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Animal therapy nonprofit to hold Longmont community meeting before starting sessions in March

February 19, 2020 By: John Marinelli Originally found in Times-Call Animals can often make people’s days a little — or a lot — brighter. Rise Phoenix Rise, a nonprofit that recently moved to Longmont from Richmond, Va., applies this concept to peer-to-peer group therapy, having participants work through difficult issues with the help of furry friends. And Wednesday, it’s looking to provide information to the Longmont community and gather input at an outreach meeting before its inaugural group session in March. Executive Director Traci Jones said she ...

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Could mental health support be the key to keeping more Colorado preschool teachers in the field?

February 14, 2020 By: Erica Breunlin Originally appeared in The Colorado Sun. As Colorado starves for more early childhood educators, some are leaving the classroom because of kids’ behavioral challenges. A new focus on mental health could change that. Read the full story.

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New bills aim to alleviate mental health workforce shortages

January 31, 2020 By: John Spina A couple of times a week Sue Harig meets with clients from Mental Health Partners just to talk for a while. She’s not a psychotherapist or psychiatrist, but as a certified peer support specialist, Harig has firsthand experience with mental illness and has been trained by Mental Health Partners in Boulder County to help others along in their recovery — kind of like a mental health sponsor. The “sessions” mostly consist of Harig visiting her clients at home, helping them with chores, or accompanying them in stressful situat...

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Superintendent addresses recent student deaths

January 25, 2020 By: Rachel Skytta and Web Staff Originally appeared on Fox31 News ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. -- The Superintendent of Adams 12 shared a statement on Friday discussing the recent deaths of students within the Adams County School District. "A number of families and schools within our community are grieving the sudden and painful loss of their children as we enter the final days of January. We have lost five children in our community over the past 40 days. They range in age from sixth grade to tenth grade and attended four different schools. The ...

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Transportation, education and justice on the legislative agenda

January 22, 2020 By: Faith Miller and Pam Zubeck Originally appeared in the Colorado Springs Independent AND THEY'RE OFF Don’t expect Democrats to back away from their progressive agenda during this legislative session, despite some backlash stemming from the long list of bills that their trifecta of power — controlling the state House, Senate and governor’s office — enabled them to push through last year. One prominent example: the controversial red-flag bill. While some sheriffs have said they’d refuse to enforce the red-flag law, which ...

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North Range Behavioral Health moves into new, larger facility in Frederick

January 21, 2020 By: John Marinelli Originally appeared in Time-Call.  North Range Behavioral Health, a northern Colorado mental health organization, opened a new, larger location in Frederick on Tuesday. The 12,000-square-foot facility at 5901 Majestic St. in Frederick — a counseling center offering services including outpatient therapy, psychiatry, individual and group therapy and DUI education and treatment — was completed in late 2019, according to a press release from North Range Behavioral Health. The organization previously operated for five ...

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Bipartisan bill introduced to support Colorado’s mental health care, recovery providers

January 17, 2020 By: Ernest Luning Originally appeared in Colorado Politics  Lawmakers on Thursday introduced bipartisan legislation to boost the role of peer support professionals in Colorado, potentially easing a shortage of specialists who can help treat patients with mental health and addiction issues. House Bill 20-1139, sponsored by state Reps. Yadira Caraveo, D-Thornton, and Rod Pelton, R-Cheyenne Wells, would authorize Medicaid to pay for additional services provided by peers — caregivers who have experienced various mental health and substance-use ...

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Telehealth is a good option – if your internet connection is fast enough

By: Anusha Roy Date: January 16, 2020 Originally appeared on 9News The idea of telehealth has been gaining popularity in Colorado but there's an issue of access to strong enough internet DENVER — The idea of telehealth has been gaining popularity in Colorado, especially for people who live in rural areas where doctors and behavioral health specialists may be too far away. However, there's a hurdle to telehealth working properly: Internet speed. The Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology shared a map of the state. The areas in green have ...

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Big Ideas Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado lawmakers pitched for 2020

January 15, 2020 By: Erica Breunlin, Jennifer Brown, Moe Clark, John Ingold and Jesse Paul Originally appeared in The Durango Herald Teen vaping, mental health parity, a public option and teacher bonuses make list From mental health to teacher pay, Colorado’s leaders are exploring innovative ideas to tackle the state’s biggest challenges. Gov. Jared Polis and four state lawmakers pitched their ideas Tuesday at the Big Ideas Forum hosted by The Colorado Sun, CBS4 and the University of Denver. Here’s a look at their ideas and the challenges they face ...

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The cost of establishing 988, a national mental health crisis line

By: Anusha Roy Originally appeared on 9News. Dialing 988 would simplify the process of getting mental health help by phone, but how will the costs be covered? DENVER — Calling 911 works because someone on the other line answers the phone. Calling 988, a national mental health crisis line, would only work if there are enough people to keep up with those calls. At the Rocky Mountain Crisis Services center, where the phone rings more than 180,000 times a year, Chief Executive Officer Bev Marquez said having quality time to spend on those calls is very ...

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