Press releases


Not Enough Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants in Colorado to Address Needs of Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2020 Media Contact: Aubree Hughes 405.615.3845 Not Enough Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants in Colorado to Address Needs of Children Denver­—Children as young as 6 months old need mental health support—and the majority in Colorado do not get the care they need. House Bill 20-1006 will improve the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultations (ECMHC) program in Colorado and promote a strong, healthy start for our children. An early childhood consultant is an individual who connects early childhood professionals, ...

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Mental Health Colorado Bill To Support People in Recovery and Address Health Care Workforce Shortage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 17, 2020 Media Contact: Flora Welsh 502.727.4329 Mental Health Colorado Bill To Support People in Recovery and Address Health Care Workforce Shortage Denver—More Coloradans need mental health or substance use services than ever, yet the workforce remains inadequate, only meeting 30% of the need. House Bill 20-1139 will enhance the role of Peer Support Professionals in the state’s health care landscape. Peer Support Professionals are an essential component of Colorado’s health care workforce and contribute to better outcomes for ...

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Mental Health and Substance Use Access Disparities Increased in Colorado from 2013 to 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: Aubree Hughes 405.615.3845 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2019 Mental Health Parity in Law Does Not Equate to Parity in Practice Denver — In the midst of an opioid epidemic and increased suicide rates, Coloradans are finding it increasingly difficult to access affordable mental health and substance use care under their private insurance plans. A nationwide study by the actuarial firm Milliman sheds light on this trend over a five-year period beginning in 2013—which documents widening disparities in access to in-network services for mental ...

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Mental Health Colorado honors Vic Vela with 2019 Resiliency Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 12, 2019 Media contact: Aubree Hughes, 405-615-3845 Mental Health Colorado honors Vic Vela with 2019 Resiliency Award DENVER—Vic Vela is a familiar voice to Coloradans. He’s also a voice of resilience, hope and recovery. Mental Health Colorado will honor Vela at the 2019 Tribute Gala on Sept. 28. The award-winning Colorado Public Radio host shares his journey through addiction, recovery and advocacy to put a human face on the growing problem of substance use disorder. Mental Health Colorado is the state’s leading advocate in ...

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Mental Health Colorado to honor Vail Resorts with Workplace Wellness Award

Media contact: Flora Welsh, 502.727.4329 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2019 Mental Health Colorado to honor Vail Resorts with Workplace Wellness Award DENVER — Mental Health Colorado has announced that Vail Resorts will be honored with the prestigious Workplace Wellness award during the 2019 Tribute Gala on September 28. Each year, Mental Health Colorado honors a company or organization displaying creativity, ingenuity and significant achievements in promoting mental wellness and ending stigma in its communities. As a result of the successful implementation ...

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Mental Health Colorado names Vincent Atchity President and CEO

MEDIA CONTACT: Aubree Hughes, 405-615-3845 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2019 Mental Health Colorado names Vincent Atchity President and CEO DENVER—Mental Health Colorado announced today that Vincent Atchity has been named the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization’s president and CEO. Atchity will provide strategic leadership to help Mental Health Colorado achieve its mission of promoting mental wellness, ending stigma, and ensuring equitable access to mental health and substance use services. Atchity served as the Executive Director of The Equitas Project, a ...

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Mental Health Colorado, Governor’s office kick off ‘Mental Health Month’ with focus on treatment access for rural Coloradans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2019 Media Contact: Aubree Hughes, 405-615-3845 Mental Health Colorado, Governor’s office kick off ‘Mental Health Month’ with focus on treatment access for rural Coloradans DENVER—Key allies joined together today to declare May as ‘Mental Health Month.” Mental Health Colorado’s theme for May is “Navigating the System: Access for all Coloradans.” “As a statewide advocacy organization, Mental Health Colorado is committed to ensuring access to mental health and substance use treatment,” said Nancy VanDeMark, ...

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Bill would end insurance discrimination for mental health, addiction treatment: HB19-1269 addresses Colorado’s opioid and suicide crises

Media contacts: Kara Rowland, 202-288-2802 Aubree Hughes, 405-615-3845 DENVER, March 26 – More than a million Coloradans face a mental health or substance use disorder. Only half get the care they need. House Bill 19-1269 will hold insurers accountable to current state and federal parity laws that require treating mental health and addiction equal to physical health care. Colorado has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. The bill sponsors, Reps. Tom Sullivan and Lisa Cutter and Sen. Joann Ginal, are working with Mental Health Colorado to modernize ...

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Mental Health Colorado endorses bill to help address “competency restoration” crisis

DENVER, March 29—Mental Health Colorado today endorsed legislation that would alleviate the strain on jails and other institutions by ensuring the state’s community behavioral health safety net system adequately serves the needs of all Coloradans. SB19-222 would establish safeguards so that those with serious mental health and substance use disorders, including co-occurring conditions, cannot be refused care.   The bill represents a critical step in addressing Colorado’s longstanding competency restoration crisis, which may cost state taxpayers ...

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Former Denver Bronco Vance Johnson joins mental health advocates for an evening at the Haven in the Pines

By: Aubree Hughes March 14, 2019 Despite three Superbowl appearances, Vance Johnson nearly lost his life to drugs and alcohol. The former Denver Bronco will join the City of Castle Pines on Saturday, June 22 for the 2nd Annual Unmasked Masquerade Party benefiting Mental Health Colorado. Channel 2 News and Fox 31’s Deborah Takahara will emcee the event at the Haven in the Pines. Johnson will join advocates to share his struggles with addiction and his story of recovery. The world-class athlete dedicates his life to helping people who are struggling with addicti...

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