How we reached a mental health crisis
February 8, 2023
By: Anusha Roy
The number of kids showing up in emergency departments in Colorado more than doubled in a recent five-year span, from 2,002 in 2016 to 5,168 in 2021.
A similar number of kids went to emergency departments between 2021 to 2022, meaning that while the number was leveling off, it began to flatten at a highly elevated level of need.
The state is short on resources, short on beds, and too often, families don’t know where to turn in a moment of crisis.
Yet a look at history shows we’ve made the same mistakes over and over again when it comes to addressing mental health.