Recently Completed Legislative Session Leads To Big Gains In Mental Health Care

Mental health care was one area perhaps lost in the shuffle of the 2017 legislative session amid high-profile issues like transportation, the hospital provider fee and what constitutes the public consumption of marijuana.
But officials say 2017 was a banner year filled with advances that will have a great impact across Colorado. In one example, the House and Senate both passed — and Gov. Hickenlooper signed into law last month — a bill that provides support to students who may be dealing with mental health issues. Another is designed to end the use of jails and correctional facilities as placement options for individuals with mental health concerns who haven’t been charged with a crime.

Advocates say it’s important to determine early if someone is experiencing the symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental Health Colorado is offering anonymous, online screenings for those trying to assess the condition of themselves or family members.

Andrew Romanoff, president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, and a former speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.

Click here to listen to their conversation.