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Summit County
Aug 01, 2018

BOCC places measure on ballot to address key community challenges

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to place a measure on the ballot to support wildfire mitigation, mental health, recycling, public facilities and affordable preschool. If approved by Summit County voters in November, the measure would raise about $8.8 million per year through a 4.7 mill property tax – a cost of about $2.83 per month per $100,000 of residential property value.

Telluride Daily Planet
Jul 20, 2018

Mental health service tax moves closer to November ballot

By: Suzanne Cheavens

A ballot measure that would ask voters to use tax dollars in support of mental health services in San Miguel County moved closer to approval at Wednesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. Commissioners Kris Holstrom, Hilary Cooper and Joan May unanimously moved to have county staff work with Tri-County Health (TCH) Network officials and other stakeholders in crafting ballot language and “to provide appropriate notice to the San Miguel County Clerk and Recorder of the intent to participate in the November 2018 election.”
Aug 07, 2018

How red flag laws could help families grappling with guns and mental illness

While some states have "red flag" laws that allow a judge to temporarily remove a mentally ill person's access to guns, it's not easy to balance their ...

Denver Post
Jul 26, 2018

Douglas County deputy’s shooting death propels effort to change Colorado laws on mentally ill and gun ownership

By Noelle Phillips | The Denver Post

The New Year’s Eve shooting death of a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy has reignited the debate over the mentally ill and gun ownership in Colorado after two reports released last week laid out a step-by-step account of the killer’s mental state and the arsenal he kept in his apartment.

Jul 24, 2018

Northern Colorado mental and behavioral health facility headed back to voters

By Saja Hindi

Dozens packed the Larimer County Commissioners hearing room Tuesday.

As commenter after commenter took the microphone, continuous pleas were made for the commissioners to allow voters to reconsider a ballot initiative they said was vital to the community — a tax to fund a new mental and behavioral health facility.

During his turn to speak, Loveland resident Bob Massaro turned around and asked how many people in the audience knew someone who either died by suicide or attempted suicide.

Almost every hand in the room went up.

Jul 23, 2018

Colorado faces growing legal jeopardy over dealing with mentally ill inmates

By: Allison Sherry

In the last year, judges have either threatened to hold state officials in contempt of court or ordered them to directly move mentally ill inmates to the state’s mental health hospital instead of letting them languish — untreated — in the state’s jails for months at a time.
Jul 21, 2018

Walk Across America comes to Colorado, spreads mental illness awareness

A group of wounded veterans continues to make their across America all while sharing their personal battles with mental illness. On Saturday they ...
Jul 20, 2018

Colorado family fights insurance company to get mental health treatment for their son

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. -- A Greenwood Village couple says they fought their insurance company to get mental health treatment for their ...

Jul 09, 2018

Colorado’s mental health crisis hotline prepares for a busier, higher-tech future

July 9, 2018

By: Matt Bloom

A chorus of voices fills a Denver call center, coming from the rows of soldier-like operators in cubicles.

“Colorado support line. This is Caroline,” a female operator says. “Who am I speaking with?”

The caller’s words are muffled, inaudible to anyone but the operator. In the next cubicle, a male operator is finishing his conversation.

“Is there anything else that I can do to try and assist you tonight?” he asks.

Silently, he nods along, taking diligent notes.

The Daily Sentinel
Jul 09, 2018

Study of homeless inmates focuses on mental health, substance use

July 5, 2018

By: Gabrielle Porter

Homeless inmates in Colorado jails suffer from mental illness and substance use disorders in far greater numbers than non-homeless inmates, but are statistically less likely to be charged with a violent crime, according to a study by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice.