Ross Klopf (Libertarian)

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Do you support school policies and funding that increase the availability of mental health services in schools and early childhood settings?
  • Yes: Funding should come from cutting wasteful school administration costs
Do you support additional funding for follow-up care for individuals after a suicide attempt or overdose?
  • Yes: Drug use needs to be de-criminalized to allow users to get help, this will allow for additional private funding.
Do you support extreme risk protection orders?
  • No: Most of these red flag laws in existence are poorly written and with little or no due process. These orders can be acceptable if they include proper due process and protect gun owners from illegal government gun confiscation when they are getting help.
Do you support strengthening laws and transparency requirements compelling insurance companies to provide coverage for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders that is equal to the coverage provided for a physical illness?
  • Yes: I agree with insurance coverage transparency, it is up to the individual to chose the proper coverage for their situation. The plans need to be clear on what is covered. I support health care cost transparency on all health care services, with and without coverage.
Do you support strengthening requirements that insurance companies have enough mental health and substance use professionals to guarantee their members have a choice of provider?
  • No: I agree with the concept, but this may not be realistic in some rural areas. The companies need to be transparent about if there are not very many choices of providers under the plan.
Do you support requirements that hospitals and other providers report information on treatment availability to help individuals, hospitals and law enforcement locate available treatment for people in crisis?
  • Yes: This makes a lot of sense, it helps law enforcement, the individuals that need treatment and it helps keep the hospitals from getting too full.
Do you support providing state funds to expand capacity for mental health and substance use treatment in underserved areas of the state?
  • No: I would instead see if there was a way to fund the expansion of services with private funding.
Do you support additional state investments in affordable housing with supportive services for people with mental health or substance use disorders?
  • No: There is a problem with housing costs in parts of the state, but it is usually due to overly restrictive zoning laws. Boulder is an example of where overly restrictive zoning and a growth restriction has overly inflated the housing costs. It can also help to allow citizens to rent out a space for RV on their property as long as it has the proper water and sewer connections.