987 results for author: Mental Health Colorado


The Longevity Project, Part 3: Mental health impacts of pandemic are multifaceted

September 12, 2021 By: Kari Dequine Harden Local mental health care providers are seeing a higher patient load than ever. And nationally, research shows an increase in anxiety, depression, burnout, sadness and substance use since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is impacting our mental health,” said Lilia Luna, behavioral health director for Northwest Colorado Health. And the national trends “align with what we are seeing in Northwest Colorado.” “It’s been a year unlike any other,” said Justin Ross, a licensed clinical psychologist and director of UCHealth’s workplace well-being program. “Very few people have gotten ...

EN ESPAÑOL Los estados tienen dinero para gastar en salud mental, pero quizá no dure

September 8, 2021 By: Sophie Quinton DENVER — Colorado es conocido como la meca de la salud y la vida al aire libre. Sin embargo, un porcentaje de residentes estatales superior al promedio nacional lucha contra las enfermedades mentales, los pensamientos suicidas o el consumo excesivo de drogas o alcohol, según encuestas federales. Read the full article in the Colorado Tribune

Federal class action lawsuit draws attention to children with mental health issues

September 3, 2021 By: Marianne Goodland BB is 16. Instead of going to school or hanging out with friends, she's been living in the emergency room of a local hospital since July 1. You read that right: more than two months, because the state has been unable to find an appropriate residential treatment program for her in Colorado. Read the full article in The Colorado Springs Gazette

Federal class action lawsuit draws attention to children with mental health issues

September 3, 2021 By: Marianne Goodland BB is 16. Instead of going to school or hanging out with friends, she's been living in the emergency room of a local hospital since July 1. You read that right: more than two months, because the state has been unable to find an appropriate residential treatment program for her in Colorado. Read the full article in Colorado Politics

State Spending on Mental Health Rises. But for How Long?

September 7, 2021 By: Sophie Quinton States have set aside millions of federal dollars for mental health and substance use disorder services, but the money must be spent by the end of 2026. Then, states will have to find other ways to fund the programs. Read the full article in Governing Magazine

States Have Money to Spend on Mental Health, but It May Not Last

September 2, 2021 By: Sophie Quinton Article originally found in Stateline DENVER — Colorado’s known as a mecca for healthy, outdoorsy types. Yet a higher share of state residents than the national average struggle with mental illness, suicidal thoughts or heavy drug or alcohol use, according to federal surveys. The COVID-19 pandemic—with its accompanying job losses, school closures and bereavements—has made the situation worse. Now Colorado policymakers are gearing up to spend big on mental health and substance use disorder services, thanks to the March federal COVID-19 relief package, the mammoth American Rescue Plan Act. ...

Colorado lawmakers hear pleas to reform justice system’s linkage to mental health treatment

September 2, 2021 By: Michael Karlik Colorado lawmakers on Wednesday heard from in-state and out-of-state experts about the need to disrupt the relationship between mental illness and the criminal justice system, with a message that jail-based services and police contacts are unhelpful interventions for those in severe crisis. Read the full article in Colorado Politics

More help on the way: How Eagle County is building up behavioral health resources

September 2, 2021 By: Scott Miller It wasn’t so long ago that Eagle County was in a behavioral health crisis. One of the problems was a lack of resources to help people in crisis. That’s changed, and continues to change. The change started in 2017. Eagle County voters by a wide margin passed Ballot Measure 1A, which imposed an additional tax on recreational marijuana sales. Vail Health in April 2019 pledged $60 million over 10 years to behavioral health projects, and began a separate $100 million fundraising effort in Dec. 2019. Vail Health also created Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, which has put resources into local clinics and is a ...

COURT CRAWL | High-profile murder convictions get reconsidered, mental health law called into question

August 30, 2021 By: Michael Karlik Welcome to Court Crawl, Colorado Politics' roundup of news from the third branch of government. The Court of Appeals had a busy week, from considering the fairness of high-profile murder trials to deciding a multimillion-dollar penalty against a for-profit college must be retried. Plus, one judge called into question the constitutionality of a mental health law in Colorado. Read the full article in Colorado Politics  

Colorado is expanding mental health support for teachers, students ahead of uncertain school year

August 20, 2021 By: Nicole Brady Originally appeared on the Denver 7 Channel As another uncertain school year gets underway in Colorado, mental health for teachers and students is a top concern. Two bills that passed in the 2021 Legislature will provide more support for both. The Supporting Our Educator Workforce Act will create new programs to recruit and retain teachers, with financial incentives like student loan forgiveness, and more support for their mental well-being. A second bill, Rapid Mental Health Response for Colorado Youth, will provide a mental health assessment and three free treatment sessions for all Colorado youth. ...