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HERE’S WHY ADVOCATES WANT COLORADO STUDENTS TO ASK THE QUESTIONS AT A CANDIDATE FORUM ON MENTAL HEALTH

By: Ann Schimke, Chalkbeat Colorado -- When seven candidates for governor take the stage at a Denver forum on mental health next month, they’ll answer questions from Colorado residents who may still have braces and learner’s permits. Students, that is. Leaders of Mental Health Colorado, the advocacy group organizing the candidate forum on March 23, say they’re soliciting student questions because many young people already understand the impact of mental health problems. “Kids are in some ways the best champions because they’re the closest to this ...

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GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE FORUM TO DISCUSS MENTAL HEALTH POLICY

DENVER, KKTV - Do you have questions for the next Colorado governor about how they would tackle the issue of mental health? The non-profit group 'Mental Health Colorado' is holding the state's first-ever gubernatorial forum on mental health and substance use disorders. The forum will take place March 23 from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the PPA Event Center in Denver. The gubernatorial candidates will answer questions from students, staff and the public. If you are a student and you have a question you want to ask, send it the following email address: deargovernor@mentalhe...

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DISPARITIES IN ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH CARE

DENVER - Are there disparities in access to mental health care? We're talking with Andrew Romanoff, the President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. Watch the interview here   Originally appeared on 9News Denver

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DEPUTY TRAGEDIES SPUR REMINDER OF COLORADO MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINE

By Jakob Rodgers, The Gazette An easily accessible resource is available for anyone struggling to deal with the drumbeat of shootings across the Front Range. The state's hotline for anyone facing a mental health crisis - no matter the circumstances - can be reached at 844-493-8255 or by texting the word "TALK" to 38255. Colorado Crisis Services established the phone line more than three years ago as part of a statewide push to bolster mental health services after the 2012 Aurora theater shootings. On Monday, the leader of Mental Health Colorado reminded ...

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MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES ENCOURAGE OFFICERS TO SEEK HELP FOLLOWING LINE OF DUTY DEATHS

By Andy Koen, KOAA COLORADO SPRINGS - The death of a coworker is traumatic. For Colorado law enforcement agencies, it's happened with tremendous frequency this year. It's one reason why mental health advocates want to get the word out that it's okay to reach out for help. "We're encouraging folks, including officers to seek counseling," said Andrew Romanoff, President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. "It's one of the reasons Colorado has set up a 24/7 counseling and crisis call line." He points out that State lawmakers updated the Workers Compensation Act ...

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IN ADDRESSING EAGLE COUNTY’S MENTAL HEALTH CARE VOID, PROGRESS IS SLOW, BUT STEADY

By Matt Bloom - KUNC MORNING EDITION, January 30, 2018 At a public health meeting in Eagle County, where frustrated mothers sat next to uniformed sheriff’s deputies and tired doctors, Chris Lindley, the county’s public health director, tried to wrap his head around how things could have gotten so bad. “I can promise you nobody in this room can tell the rest of us all the mental health services, systems, how someone gets into them and how they all work together,” he said. “Can anybody describe ...

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OPIOID CRISIS: STATE LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE SEVERAL BILLS

DENVER - State lawmakers introduce a series of bills to combat the opioid crisis in Colorado. 7News takes a closer look at the proposals.  

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MENTAL HEALTH EXPERTS EXPLAIN ‘M1 HOLD’

BY KRISTIN HAUBRICH DENVER --  Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said he plans to tackle the mental health issues in the county and the state after the deadly shooting on New Year’s Eve in Highlands Ranch. Newly released body camera video from the ambush shows deputies Zackari Parrish and Taylor Davis were going to place an M1 hold on Matthew Riehl because he was going through a manic episode. Under Colorado law, if someone is mentally ill and an imminent danger to themselves or others, officers have the right to take them into custody and place them in a ...

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PORTIONS OF BODY CAM FOOTAGE FROM DOUGCO AMBUSH SHOOTING RELEASED

BY: Ryan Haarer and Krystyna Biassou KUSA - Just over a week after an ambush shooting left both the shooter and a young deputy dead, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office released portions of body camera footage of the firefight and what led up to it. In an 8-minute long produced video posted to the agency's Facebook page, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock addresses viewers and says he is attempting to answer lingering questions about that morning. "There’s a lot of information out there and I would like you to hear from me about what happened," Spu...

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THERE WERE NUMEROUS MENTAL HEALTH WARNINGS LEADING UP TO THE DOUGLAS COUNTY DEPUTY SHOOTING. WHY WASN’T THE GUNMAN HOSPITALIZED?

By John Ingold | jingold@denverpost.com and Noelle Phillips | nphillips@denverpost.com | The Denver Post DOUGLAS COUNTY - For the man who killed a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy and wounded six other people, the warning signs were abundant. At various points over the past three years, Matthew Riehl’s parents, friends who served with him in the Wyoming National Guard, professors at his former law school and law enforcement officers in two states all expressed concern about his mental health, according to official documents and interviews. His mother told ...

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