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Colorado legislators set aside $7.2 million to fund longer psychiatric hospital stays

March 29, 2024 By: Seth Klamman Once the money’s appropriated, a waiver expanding hospital stays would need to be approved by the federal Centers for ... more

400 people with mental illness are sitting in Colorado jails. Some state lawmakers want to divert them to treatment instead.

March 27, 2024 By: Jennifer Brown About 30 people testified in favor of the bill, including Denver District Attorney Beth McCann and Maureen Cain, policy ... more

Colorado's Youth Mental Health Crisis

March 23, 2024 By: Lexi Miller As schools are stretched to their capacity, it is increasingly important that the state find ways to support mental health ... more

Stakeholders highlight importance of patient, facilitator safety in preparation of psilocybin distribution in Colorado

March 22, 2024 By: Shane Ersland Patient and facilitator safety will be top of mind for Colorado mental health professionals when the state begins to distri... more

Colorado eating disorder patients say they’ve been subjected to nude weigh-ins, forced to eat non-vegan foods

March 18, 2024 By: Jennifer Brown While Colorado is a national hub for eating disorder treatment, the state does not regulate centers’ treatment plans or ... more

Coloradans with Medicaid and serious mental illness could soon receive better care at certain facilities

March 18, 2024 By: Tatiana Flowers The IMD policy was passed during the deinstitutionalization movement and the goal was to get people out of asylums and back ... more

Some of the 1,400 patients of a Western Slope clinic are still struggling to find care a month after its abrupt closure

March 13, 2024 By: Tatiana Flowers Mental health experts said they understand state leaders needed to shut down the clinic to ensure patient safety. But the ... more

Oregon psilocybin facilitators share their experiences with professionals preparing for rollout of mushroom distribution in Colorado

March 13, 2024 By: Shane Ersland The meeting was the third part of an ongoing webinar series hosted by Mental Health Colorado and the Healing Advocacy Fund to ... more

Eating disorder survivors say new law is needed to establish standards of care

February 29, 2024 By: Carly Moore Vincent Atchity with Mental Health Colorado said this bill would put in place standards of care for eating disorder ... more

Bill aims to improve regulations at Colorado eating disorder care centers

February 29, 2024 By: Carly Moore "We are grateful to Colorado legislators for prioritizing compassionate, culturally-competent and gender-affirming care for ... more

Bill to improve eating disorder care passes Colorado House Committee

February 28, 2024 By: Alexander Brunet "We are grateful to Colorado legislators for prioritizing compassionate, culturally-competent and gender-affirming care ... more

Housing measures, gender-identity names bills considered by legislature this week

February 26, 2024 By: Seth Klamman Elsewhere Monday, a group of legislators and advocates unveiled HB24-1072 at a press conference in the Capitol. The bill ... more

Fix archaic medical policy failing Coloradans with mental health needs | OPINION

February 20, 2024 By: Vincent Atchity Many are aware Colorado is in a dire crisis of mental health, substance use and homelessness. We see every day too many of ... more

For Coloradans already struggling with their budgets, the cost of mental health care is increasingly out of reach

February 9, 2024 By: Tautiana Flowers The high cost of mental health care has long influenced who can get the care they need and who cannot, perhaps since its ... more

Denver Gymnastics to Host First ‘My Ribbon, My Reason’ Meet

February 7, 2024 By: The University of Denver The University of Denver gymnastics team will host its first "My Ribbon, My Reason" meet on Sunday, February 11, ... more

First MindFest mental wellness and health fair coming to Conifer Feb. 17

January 31, 2024 By: Jane Reuter Eight speakers are scheduled throughout the day, talking about subjects ranging from cyberbullying to anxiety. Keynote ... more

Colorado doctors highlight patient safety and preparation as key priorities in state’s development of psilocybin therapy rules

January 29, 2024 By: Shane Ersland Colorado is in the process of developing rules for the rollout of its psilocybin therapy program, and mental health experts ... more

Colorado has the nation’s third-longest waitlist for people charged with crimes and ordered into psychiatric treatment

January 24, 2024 By: Jennifer Brown But private hospitals typically do not take patients who have been ordered into treatment through the criminal justice ... more

Finding a nonprofit board that fits

January 3, 2024 By: Jeanne Souldern Over the last five years as a Sopris Sun freelance reporter, I’ve written many articles on mental health. Early in my ... more

Decades-old rule pushes mentally ill Coloradans out of hospitals too soon. Legislators may finally change it.

December 11, 2023 By: Seth Klammann Barbara Vassis keeps a spreadsheet to track her daughter’s years-long journey through Colorado’s patchwork mental ... more