Press releases


Colorado Lawmakers Prioritize Mental Health in 2019 Session 

Bills would expand school access, allow for advance behavioral health orders DENVER, Jan. 7—As the 2019 legislative session kicks off, Mental Health Colorado applauded lawmakers for making mental health a priority by introducing key bills to improve prevention and treatment services throughout the state. One measure addresses the critical shortage of mental health resources in schools by bolstering the existing School Health Professional Grant Program to allow schools to team up with community partners to provide behavioral health services. A provision ...

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Victories in 10 Counties Steer Record $67 Million to Mental Health, Substance Use Treatment

DENVER, Nov. 12—Ten Colorado counties are leading the way to improving mental health services in their communities. The counties and their mental health proposals are listed at mentalhealthcolorado.org/ballot2018. Victories in Denver, Larimer, San Miguel, and Summit counties will steer a record $67 million to the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. Voters also agreed to fund school-based mental health programs in Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson counties; jail-based services in Boulder County; and community resources in Pitkin ...

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11 Colorado Communities Not ‘Waiting for Washington’ to Fix Mental Health

DENVER, Nov. 1—Eleven Colorado communities are seeking funding for mental health services through ballot measures. All measures are aimed at adding treatment and prevention in schools, jails, or hospitals. The counties and their mental health proposals are listed at mentalhealthcolorado.org/ballot2018. “I think what's happening is a lot of communities recognize that it's cheaper to prevent or treat mental illness than to ignore it or to criminalize it,” said Mental Health Colorado President & CEO Andrew Romanoff. “A lot recognize that waiting for Washington ...

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AG Cynthia H. Coffman Announces Funding for First-of-its-Kind Pediatric Mental Health Initiative

Attorney General’s Office to provide critical funding to help young people seeking mental health treatment and support DENVER, Oct. 16, 2018—Today, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman announced that her office will provide a $2.8 million grant to launch a transformational initiative that will increase access to mental health services and support for young people across Colorado. Attorney General Coffman’s Office was joined by Jena Hausmann, President & CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado, Andrew Romanoff, President and CEO of Mental Health Colora...

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New Survey Finds Massive Support for Mental Health Reform

Majority of candidates support red flag laws, mental health in schools DENVER, Oct. 10—Ninety-four percent of the candidates for governor and the state legislature support increasing mental health services in schools, and 83 percent said they support a “red flag” law, or extreme risk protection order. Candidates for governor Jared Polis (D) and Walker Stapleton (R) agreed on adding mental health services in schools. Stapleton said one of his priorities is to continue improving the integration of mental and physical health care. Polis said he is committed to ...

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Equal Coverage For All

DENVER, Sept. 28—Coloradans go out of network for mental health care around seven times as often as they do for physical  care. Mental health providers are reimbursed at rates about 40 percent lower than other health care providers according to a 2017 study that looked at equality in health care. Wednesday, Oct. marks the 10th anniversary of the “Parity Act.” The act made mental health coverage equal to physical health coverage. And although the mental health and substance use community has made great strides toward this goal, there is still a long way to ...

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Gov. Hickenlooper Honored for Fighting for Mental Health Treatment

DENVER, Sept. 20—Mental Health Colorado will award Governor John Hickenlooper on Saturday at their annual Tribute Gala for his work to improve mental health and substance use treatment in Colorado. Governor Hickenlooper helped create the Colorado State Innovation Model to help integrate physical and mental health and substance use services into primary care settings. He also started a housing program initiative, which provides wrap-around services like mental health care and job training to reduce incarceration, hospitalization and homelessness for many of Colorado...

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Mental Health Colorado Proposes Policies, Offers Resources for Recovery Month

DENVER, Sept. 6, 2018—More than 67,000 Coloradans do not get the substance use services they need—enough to fill the Red Rocks Amphitheater seven times. Mental Health Colorado is kicking off National Recovery Month by proposing policy priorities for the next legislative session, sharing resources and emphasizing stories of hope. Twenty-eight of Colorado's 64 counties do not have a substance use or mental health treatment facility. Mental Health Colorado is working to ensure people get the substance use services they need when they need them. “Addiction isn’t ...

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