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VAIL POLICE, POLITICIANS SUPPORT LAW THAT WOULD ALLOW TEMPORARY CONFISCATION OF GUNS FROM THOSE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

By: David O. Williams May 1, 2018 DENVER — Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger this week pushed for the passage of a proposed law that would allow police to temporarily confiscate the firearms and ammunition of someone deemed by a judge to represent a risk of harm to the public or themselves. "Right now, if an officer goes out on a (call of a) suicidal party and doesn't have enough to take them into custody for a mental-health evaluation, or even if he does, there's no way to legally seize any firearms that are there," Henninger said. The Deputy Zackari Parrish III ...

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MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS CONFERENCE MAY 7

April 30, 2018 MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Upper Peninsula Children’s Coalition will host its annual conference with the theme “Mental Health Matters” Monday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Northern Michigan University’s Don H. Bottum University Center. Presenters include state and national authorities on mental health and well-being of children and families. There will also be a panel discussion with U.P. legislators around policies and advocacy related to children’s mental health and well-being. Dr. Sarah Davidon, Research Director of Mental ...

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PROPOSED “RED FLAG” LAW INTRODUCED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT AND THE BACKING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT

By: John Herrick May 1, 2018 “I am sick and tired of law enforcement officers and citizens getting killed because we can’t intervene earlier,” says Sheriff David Walcher. State lawmakers introduced a proposed “red flag” gun law late Monday afternoon that would allow law enforcement to remove firearms from people suspected of being a threat to themselves or others. It is the first gun safety measure that has a chance of passing both the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate since lawmakers approved a controversial gun ...

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BIPARTISAN BILL PAVES WAY FOR COLO. RED FLAG GUN LAW

By: Sam Brasch, Colorado Public Radio April 30, 2018 Colorado moved one step closer Monday to adopting so-called red flag gun legislation. The "gun restraining order" law aims to keep firearms out of the hands of people who may be a risk to themselves or others Red flag gun laws entered the spotlight again following the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School when Florida passed its own version. Representative Alec Garnett, a Denver Democrat, is sponsoring the legislation. The bill not only has bipartisan backing, Garnett said, but also ...

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COMMUNITY FORUM TACKLES TOPIC OF YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH

By: Alex DeWind April 30, 2018 Two years ago, Kirstie June was admitted to Children’s Hospital Colorado for an eating disorder. The now senior at Chaparral High School in Parker was on the dance team. Revealing uniforms, paired with a pressure to maintain a certain body type, left her comparing herself to her teammates. June lost so much weight that her heart rate became alarmingly low. She stayed in inpatient treatment at the hospital for five weeks. Today, with help from a program at school called Sources of Strength and the support of her loved ones, June is ...

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COLO. LAWMAKERS UNVEIL ‘RED FLAG’ BILL TO KEEP GUNS OUT OF HANDS OF PEOPLE IN MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

By: Blair Miller April 30, 2018 DENVER – With less than two weeks left in Colorado’s legislative session, lawmakers will try and pass a “red flag bill” aiming to temporarily keep weapons and ammunition out of the hands of people in the middle of mental health crises. The measure, House Bill 1436, will be named after Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish, who was shot and killed while on duty on New Year’s Eve. The man accused of killing him and wounding several other deputies and officers had mental health issues and weapons – ...

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MENTAL HEALTH COLORADO TALKS ABOUT THE NEWLY INTRODUCED ‘RED FLAG’ LAW

May 1, 2018 Originally appeared on 9news.

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WATCH NOW: MENTAL HEALTH AND YOUTH COMMUNITY FORUM

April 26, 2018 Watch the full talk here. (Talk starts at 1:30) Check out a Time to Talk community conversation about mental health and youth: Andrew Romanoff, CEO of Mental Health Colorado, talked about the importance of early intervention. Kristen Torres, a CSU sophomore and Douglas County graduate, and Kirstie June, a senior at Chaparral High School, shared their personal mental health struggles and how they've overcome them. Hosted by Colorado Community Media on April 26 at Lone Tree Library in partnership with Douglas County Libraries and the Douglas ...

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COLORADO LAWMAKERS PONDER BILL TO TAKE AWAY GUNS FROM PEOPLE WHO POSE THREATS

By: Joe St. George April 19, 2018 DENVER -- Colorado lawmakers are debating behind the scenes whether to introduce and pass into law a "Red Flag" gun warning bill just days before the session wraps up. The proposal, similar to what other states have passed, would allow law enforcement and family members the option of going before a judge to temporarily remove guns from individuals who pose threats. "People who are in the midst of a psychotic episode, it's a bad combination to have guns available," Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said. McCann, along ...

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HELPING PEOPLE IN A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

April 20, 2018 Story originally appeared on Denver7.

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