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Legislative updates

Mental Health Colorado currently has two bills introduced (HB19-1044 and SB19-010). This week we’ve been working with bill drafters on four other bill proposals that we plan to introduce soon. The first bill would expand and improve the Special Connections program for pregnant women with substance use disorders enrolled in Medicaid. The bill would include two child care pilot programs; create a cash-fund to expand treatment capacity for high-risk families, youth, and children; and would allow women to enroll in the program post-partum. The other three bills are part ...

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Youth Suicide Study Shows Unemployment Is A Risk Factor

By: Ali Budner January 7, 2019 The Mountain West has some of the highest teen suicide rates in the country. A new report out of the region looks at what conditions contribute to the high rate of youth suicide.  The yearlong study came out of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.  "Colorado has a teen suicide rate that’s twice as high as the national average,” said Andrew Romanoff, the director of Mental Health Colorado. “Just a staggering heartbreaking statistic.” The Attorney General’s study focused on the ...

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2019 Priorities

At Mental Health Colorado, we’re bringing a broad range of proposals to state lawmakers. Among other requests, we’re asking the General Assembly and the governor to: ■ Fund the Zero Suicide framework, training health care, education, and law enforcement personnel to spot the early warning signs of suicidal ideation. ■ Strengthen the enforcement of mental health parity laws, requiring public and private insurers to provide sufficient coverage for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. ■ Create a statewide bed tracking system, ...

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When you die by suicide, you don’t end your pain — you transfer it

December 30, 2018 By: Andrew Romanoff On the third Tuesday of each month, Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village hosts a meeting that no one wants to attend. I visited the church in October, shortly after dusk. A sign pointed me to a meeting room in the back of the building, at the end of a dark hallway. Inside the room, two dozen women and men sat quietly around a conference table. They each introduced themselves and then shared the names of their children — a son or a daughter who had died by suicide. When my turn came, I talked about my cousin ...

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Colorado attorney general grants $800,000 for mental health toolkits in classrooms

December 21, 2018 By: Byron Reed View full story on 9News. Mental Health Colorado is the state’s leading advocate for the prevention and treatment of mental health.   Back in May, it launched the School Mental Health Kit, which is aimed at bringing awareness to classrooms, like Andrew Romanoff, the president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado.  Photo by KUSA “Suicide has become the leading cause of death among adolescents in Colorado,” Romanoff said.  “We’re losing more than 1,100 people -- including 80 children -- to suicide ...

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MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY GROUP AIMS TO CHANGE PUBLIC OPINION, POLICY IN COLORADO

By: Stephanie Daniel  Dec. 13, 2018 The life expectancy of Americans continues to decline. This is driven in part by an increase in drug overdoses and suicides, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control. This is especially troubling in Colorado, which ranks among the top ten in suicide rates.ListenListening...4:53The head of Mental Health Colorado discusses the organization's priorities for 2019. KUNC's Stephanie Daniel spoke with Andrew Romanoff, president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, an advocacy organization, to find out what can the ...

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Mental Health-Related Ballot Measures – Unofficial Results

Official results will be announced soon.

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Scott Helker (Libertarian)

More information on the candidate. Do you support school policies and funding that increase the availability of mental health services in schools and early childhood settings? Yes and No! I support school programs that teach bonding. Not all but many issues can be resolved by bonding, friendship. There are mental health issues but let us start with the basics. Portugal has legalized drugs and reduce addiction by simply teaching addicts social skills. Why not start early? Do you support additional funding for ...

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Darrell Dinges (Libertarian)

Click here for more information on the candidate. Do you support school policies and funding that increase the availability of mental health services in schools and early childhood settings? No: These issues should be handled in other locations beside schools. Do you support additional funding for follow-up care for individuals after a suicide attempt or overdose? Yes: A funding source would have to be found that does not affect existing priorities. Do you ...

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Kamala Vanderkolk (D)

Click here for more information on the candidate. Do you support school policies and funding that increase the availability of mental health services in schools and early childhood settings? Yes: Early intervention is best for all conditions. Do you support additional funding for follow-up care for individuals after a suicide attempt or overdose? Yes: A personal support system is crucial to recovery. Do you support extreme risk protection orders? ...

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