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TOO MANY VETERANS ARE SUFFERING; HERE’S WHAT WE’RE DOING

By: Leroy Garcia Nov. 11, 2018 Not all wounds are visible. Too many veterans suffer in silence from mental wounds related to their military service. Today, we celebrate the more than 400,000 veterans in Colorado and more than 20 million veterans across this county. I served in Iraq in the United States Marine Corps for more than six years, and ensuring that our veterans are taken care of is something I care about deeply. The reality is that too many of our veterans, nearly 50 percent according a recent study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, ...

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DPD’S CO-RESPONDER UNIT HOPES TO GET A BOOST FROM CARING 4 DENVER

By: Conor McCormick-Cavanaugh Nov. 5, 2018 Tuesday, November 6, is fast approaching, and Denver residents are now voting on various state- and citywide ballot initiatives. One such initiative is Caring 4 Denver. Created by Representative Leslie Herod and endorsed by influential Coloradans like Wilma Webb and Cynthia Coffman, the initiative would raise Denver's sales tax by .25 percent to bolster the city's mental health resources and substance abuse treatment programs. If the initiative passes, 10 percent of the revenue would be earmarked for the Crisis Interv...

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HAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

November 3, 2018 Andrew Romanoff from Mental Health Colorado joins us for a conversation on what needs to be done to increase the availability of mental health services in the state. Originally appeared on 9News.

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COLORADO VOTERS WILL SEE A RECORD NUMBER OF MENTAL HEALTH MEASURES ON THEIR BALLOT

By: John Daley, CPR News Nov. 1, 2018 The 2018 ballot for many Coloradans will reflect the dire state of mental health, suicide and addiction in the state. Voters across multiple counties will consider a dozen proposals to fund mental health services, a record number for the Colorado ballot. “More and more communities recognize it is much cheaper, smarter and humane to prevent or treat issues of mental illness rather than to ignore it or criminalize it. We've learned that the hard way," Mental Health Colorado CEO and president Andrew Romanoff said. In ...

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AT LEAST 12 LOCAL BALLOT QUESTIONS SEEK FUNDING INCREASE FOR MENTAL HEALTH

By: Matt Bloom Oct. 31, 2018 Voters across Colorado are deciding the fate of at least a dozen local ballot measures seeking funding for better mental health care services. The questions range from tax increases to local budget shuffling — all aimed at building up prevention and treatment services in schools, jails and hospitals. Andrew Romanoff is president of Mental Health Colorado. He spoke at a Fort Collins event in support of Larimer County’s sales tax question, Issue 1A, on Oct. 30. He says the topic is resonating for many people. “I think ...

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MENTAL HEALTH MEASURE GETS SUPPORT FROM FORMER LEGISLATOR

By: Paul Albani-BurgioReporter-Herald Staff Writer October 24, 2018 Larimer County is once again deciding how to vote on a ballot issue that would raise taxes by 0.25 percent to provide mental health issue identification, support and treatment services to county residents. On Wednesday, former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Andrew Romanoff spoke to the members of the Loveland Lions Club about why he felt voters should support Ballot Issue 1A, the toll of mental health issues in Colorado and how local communities can ...

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PARTNERS FOR CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH GETS GRANT TO HELP KIDS’ MENTAL HEALTH

By: Faith Miller October 24, 2019 Partners for Children’s Mental Health, a program out of Children’s Hospital Colorado, will get a $2.8 million grant from the state attorney general’s office to launch an initiative improving kids’ access to care. Plans include assessing the state’s pediatric mental health needs, improving care for kids in rural areas, training pediatric physicians on mental health and implementing a School Mental Health Toolkit across Colorado school districts. The toolkit, developed by nonprofit Mental Health Colorado, is a free ...

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COLORADO LAUNCHING SUICIDE PREVENTION EFFORTS

By: Mary Shinn October 21, 2018 New efforts to improve mental health care for children and teenagers across Colorado will be rolled out over the next two to three years. The Colorado Attorney General’s Office is providing $2.8 million in grant funding to improve pediatric mental health care and support school-based mental health programming. Suicide is the leading cause of death for those 10 to 24 in Colorado, and addressing the lack of mental health services in the state is “a matter of life or death,” said Andrew Romanoff, Men...

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SUE KLEBOLD TALKS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

By Justin Criado Oct 19, 2018   Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine High School shooter Dylan Klebold, said there were no signs that her youngest son was planning what eventually transpired on April 20, 1999, before taking his own life. “From what I could see, he was doing OK,” she said. She explained how a month before the incident, Dylan visited the University of Arizona, the school he planned to attend, with his family and was excited to get the largest freshman dorm room possible. Three nights ...

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NEW MENTAL HEALTH INITIATIVE AIMS TO COMBAT TEEN SUICIDE

By: Caiti Blase October 19, 2018 COLORADO SPRINGS – This week Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced that nearly $3 million will go towards improving youth mental health across the state. Andrew Romanoff, president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, said the initiative is a partnership between Children’s Hospital of Colorado and his organization. He said the state needs more specialists in pediatric mental health which is one of the things the hospital will address with the $2 million it will receive. The remaining $800,000 will be ...

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