Special Honoree: Governor John Hickenlooper

Governor John Hickenlooper has worked throughout his time in office to bring quality mental health and substance use services to Coloradans. He helped create the Colorado State Innovation Model to help integrate physical health and mental health and substance use services in primary care settings. The governor also started a housing program initiative. It provides wrap-around services like mental health care and job training to reduce incarceration, hospitalization, and homelessness for many of Colorado’s most vulnerable citizens. Hickenlooper was ...

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Employer of the Year: GE Johnson

GE Johnson’s focus on being a top employer, combined with Safety as a Company value, fosters investment in the well-being of its employees, including their mental health. The Chairman and CEO of GE Johnson Holdings, Inc., Jim Johnson has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry and a passion for giving back to the community. Jim led the formation of the GE Johnson Construction Company Foundation to focus on workforce development, the arts, and youth. His experience with numerous nonprofit organizations and his generosity have been recognized ...

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Janice Sinden

Janice Sinden joined the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) as President & CEO in September 2016, leading the largest non-profit theatre organization in the nation. The diversity of Janice’s career path has allowed her to support rich cultural experiences, access to education, and community involvement through her interest in politics. Before the DCPA, she served as Chief of Staff for Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock for five years where she managed 60 appointees, 26 departments and the day-to-day complexities that come with running a major metropol...

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Jonathan & Julia Gordon

It is our honor to be asked to be co-chairs of the 2018 Tribute Gala. Mental Health Colorado matches our vision and passion in advocating for those individuals with mental health disorders. For too long, mental health has been stigmatized and minimized for many reasons that are no longer acceptable. It is a right to expect and receive quality care for symptoms of mental illness just as one would for symptoms affecting physical health. Our work on the Board of Directors of Mental Health Colorado—or asking our political leaders to support and promote policies and bills ...

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MORE CONTROVERSY OVER PUSH FOR RED FLAG LAWS

By: Shaul Turner July 16, 2018 DENVER -- Gun violence involving those with mental health issues sits at the center of the debate over what can be done to keep it from happening. Former lawmaker Andrew Romanoff, now CEO of Mental Health Colorado is fighting to keep guns out of the hands of those struggling with mental health issues and to make sure they receive the treatment they need. Romanoff said a red flag bill, named in honor of fallen Douglas County sheriff's deputy Zackari Parrish, had the potential to save lives by allowing the courts to temporar...

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WOMAN WANTS CLIMB TO HIGHLIGHT MENTAL HEALTH

By: Nick Puckett July 9, 2018 A local woman is setting out to summit Mount Kilimanjaro at age 65 in an effort to raise awareness for mental health. Claire Averill, of Highlands Ranch, will begin her eight-day trip up the highest point in Africa on July 12. She said the climb will be an intense struggle for her to bring to light the lifetime of struggle people with a mental illness suffer. Averill said this would all be new to her. “I wanted to do something that I felt would be a struggle for me because of what those go through that are afflicted with any mental ...

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TO IMPROVE MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH, RESEARCH MUST PUT PATIENTS FIRST

By: Elena Rios and Doris Browne July 7, 2018 As physicians, we care for patients with acute and chronic diseases every day, doing whatever we can to help them achieve the best health outcomes possible and live long, productive lives. But as leaders of the two largest physician organizations dedicated to health advocacy for racial minority populations in the United States, we know that far too many of the patients our members treat will have less access to the care they need, and see poorer outcomes, than non-minorities. We see these disparities across all ...

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MINORITIES FACE HIGHER RATES OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, LOWER TREATMENT RATES

By: Nicole Brady July 9, 2018 DENVER — This month, Mental Health Colorado is shining the spotlight on minority communities, who deal with mental health issues at a higher rate than white populations. Mental Health Colorado CEO Andrew Romanoff says there are a number of reasons for the disparity, including racism and discrimination, poverty, and a lack of mental health professionals of color. "The therapy relationship depends on finding a mental health care professional who can speak your language, who can understand your culture, who can relate to you." ...

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GOOD NEWS

July 5, 2018 Did you hear the good news? No, really, have you heard any? We’re searching for stories to celebrate—specifically, Coloradans who are making a difference in mental health. Nominate an individual for Mental Health Colorado’s Tribute Gala. Each year, we honor leaders in the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. Past honorees include a therapist in Durango still practicing at 91, a public safety chief in Longmont who forged partnerships between law enforcement and mental health, and a team of students who scaled all ...

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Don Brown

Don Brown was appointed the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture by Governor John Hickenlooper in January 2015. Brown spearheaded the creation of a program to train Colorado Crisis Services hotline operators how to talk to farmers about mental health.  Brown, a third-generation farmer in Yuma County, has run several successful businesses while spending most of his career managing and growing his family’s extensive farm operations. He has also been active in water conservation, energy development, and designing and implementing technological innovations within the ...

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