Making Progress at Mental Health Colorado

Mental Health Colorado is the state’s leading advocate for the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. Our mission: to bring effective, affordable care within reach of every Coloradan.

We’re not there yet.

Each year, more than half a million Coloradans go without the mental health care they need. Our state ranks near last in the nation in the number of psychiatric beds per capita. And we have one of the highest suicide rates in America.

The good news: we’re making progress.

The law now makes mental health care be covered by insurance, prohibits discrimination in the treatment of mental illness, and requires insurers to maintain an adequate network of providers.

Colorado has created a statewide crisis response system. And Coloradans can talk to a trained mental health professional or someone who has had a mental health condition on the phone (844-493-8255) or text (“TALK” to 38255) seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

That progress has resulted in part from the persistence of Mental Health Colorado and our allies. But we have far more work to do: to curb the cost and expand the supply of services, to promote the screening and early detection of mental health disorders, and to ensure that the laws we help pass are properly implemented and enforced. Read more…