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Romanoff sets virtual town hall to grapple with mental health concerns

March 16, 20120 By: Ernest Luning Originally appeared in Colorado Politics Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff has announced plans to hold a virtual town hall on Wednesday devoted to anxiety and other mental health issues surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. "The pandemic we now face has taught us a lot about the coronavirus, COVID-19 and how to protect our physical health. But this crisis takes a toll on our mental health as well," said Romanoff, a former state House speaker who headed Mental Health Colorado for four years before throwing his hat ...

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Can virtual doctors replace in person visits for most health needs?

March 13, 2020 By: Nicole Brady Originally appeared on The Denver Channel. Visiting the doctor no longer requires driving to the office, sitting in a waiting room, and doing a physical exam. More patients are taking advantage of telemedicine, or virtual visits, to see a physician over the internet. Denver7 is going 360 to find out the pros and cons of both types of visits. For some patients, virtual visits are attractive because they’re convenient and can be booked immediately. That was the experience for Jack Bolgard, a student at CU Boulder. During his ...

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Boogie at the Broadmoor With Leftover Salmon to Support Mental Health Causes

March 11, 2020 By: Kiran Herbert Originally appeared in 5280 In the last year, two suicides sent ripples across the music industry. Jeff Austin, a founding member of the Yonder Mountain String Band, died last June. Two months later, Neal Casal, an influential guitarist best known for his role as a founding member of Circles Around the Sun, died in August. Now, members of both of their former bands will join Leftover Salmon at the Boogie at the Broadmoor event from March 20–22. The shindig will include bowling with Leftover Salmon and Circle Around the Sun ...

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How Colorado is trying to address transportation needs for people in mental health crisis

March 5, 2020 By: Forest Wilson Originally appeared in the Colorado Independent Lawmakers are pushing for a transportation system dedicated to getting people in crisis to care One summer night, after his first year of college in 2012, Sandra Sharp’s son Drew grew increasingly anxious. He began having delusions of grandeur and became suicidal, Sharp said.  On that night, Drew allowed Sharp to take him to the hospital in Steamboat Springs “so that I could know that I did everything that I could to prevent him from committing suicide,” Sharp told lawmakers ...

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Boulder-based provider launches in-home mental health care program

March 6, 2020 By: Katie Langford Boulder-based private mental health provider Colorado Recovery has created a new in-home treatment program for people who cannot access care in a traditional office setting. Launched in February, Bridge to You brings Colorado Recovery’s services — diagnosis, therapy, psychiatric nursing, medication management, life skills and more — into a patient’s home. “There are a number of people who are homebound because of age, but also people who have a hard time coming into an office setting because part of their illness might ...

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Colorado considers private transportation services for behavioral problems

Monte Whaley | Mar 2, 2020 State of Reform Someone suffering from a behavioral health crisis in Colorado may soon be transported to a care facility without blaring sirens and emergency lights, under a new bill being considered by lawmakers. The measure, HB 1284, creates a regulatory and service system to provide secure transportation services for individuals experiencing emotional or behavioral problems that do not merit an arrest. The person will be transported to a local hospital or crisis centers. Local county commissioners will issue a license to a ...

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Suicide Prevention Advocates Gather in Denver

February 27, 2020 Original article appeared on News on 6 DENVER, Feb. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the seventh leading cause of death in Colorado.  On Wednesday, February 26, advocates from the Colorado Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will join the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, Mental Health Colorado, and NAMI-Colora...

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HOUSE PASSES REP. MICHAELSON JENET’S ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS EXAMS BILL

February 20, 2020 Originally appeared in i-70 scout. The House of Representatives today passed HB20-1086, sponsored by Representatives Dafna Michaelson Jenet and Colin Larson, by a vote of 45-17. The bill would guarantee insurance coverage for annual mental health wellness exams. “This is one of the most important bills I have worked on in my time in the legislature, and I am so pleased that it has passed the House,” said Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City. “Too many Coloradans don’t have access to the mental health care they need. This bill will go a ...

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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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