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Jul 07, 2018

Boulder's Mental Health Partners plans suicide prevention campaign for fall

A community mental health center is planning a program to raise awareness about suicide prevention following a number of public suicides in the ...
Jul 03, 2018

Healthcare and Mental Health Reform Key Topics in Governor's Race

(KKCO/KJCT) -- Mental health care has come into focus in recent times because of tragedies both here and across the nation. The experts we talked to ...

The Tribune
Jun 25, 2018

Cooke: Many Good Reasons Why ‘Red Flag’ Bill Was Rejected

By: Senator John Cooke

In the closing days of the 2018 session of the General Assembly, the so-called "red flag" bill was rushed through the state House of Representatives in only five days from introduction to passage. House Democrats and the progressive media were united and vocal in their support, but in the end, only two of 47 Republicans in the legislature thought HB1436 worthy of support.

The Tribune
Jun 25, 2018

Garnett: How Colorado Republicans Blocked an Opportunity to Save Lives

By: Alec Garnett

I am respectfully responding to my colleague and friend Sen. John Cooke's op-ed ("Many good reasons why 'red flag' bill was rejected") regarding the "red flags" legislation introduced this session.

Red flag laws save lives. When a person is in crisis, loved ones and law enforcement are often the first to see signs that they pose a threat. The bipartisan proposal we brought forward this year would have established a process to temporarily remove firearms from individuals who pose a serious threat before they harm themselves or others.

Jun 25, 2018

Your Healthy Family: What Colorado HB18-1094 Means For Kids Mental Health Treatment

By: Ira Cronin

June 21, 2018

This legislative session, Colorado passed House Bill 18-1094 that helps children across our state who are in severe mental health crises, in many significant ways.

In this day and age of bitter partisan battles, Heidi Baskfield, the Vice President of Population Health & Advocacy for Children’s Hospital Colorado says, “It's a massive deal for the legislature to put their stake in the ground and remain committed to providing services for this population in particular, is a significant commitment.”

Denver Post
Jun 25, 2018

Colorado Schools Get $400,000 In Grant Funding For Suicide Prevention But Many Say Much More Is Needed

By: Monte Whaley | The Denver Post
June 24, 2018

Colorado schools will soon divide $400,000 into small grants to pay for suicide-prevention training for all campus employees, including teachers, front-desk attendants and custodians. The training, supporters say, is designed to bolster the fight against a rising tide of suicides by youths.
Jun 23, 2018

Court-ordered mental tests swamp Colorado mental Health Institute at Pueblo

In May, there more than 200 prisoners in Colorado county jails who'd been waiting more than three months to get into the Colorado Mental Health ...

Jun 14, 2018

State Sued For Fourth Time For How They Treat Mentally Ill In Jail

By: Allison Sherry

June 14, 2018

State officials have been sued for the fourth time in a decade for violating a court order that guarantees mentally ill people facing criminal charges receive treatment within about a month.

Lawyers for Disability Law Colorado say that they have been working with state officials for months to find solutions to the growing backlog of mentally ill people sitting in jail awaiting treatment at a state-run mental health facility.

U.S. News & World Report
Jun 01, 2018

Colorado Boosts Funding For School Counselors

By The Hechinger Report, Contributor

May 31, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Mariano Almanza was overwhelmed. With an English paper due at the end of the week, an anatomy packet to complete, and an ever-growing pile of math assignments, the 18-year-old was at a breaking point.

"It was just an insane amount of work; I couldn't handle it and the stress level was beyond anything I've ever experienced," Almanza says. "I left class and came straight to Miss Mack and just burst out crying," he adds.

Summit Daily
May 15, 2018

Colorado's Office of Behavioral Health Launches Public Awareness Campaign for Opioid Addiction

By: Deepan Dutta

The Colorado Department of Human Services' Office of Behavioral Health has launched "Lift the Label," a public awareness campaign to reduce stigma for individuals struggling with opioid addiction through education and stories from Coloradans in recovery. Around 200 people including Gov. John Hickenlooper are participating in the campaign to speak about the role stigma plays in the opioid crisis.