June 28, 2018

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Every month ought to be.

Higher rates of poverty, lower rates of coverage, and the persistence of discrimination—among other barriers—often put mental health services out of reach. The result: Coloradans of color are less likely to receive the care they need.

How do we close that gap? We can start by enforcing the laws we’ve got, including requirements for mental health parity and network adequacy.

We can expand and diversify the mental health workforce. We can promote respect.

And we can bridge language differences. You’ll find mental health screenings in English and in Spanish on our website.

Of course, screening is just a first step. We need to make mental health and substance use services available, affordable and effective for all Coloradans.

July is just three days away. Join us now.

-Andrew Romanoff