April 26, 2018

You’re in the midst of a mental health emergency. You’re held for evaluation and treatment. Seventy-two hours pass.

Now you’re on your own.

For thousands of Coloradans, a crisis doesn’t always lead to care. That’s why we wrote Senate Bill 18-270.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Cheri Jahn (U-Wheat Ridge) and Tim Neville (R-Littleton) and Reps. Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood) and Cole Wist (R-Centennial), would help individuals with severe mental health or substance use disorders get treatment, housing and support. Without assistance, many people (like Forrest Wilson) find themselves trapped.

SB 270 faces its first hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday. Please tell the committee members—and your state legislators—to vote yes.

You can also show your support on Tuesday, May 1. Join us in the west foyer of the State Capitol at noon for the proclamation of Mental Health Month.

-Andrew Romanoff