What We DoMental Health Colorado advocates for the more than one million Coloradans who experience a mental health or substance use disorder each year. We engage policymakers, providers, the public, and the press to promote early intervention, expand access to affordable services, and eradicate stigma and discrimination. Our efforts range from the Capitol to the classroom.
Our policy leadership has won national recognition. We helped secure the passage of landmark legislation requiring mental health parity, the development of a statewide crisis response system, and the formation of a 24/7 counseling and support service.
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Mental Health Colorado is a strong proponent of universal screening and early detection – “B4Stage4.” Among other priorities, we seek to ensure that schools have the training and resources they need to identify students at risk of mental health disorders and to refer such students to appropriate services.
Mental Health Colorado presses insurers and regulators to comply with state and federal law – including the guarantee of mental health as an essential benefit, the adequacy of provider networks, and the enforcement of mental health parity. We also champion measures to integrate mental health care into the primary care system; to address the shortage of mental health professionals, especially in rural Colorado; and to steer our state’s criminal justice system toward rehabilitation, not simply incarceration.