Brianna Titone (D)
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Do you support school policies and funding that increase the availability of mental health services in schools and early childhood settings?
- Yes: This is of critical importance for so many reasons beyond obvious violence. Children are coming from so many disadvantaged environments and conditions that any increase in care at school is more necessary and helpful than ever.
Do you support additional funding for follow-up care for individuals after a suicide attempt or overdose?
- Yes: Every time our healthcare safety nets cut off someone before they receive adequate and proper care, those people are at risk. We must demonstrate caring with policy.
Do you support extreme risk protection orders?
- Yes: As a gun owner, I fully support these orders as prioritizing the safety of all.
Do you support strengthening laws and transparency requirements compelling insurance companies to provide coverage for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders that is equal to the coverage provided for a physical illness?
- Yes: Invisible illnesses are still illnesses. Denial of coverage is wrong – ideally we’d have universal coverage without conditions, but until then, I would support expanded insurance coverage at every opportunity.
Do you support strengthening requirements that insurance companies have enough mental health and substance use professionals to guarantee their members have a choice of provider?
- Yes: Same concern about the existence of networks in the first place, but yes – the insured can’t be in a position where they are denied coverage de facto by insufficient provider options.
Do you support requirements that hospitals and other providers report information on treatment availability to help individuals, hospitals and law enforcement locate available treatment for people in crisis?
Do you support providing state funds to expand capacity for mental health and substance use treatment in underserved areas of the state?
- Yes: Especially considering the parts of Colorado that are economically depressed, and have correspondingly high rates of substance abuse and deaths, a policy of this type would save lives today.
Do you support additional state investments in affordable housing with supportive services for people with mental health or substance use disorders?
- Yes: I am familiar with power law distribution and fully support housing the populations at greatest risk.