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About Patrick J. Kennedy

During his 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Rhode Island’s First Congressional District, Patrick J. Kennedy authored the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires insurers to cover treatment for mental health and substance use disorders no more restrictively than treatment for illnesses of the body, such as diabetes and cancer. In 2013, he founded The Kennedy Forum, a nonprofit that unites advocates, business leaders, and government agencies to advance evidence-based practices, policies, and programming in mental ...

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Gordon McLaughlin

Providing our communities with adequate mental health services is essential to the work I have done as a prosecutor to keep our community safe. Behavioral health is not just a social justice issue, it is a criminal justice issue too and it is about time the law enforcement community participates in solutions. Far too often we see folks entering the criminal justice system due to mental health struggles. Many times, involvement with the courts becomes cyclical because we do not provide access to appropriate resources that address the root causes of their actions. Here, in ...

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Matthew Menza

Colorado is 27th in the nation for Mental Health Funding, 7th in the nation for suicide and currently number 1 for teen suicide. This is unacceptable! This is my highest priority when elected: to increase access to mental health funding, to help nonprofits that provide help to at-risk teens, to ensure we have a comprehensive mental health system in place so people are receiving care that will result in long term mental health success vice short term quick fixes that don't address underlying mental health issues. We need to set attainable goals for Colorado starting with ...

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Mental Health Colorado Statement: Jacob Blake

Mental Health Colorado issued the following statement on August 24, 2020:   This morning most of us woke to news of unrest that occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin after police shot Jacob Blake, who was unarmed, seven times in the back at point blank range in front of his three sons, aged 3, 5, and 8. After witnessing this execution by the police, Jacob’s children went to sleep last night not knowing if their father would survive. While we are still waiting for further details about how this unfolded, we are all stunned by the event, only the latest in hundreds of ...

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Hosting a Facebook Fundraiser for Mental Health Colorado

Thank you for signing up to do a Facebook fundraiser for Mental Health Colorado. This page includes all of the information you will need to launch a successful fundraising campaign, including: Language you can use for creating your fundraiser and promoting on social media Graphics you can use on social media Step-by-step instructions for starting a campaign on Facebook Language you can use for fundraising: Mental health is more important than ever. That's why I'm asking you to donate to my fundraising campaign for Mental Health Colorado, the state’s ...

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How to Invite Friends to Follow Mental Health Colorado

When you are logged into Facebook, go to Mental Health Colorado's Facebook page. From there, click the three dots on the right side of the page. Then you will be given the option to "Invite Friends." From there, you can select as many friends as you'd like to invite to follow Mental Health Colorado.

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Monica Duran

I previously served on the Board of Directors for the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, where I was dedicated to serving all in need. Our mission was to improve the lives and to strengthen our communities by providing essential mental health needs, along with other related services for individuals and families on the road to support recovery. My work as a board member was to increase access to health care, meaningful employment, childcare, and education, so our vulnerable communities have the opportunity to thrive and be healthy. Healthy communities are fostered by ...

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Amy Padden

It is far past time that we treat mental illness like a medical condition, which it is.  We need to stop stigmatizing and criminalizing mental health issues.  For far too long, we’ve been focused on punishing behavior rather than identifying causes and treating those in a sensible way. One of my top priorities as the next District Attorney is to ensure that we have a robust diversion program, similar to the one that I set up and ran in another district.  Rather than seeking prison sentences for non-violent felony cases, we took those who had been charged with those ...

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Chris Kennedy

I believe our mental health infrastructure in Colorado needs to be dramatically improved. I've supported strengthening our mental health parity laws, requiring better insurance and Medicaid coverage of mental health care, integration of physical and behavioral health care systems, and better mental health care in our schools. As a member of the Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee for the last three summers, I've sponsored numerous bills to improve prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery systems, as well as addressing substance use ...

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Beth McCann

As the Denver District Attorney, I see the intersection of mental health and criminal justice almost every day. We don't do a very good job of addressing those with mental health issues in our system. The jails have become warehouse for those with mental health issues. There are several things I have been doing and will continue to do if I am re-elected as Denver's District Attorney. 1) I meet monthly with my Mental Health Advisory Council to discuss these issues and educate myself about what is happening and where there are gaps 2) I support our robust co-responder ...

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