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Solitary Confinement Reform Challenges Spotlight Mental Health Care Need

October 18, 2023 By: Vincent Atchity A new law went into effect in July 2022 that limits how Colorado jails and prisons can use solitary confinement for ... more

Colorado addiction experts prioritize care for individuals leaving carceral settings

November 7, 2023 By: Shane Ersland Helping Coloradans who struggle with addiction, particularly for individuals transitioning out of a carceral setting, will ... more

Navigating mental health challenges in Pitkin County’s criminal justice system

September 18, 2023 By: Anna Meyer More than half of the average daily population in Pitkin County’s jail has a serious mental health issue, according to a ... more

Access to mental-health resources keeps patients from seeking help

September 03, 2023 By: Anna Meyer Last year, Mental Health America — a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of mental health, well-being, and illness ... more

988 crisis line looks to empower others through awareness and care

September 01, 2023 By: Sage Kelley “As a nation, we are in a vast public health crisis when it comes to mental health," Vincent Atchity, president and CEO ... more

Mental health resources available in Colorado

August 30, 2023 By: Brooke Williams A recent report found that Coloradans struggle with mental health more than people living in most other states, ranking at ... more

New Colorado law prevents medical debt from showing on your credit report

August 23, 2023 By: Jeff Anastasio “You can go to to get copies of your credit reports and review them to see if your medical ... more

We must get to root causes of Colorado’s mental health crisis

August 29, 2023 By: Vincent Atchity For 70 years, Mental Health Colorado has prioritized the health and well-being of Coloradans across the lifespan by ... more

Suicide hotline 988 looks back at year, raises concerns for future

August 17, 2023 By: Sage Kelly The 988 suicide and crisis lifeline began in July of 2022, looking to battle the ever-growing suicide rates head-on with ease ... more

Mental health — and care options — in Colorado remain 'distressing' after years in survival mode

January 29, 2023 By: Debbie Kelly Colorado no longer ranks as the worst state in the nation for the prevalence of mental illness and access to treatment for ... more

Colorado’s ambitious plan to reform eating disorder treatment facilities rolled back

April 30, 2023 By: Seth Klamman Amid a surge in eating disorder diagnoses in Colorado, budget-minded lawmakers stripped language from a bill Monday that ... more

Colorado legislature lends focus to youths’ mental health

March 15, 2023 By: Jeanne Souldern Mental Health Colorado (MHC) President Dr. Vincent Atchity spoke with The Sopris Sun recently about bills before the Colorado ... more

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 ... more

Once dead last in mental health metrics, Colorado experts search for lifelines

April 5, 2023 By: Jeanne Davant The signs of mental illness are all around us, but often they’re scars we choose not to see. It’s the person sitting ... more

Care, not cuffs, for substance use | OPINION

February 9, 2023 By: Vincent Atchity It’s no secret there is a significant and growing mental health and substance use crisis in Colorado. Though some are ... more

This Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s shift from self care to system change

May 14, 2023 By: Vincent Atchity It seems one of the few things that 90 percent of Americans will agree on these days is that we are in the midst of a mental ... more

Experts say Colorado’s mental health care system is ‘failing’

July 14, 2023 By: Ryan Spencer As the Summit County community processes the aftermath of an incident involving mental health issues where officers shot and ... more

The Longevity Project, Part 3: Mental health impacts of pandemic are multifaceted

September 12, 2021 By: Kari Dequine Harden Local mental health care providers are seeing a higher patient load than ever. And nationally, research shows an ... more

EN ESPAÑOL Los estados tienen dinero para gastar en salud mental, pero quizá no dure

September 8, 2021 By: Sophie Quinton DENVER — Colorado es conocido como la meca de la salud y la vida al aire libre. Sin embargo, un porcentaje de residen... more

Federal class action lawsuit draws attention to children with mental health issues

September 3, 2021 By: Marianne Goodland BB is 16. Instead of going to school or hanging out with friends, she's been living in the emergency room of a ... more