to its Adolescent Unit. “The bottom line is kids need treatment, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” said Dr. Scott Adams, Director of Youth services and Quality with Behavioral Health Services at the Medical Center of Aurora. Dr. Adams says there is a drastic shortage of in-patient acute psychiatric help for adolescents and the need goes up during school time. It’s a time when many needs are identifie...

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Something other than the election

I figure you’ll hear enough about the election today. So I’d like to share something else for a change. It’s the story of my friend Evan Silverman. (He’s also my boss, as a member of our board.) Evan describes his journey far better than I could; just watch. If you’re inspired by Evan’s story, I invite you to share your own. We’re building a story bank as part of an ongoing effort to demystify mental illness. You can also share your story in person. Our statewide listening tour -- “A Conversation with Colorado” -- heads to Aurora on Nov. ...

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Cleveland vs. Chicago

Want to start a fight, or at least a good argument? If the presidential contest doesn’t do the trick, try debating Cleveland vs. Chicago. At a time of such deep and bitter division, here’s some news to bring us together: a plan to put more mental health professionals in Colorado’s schools. Gov. Hickenlooper is proposing to increase funding for school nurses, psychologists, social workers and counselors -- 150 new positions in all. That’s not enough to reach every student in Colorado, but it represents a significant improvement. The governor’s proposal would ...

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Smokescreen

When you make a living -- or, I should say, a killing -- hooking kids on a lethal product, you can’t get too attached to the truth. Take the tobacco industry, please. No surprise here: the industry is fighting Amendment 72, a proposal to increase Colorado’s tobacco tax. And the industry’s arguments are about as accurate as the health claims it used to make. Opponents call Amendment 72 a “blank check” -- an attack that fact-checkers have exposed as misleading and false. As 9News and Fox 31 have noted, the measure spells out exactly where the revenue will ...

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Unmasked: Tribute 2016 Thank You

It takes teamwork to pull off an event with over 500 people attending, and that’s exactly what it took for Tribute 2016. Everyone played a role in making Tribute a success, from all of us on staff to our boards, co-chairs, and volunteers. The list is long and we can’t thank people enough for sharing their stories and their support. Their contributions filled the night with special moments: Thank you to Bianca Mikahn, Kasey Sparacio, and Tony Fuller for sharing their very personal stories of ups and downs, unmasking mental illness. Thank you to the honorees ...

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Mental Health Colorado legislative action

Mental Health Colorado is active in the state legislature. Our mission is to engage the public and policymakers on mental health issues. Our policy team tracked 40 bills in this year’s legislative session:  we supported 17 bills, all but four passed. We also opposed four bills, all were defeated. And Mental Health Colorado monitored the remaining 19 bills. To see our entire public policy report click here. Mental Health Colorado is also committed to informing the public by creating a scorecard on how legislators voted on bills we tracked. To see how your ...

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May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here you will find many of the events and activities we have planned for this month in one place. Also, Mental Health Colorado's theme for the month is 'get screened.'  You will find the screenings on our website: mentalhealthcolorado.org/screenings. Calendar of Events  May 2nd: May is Mental Health Month Proclamation ceremony at capitol. People take the mental health screening tests to go with our “get screened” theme for the month. All week tables are set up at the capitol, 1st floor north foyer, with literature on ...

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