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Report: 2017-2018 Mental Health Ballot Measures in Colorado Counties

Posted January 12, 2021 Executive Summary Mental Health Colorado sought to better understand the stories behind 2017 and 2018 local ballot measures that provide funding for mental health services in five Colorado counties. We collected information from publicly available documents and spoke with key informants from the counties, all of whom play leadership roles in the passing, implementation, or sustainability of their respective ballot measures. This was an effort to hear more about the work being done, what successes and challenges were experienced, what further ...

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Colorado Office of Behavioral Health Prioritizes Sensible Approach to Promoting Health and Safety

Mental Health Colorado released the following statement:   Casting police and sheriffs in the lead role for responding to the mental health needs of the population is neither appropriate, nor healthy, nor sound fiscal policy. The legacy of our society’s systematic discrimination against people with mental health needs—defaulting to law enforcement and the justice system to respond to health crises—is a wasteful misapplication of resources and yields poor health and safety outcomes at tremendous cost to individuals, communities, and the economy at ...

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Our sincerest gratitude

On behalf of everyone at Mental Health Colorado, thank you to everyone who gifted a donation to Mental Health Colorado yesterday on Colorado Gives Day. There would be no statewide champion to advocate for mental health without the generous support of our donors over the years. Your donations have allowed us to remain faithful to our mission for nearly 70 years and will help us continue to advocate and educate in 2021 and beyond. Again, I’d like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation—we are forever thankful for your support. Sin...

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A fantasy football team for mental health

“You’re not alone” are the three simple but powerful words that Denver Bronco Austin Fort will wear on his cleats this Sunday. The talented tight end has faced heartbreaking injuries, including a season-ending ACL tear. Austin knows how important mental health is to his overall wellbeing and performance as a professional athlete, which is why he has chosen to wear Mental Health Colorado’s logo this weekend. We’re honored to be chosen, and we can’t stop here. We want to build an entire fantasy team for mental health so we can finally end the shame and ...

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Mental Health Colorado: Affordable Care Act Statement of Support 

Mental Health America and Mental Health Colorado fought hard for many years to get the protections and services for people with mental health and substance use conditions into law. We will continue to fight against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  At a time when this country is facing a public health crisis unlike any before, eliminating health care access for 19 million citizens is neither cost-efficient nor constructive. Before the implementation of the ACA, over 50 % of personal bankruptcies in the U.S. were due to health care costs.  Symptoms of a ...

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As coronavirus cases continue to surge, don’t forget to prioritize your mental health

The colder months are here, driving many of us indoors. The stress of one of the most contentious elections in our nation’s history has left us feeling divided and frustrated. And coronavirus numbers are surging, affecting everyone’s mental health.   According to a recent report from Mental Health America, our mental health needs are growing and our harmful substance use is on the rise.  As the days get darker, many of us experience seasonal depression, even in the best of times. This year, it goes beyond seasonal depression. Watch out ...

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You only have 24 hours

We’ve heard inspiring stories from our members this past year. It’s these stories of hope, recovery, and, too often, tragedy, that inspire and empower the work we do to create healthier minds across the lifespan. We want to share some of these stories with you this Saturday at 7 p.m. at our 38th Annual Tribute Gala. You only have 24 hours left to secure your spot.  Here’s what else you can expect: Host: Reggie Rivers, Former Denver Bronco Keynote: The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, Former U.S. Representative; Founder, The Kennedy ...

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Really, 2020?

2020. Enough said. Who needs a vacation? We hear you! Our silent auction is OPEN and we’ve got a lot of exciting items —including some getaways—for you to bid on. We can’t promise you an escape from 2020, but we can promise some much-needed R & R. Take a look at a few items here. Register for Tribute right now to check out the silent auction items and start bidding! 38th Annual Tribute Gala   Date: Saturday, October 10 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Click here to register  Sincerely,   Vincent Atchity President & CEO Me...

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Kennedy for Colorado’s Mental Health!

“For far too long, those with mental health and addiction challenges have been relegated to separate and unequal systems of care in this country. Together we must continue the fight to right that wrong and eliminate the roadblocks that prevent people from getting help. Colorado is leading the way, and I’m proud to be part of the movement.”  -Patrick J. Kennedy, Former U.S. Representative, Rhode Island The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative for Rhode Island, is one of our nation’s greatest mental health champions. He will join ...

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One goal

Sept. 24, 2020 You may have heard, but if not, Mental Health Colorado is hosting a series of candidate forums ahead of election day with one goal: ensuring all Colorado voters are confident that anyone they are voting for will lead us in the right direction for mental health. The dates for the forums are as follows: State House – Thurs., Oct. 1 at 12:00 p.m. State Senate – Tues., Sept. 29 at 12:00 p.m. District Attorney and Board of Education – Tues., Oct. 13 at 12:00 p.m. I hope you’ll join us! Sincerely, Vincent Atchity, President ...

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