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CO mental health bills increase support

July 14, 2021 By: Jeanne Souldern Article originally found in The Sopris Sun Several bills focusing on the mental wellness of Coloradans, many of which garnered bipartisan support, were passed by lawmakers in the 2021 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Jared Polis. The Behavioral Health Recovery Act (SB21-1371) is a $114 million omnibus bill, with $100 million coming from the federal American Rescue Plan Act COVID-relief dollars and the remaining $14 million from the state’s general fund. The expenditures, under this bill, cover a wide variety of ...

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18 rays of hope for Colorado’s children | Vince Bzdek

June 27, 2021 By: Vince Bzdek Originally found in the Colorado Springs Gazette You know those moments when someone performs a random act of kindness out of the blue, and you say, “Now that restores my faith in humanity”? The Legislature, of all the unexpected places, restored my faith in humanity a bit this year. Not on everything it did and didn’t do, mind you, but on addressing the mental health care crisis among our children, they sure gave it a go. Read the rest of the article in The Gazette

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The long road to achieving better access to behavioral health care

June 10, 2021 By: Anusha Roy Originally found on 9News HB21-1068's goal is to expand beyond a crisis response model for behavioral health, incorporating more wellness and preventative care. DENVER — A Colorado bill, HB21-1068, has a goal of expanding beyond a crisis response model for behavioral health care to incorporating more wellness and preventative care. The bill, now headed to the office of Gov. Jared Polis, aims to change the overall approach to mental health. Democratic Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet is a sponsor of this legislation. ...

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Youth mental health was front and center in Colorado’s legislative session. But the work is only a “down payment.”

June 10, 2021 By: Jennifer Brown Originally published in the Colorado Sun Hospital emergency departments are flooded with children who’ve just attempted suicide. Kids in need of residential treatment for severe depression are sent out of state because Colorado’s beds are full. And suicide became the leading cause of death for youth in this state five years ago. So what are Colorado policymakers doing about it? Read the full article in the Colorado Sun  

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LivWell Enlightened Health donates over $57,000 to Mental Health Colorado

June 3, 2021 For the original press release, click here Denver, Colorado (June 3, 2021) – Today, LivWell Enlightened Health announced a $57,000 donation to Mental Health Colorado thanks to the generosity of their customers during the ‘Round-Up for Mental Health’ campaign. The funds will support the nonprofit’s efforts to ensure that resources for mental health are a priority for the state, especially in the wake of the global pandemic. Mental Health Colorado works to create access to housing, health care, and other services so that Coloradans ...

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THE PODIUM | Safeguarding mental health in jail

May 26, 2021 Article originally found in Colorado Politics. Imagine yourself or your loved one — distressed and bewildered, unwell, psychotic — isolated in a small, hard cell for 22 hours a day or more, for days, weeks or months. Arrested during a crisis, maybe the worst moment of your life, now waiting for a snail-like justice process to determine your guilt or innocence of charges you may not even understand. Solitary confinement in county jails — not inpatient health care — remains our state’s default recourse for housing and managing people with the ...

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Denver-area mental health experts offer advice for business leaders

May 14, 2021 By: Don Ireland Originally posted on bizjournals.com Mental health concerns have been a monumental challenge for business leaders during the pandemic. Read the full article on bizjournals.com

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4 bills that will help create healthier minds across the lifespan for Coloradans

May 14, 2021 By: Vincent Atchity, President & CEO, Mental Health Colorado Originally posted on Biz Journals Winston Churchill famously observed that “healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” What we know and must not forget is that there is no health without mental health — mind and body are inextricable from one another. From before birth and well into old age, the health of our minds is key if we are to thrive. Mental Health Colorado defines seven goals for creating healthier minds across the lifespan. A strong start for all ...

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KOAA Survey: Mental health treatment in Colorado

May 11, 2021 Originally published in KOOA News Colorado The past year has been incredibly difficult for Coloradans to cope with. Along with an unprecedented pandemic that led to lockdowns, cuts in services, death, illness, job loss and more, the state has also experienced massive wildfires, calls for social justice reforms, a contentious 2020 election, an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and two mass shootings. Any one of these events is enough to cause someone to need counseling from a mental health professional. Collectively, these events have led to an increase ...

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5 Things Colorado: Rx affordability board, Q&A w/Vincent Atchity, Health in the budget

May 12, 2021 By: DJ Wilson Article originally appeared on the State of Reform Today is the 89th legislative day in what has been a unique legislative year. Sine die is scheduled for June 12th, but the budget is already passed and on its way to the governor’s desk. So, policy makers are in this odd place where the legislature can still act, but much of the heavy lifting is done. Lots of bills are still alive, but a key opportunity for leverage and horse trading is behind us. We’re tracking some of that activity in this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching in ...

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