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Response to COVID-19

We are always available to assist members of the media. For all press inquiries, please contact us: Aubree Hughes, Director of Communications: 405-615-3845 | AHughes@mentalhealthcolorado.org Flora Welsh, Communications Associate: 502-727-4329 | FWelsh@mentalhealthcolorado.org Mental Health Colorado President & CEO Vincent Atchity released the following statement: If you’ve ever doubted that mental health and physical health are closely related, you’re probably not so doubtful anymore! As we learn about more cases of COVID-19 and all the measures that ...

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Not a criminal, not a crime

People who need health care shouldn’t be transported in handcuffs. But that’s exactly what happened to Sandra’s son, Drew. In the midst of a mental health crisis, Sandra took what she thought was the right course of action by taking Drew to the hospital. Later, Drew was handcuffed and transported to another hospital in the back of a police car. “I was on the floor begging them not to treat my son in this manner,” Sandra said. “Drew has never regained his trust in treatment providers or in police officers. Drew and I have been deeply and forever ...

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Colorado can’t wait 20 years

March 2, 2020 It’s a common refrain among Coloradans that their insurance plans don’t adequately cover mental health and substance use, despite state and federal parity laws that require equal treatment for mental and physical health. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey just announced settlements with five insurance companies that had been investigated for imposing unlawful barriers to mental health and substance use care. We commend Attorney General Healey and her staff for prioritizing consumers and bringing our country one step closer to mental health ...

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Healthier Minds Across the Lifespan

At every moment in our lives, a healthier mind beats the heck out of the alternative. A strong start for children goes a long way, but through all phases of life, we need each other’s support to do well. Mental wellness should always be the objective for us as we grow up and get older. Mental Health Colorado is your voice for creating healthier minds across the lifespan. We’ve created a platform of bipartisan bills that provide steps in a better direction. We’re nearly a month in to the 2020 legislative session. Send an action alert today to let your ...

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Where will you sleep tonight?

 What would your mental health be like today if you didn’t know where you were spending the night? Stable housing is a number one requirement for improving health outcomes. And for many individuals with mental health and substance use concerns, maintaining stable housing is a persisting challenge. Communities that invest in supportive housing have reduced reliance on some of the most costly parts of our system. It’s far cheaper—and better for the mental health of the community—to invest in supportive housing than it is to manage these challenges ...

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Opening Day!

Imagine a Colorado where the workforce is large enough to help all Coloradans who need care. Imagine a Colorado where families don’t have to squander their savings on treatment for their mental health or substance use condition. Imagine a Colorado where a call for mental health help doesn’t lead to criminal charges. The 2nd session of the 72nd Colorado General Assembly starts today, and we have an ambitious agenda. Want to help? Join us today! Sincerely, Vincent Atchity President & CEO Mental Health Colorado

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A long way

December 17, 2019 Presione aquí para Español Friend, We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. Mental Health Colorado has come a long way since our founding in 1953. Just this year, our efforts and your support resulted in remarkable achievements­—such as increasing funding for mental health and substance use care, helping over 1,000 schools implement a comprehensive mental health framework, and leading the fight for the enforcement of mental health parity. Your dollars go a long way to support our work. The accomplishments listed ...

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This Thanksgiving

November 25, 2019 Presione aquí para Español Friend, I have much to be thankful for this year, and a great deal of that has to do with my mental health and the mental health of my family and friends. At the same time, I'm strongly aware that life can throw some curveballs. Countless others are in distress, and all of us are at risk. Mental Health Colorado was established to work with you and our community partners to make sure that all Coloradans have healthier minds. A few of the most important ways we do this is by improving access to high-quality, ...

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Making time for what’s important to us

November 1, 2019 Friend, 40+ hour work weeks, families to care for, errands to run. Our hectic lifestyles leave us little to no time to devote to the causes we care about most. Colorado Gives Day reminds us to give back with a few clicks of a button. But you don’t have to wait until December 10, you can schedule your donation today! Your support has enabled us to achieve some incredible accomplishments this past year. Together, we passed new laws and policies that will: Increase the availability of mental health services ...

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Statement: Arapahoe Student Suicide

October 25, 2019 Media contact: Flora Welsh, 502.727.4329 Mental Health Colorado issued the following statement today:  These are heartbreaking times for our community. Colorado lost a student to suicide this past week. Mental Health Colorado shares in our community’s collective sorrow, worry, and insistence on meaningful progress in understanding and prevention. What we can do Adults can support students impacted by these events. It’s important to provide reassurance, answer questions honestly, encourage kids to express their emotions, and be a little less ...

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