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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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Colorado’s new parity law for mental health hits a Medicaid snag

By: Evan Wyloge A new Colorado law that requires insurers to reimburse behavioral health care providers for mental conditions on par with compensation for physical conditions left a gap that advocates fear will make it harder for the state’s poorest and most complicated patients on Medicaid to get optimal care. The sweeping overhaul, signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis last year, was meant to create parity in care for the mentally ill, and supporters say it significantly strengthened coverage. Read the full article in The Gazette

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SPECIAL REPORT: A look at Miami-Dade’s vaunted quest to decriminalize mental illness

December 29, 2019 By: Jakob Rodgers MIAMI — Justin Volpe could hardly believe his eyes. Strung out and delusional, gripped by a crippling psychosis, Volpe questioned if what he was seeing was real — was a fellow inmate in a Miami-area jail being bludgeoned by jail guards to within a whisper of his life? But he had a hunch. Read the full article in The Gazette

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