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New campaign seeks to end stigma surrounding mental health

December 12, 2019 By: Colette Bordelon Originally appeared in KOAA SOUTHERN COLORADO — According to Mental Health Colorado , more than a million Coloradans deal with a mental health or substance use disorder every year, but around 60% of adults and 70% of children never get the care they need. A new behavioral health campaign, called See Me , hopes to help fight the stigma surrounding mental health that can sometimes stop people from seeking the treatment they need. News 5 spoke with a woman who said she has lived with PTSD and depression for around 25 ...

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Annual campaign collects socks for homeless

December 10, 2019 Originally appeared in the Centennial Citizen Socks are the least donated item to homeless shelters, yet they are vital to helping homeless people stay dry, warm and free from disease. According to a news release, charities often cannot accept used socks for sanitary reasons, and buying new socks doesn’t always seem apparent to those making donations. However, as the cold sets in, the need is greater. Footprints to Recovery is kicking off its third annual Socks of Love campaign, with the hope of collecting 10,000 pairs of socks nationally. The ...

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Donate today for Colorado Gives

December 10, 2019 Originally appeared in The Colorado Springs Business Journal Today is Colorado Gives Day, and organizers hope to top last year’s $35.3 million in donations. Colorado Gives Day was created to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. The inaugural Colorado Gives Day in 2010 generated more than $8.4 million for 529 local charities. Every dollar donated this year is increased through a $1.5 million Incentive Fund. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day will receive a portion of the fund. At the Colorado ...

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Coloradans on Medicaid face greatest obstacles to accessing mental health care, survey says

December 8, 2019 By: Evan Wyloge, Colorado Politics Originally appeared in The Gazette Meighen Lovelace began seeing troubling signs when her younger daughter was only 1 year old: The girl was more aggressive than her older sister; she would bite and hit, and seemed not to handle social situations well. When her daughter turned 3, Lovelace used a behavioral health intervention program offered at their local preschool. Lovelace and her two daughters, who live in Eagle County, are on the state’s Medicaid program, the public health insurance program for ...

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Californians aren’t getting the mental health care they’re legally guaranteed. Why not?

December 8, 2019 By: Jocelyn Wiener Originally appeared in CalMatters State Sen. Jim Beall is angry. Four times now, he has introduced legislation to better enforce state and federal “parity” laws, which require equal treatment of mental and physical health problems. Four times, that legislation has failed. As he enters his final year in the Legislature, the San Jose Democrat plans what he calls a “full-frontal assault”. “I’m going to put even more effort into next year,” Beall said, “because I’m madder than hell about it.” Califo...

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Why state lawmakers passed a new mental health care law to enforce a law that already exists

Originally appeared on 9News There's one basic reason for this: make sure mental health is treated in the same way as physical health. Author: Anusha Roy Published: 8:35 PM MST December 6, 2019 Updated: 8:35 PM MST December 6, 2019 DENVER — Closing gaps, so that people can get the mental health care they need is so complicated, that Colorado state legislators had to pass a law this year to try and enforce another law already on the books. House Bill 1269, the Mental Health Parity Insurance Medicaid law, focused on making sure ...

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More Colorado teens and children visiting ERs for mental health reasons

December 4, 2019 By: Matt Mauro Originally appeared on Fox31 DENVER - A quarter of all mental health emergency room visits in Colorado are now made by children younger than 18, according to a new study. According to the study by  The Center for Improving Value in Health Care - the visits are mostly for major depressive disorder, along with anxiety and panic disorders. "(It's) not surprising to me that there is a demand for care," said Vincent Atchity, President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. "That’s in keeping with the ...

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Give and You Shall Receive: 10 Nonprofits to Help Out on Colorado Gives Day

By donating to these Colorado-based organizations—or any of the 3,500-plus participating nonprofits—you’ll not only improve others’ lives, but your own as well. BY MAYA CHIODO | DECEMBER 4, 2019Humans tend toward altruism. And the impetus behind lending a helping hand or donating some dollars is usually quite simple: It feels good. Luckily for Coloradans, the annual Colorado Gives Day fundraiser, which takes place on Tuesday, December 10, makes it easier than ever to feel what Psychology Today calls the “helper’s high.” Each December, folks from ...

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New Mental Health Colorado CEO talks goals

October 25, 2019 By: Faith Miller Access the full article in The Colorado Springs Business Journal Statewide nonprofit Mental Health Colorado’s leadership has shuffled around a bit in the past year, but its mission remains the same: “promoting mental health, ending stigma, and ensuring equitable access to mental health and substance use services.” The shake-ups started when former CEO Andrew Romanoff resigned from his role at Mental Health Colorado early this […]

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FRCC Longmont students honored for work for Mental Health Colorado

October 29, 2019 By: Katie Langford Originally appeared in The Boulder Daily Camera A typography class at Front Range Community College took learning to the next level by designing and producing an annual report for a major Colorado nonprofit. Mental Heath Colorado doesn’t often produce an annual report because of the steep cost, said spokeswoman Aubree Hughes. But a board member knew Blake Welch, Front Range instructor and Multimedia Graphic Design Program director, and approached him with the idea of a partnership. Welch said while he had no doubts his ...

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