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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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Mental Health Colorado: “Extreme risk” legislation would save lives  

DENVER, Feb. 14—Mental Health Colorado, the state’s leading advocate for the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders, today endorsed legislation that would allow for the temporary removal of firearms  from a person who poses a significant risk to themselves or others. Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws have been shown to reduce suicide deaths in states that have them and this measure would be a vital addition to Colorado’s suicide prevention agenda. Sponsored by Reps. Tom Sullivan and Alec Garnett, the bill creates a ...

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Romanoff Steps Down as Mental Health Colorado President and CEO

Romanoff Steps Down as Mental Health Colorado President and CEO DENVER, Feb. 7—Mental Health Colorado, the state’s leading advocate for the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders, today announced the departure of President and CEO Andrew Romanoff. “We are grateful to Andrew for his visionary leadership over the past four years,” said Aaron Hyatt, chair of the Mental Health Colorado Board of Directors. “During his tenure, we evolved from a program-based organization to a true champion for the 1 million Coloradans who experience ...

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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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