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KKTV
May 23, 2018

EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE LAUNCHES MENTAL HEALTH RESPONSE PROGRAM

By Alyssa Chin

May 08, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - There's a good chance that a local police officer or deputy is on a call right now that involves a person dealing with a mental health issue.

Douglas County Deputy Zachari Parrish was trying to help a man in a mental health crisis when he was shot and killed.

With this growing problem in mind, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with mental health experts.

KUNC
May 02, 2018

DRAMA SURROUNDS GOP LAWMAKER'S SUPPORT FOR COLORADO GUN BILL

By: Bente Birkeland, Capitol Coverage
May 2, 2018

A Republican House leader is facing a backlash from his own caucus for sponsoring a bill that would allow law enforcement and family members to get a court order to temporarily remove a person’s guns if that person poses a danger. The so-called "red flag" measure cleared the House Judiciary committee on Tuesday night along party lines.

9News
May 01, 2018

‘IT'S ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. NOT GUNS:' LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE RED FLAG BILL

By: Allison Sylte
April 30, 2018

Colorado lawmakers announced a new gun bill Monday morning aimed at temporarily freezing the right to bear arms for people with mental illness.

Lawmakers and victims of gun violence gathered in the Colorado State Capitol Monday morning to announce a bill aimed at creating a “red flag” process for families and law enforcement to suspend a person’s gun rights with the approval of a judge if they’re deemed a mental health threat.

Denver Post
Apr 25, 2018

COLORADO LAWMAKERS SHOULD PASS THESE 3 BILLS TO ADDRESS SERIOUS MENTAL-HEALTH CHALLENGES

When politicians and commentators talk about Colorado’s unmet budgetary needs, they usually highlight spending on education and transportation. Occasionally they’ll notice the $32 billion unfunded liability in the public pension system that glowers over the state’s future like an angry cloud. But mention mental health care and their eyes often go blank.

What’s the backlog there?

Colorado Department of Human Services
Apr 16, 2018

OPIOID CRISIS IN COLORADO: THE OFFICE OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH'S ROLE, RESEARCH AND RESOURCES

Across Colorado and the United States, rates of opioid addiction and overdose are devastating communities, families and individuals. Colorado recorded 472 opioid overdose deaths in 2015 from both prescription opioids and illegal opioids such as heroin.

The Grand Junction Sentinel
Apr 09, 2018

SENATE'S BUDGET INCLUDES PAY RAISE FOR COLORADO MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE AT PUEBLO

By: Peter Roper, The Pueblo Chieftain

Direct-care staff at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo are in line to get raises next year after the state Senate included $9.4 million for those employees in its 2019 budget.

The Senate passed the spending package Wednesday evening, but the pay raise for CMHIP staff was included only after state Sen. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, was able to pass it on an 18-17 vote. The Senate earlier had rejected the idea on a voice vote.

Fox 31
Mar 27, 2018

STUDY: FIRST RESPONDERS NEED HELP DEALING WITH DEPRESSION, SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

AURORA, Colo. -- First responders in Colorado say they need better access to mental health resources.

The findings are part of a report from the National Mental Health Innovation Center at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, in partnership with Responder Strong.

“We’re not called because people want to tell us they’re having a great day. We’re called to witness the biggest tragedies of other people’s lives,” Responder Strong director Rhonda Kelly said.

9News
Mar 26, 2018

What Colorado schools are doing for students' mental health

By: Chandler Gould

The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced new guidelines to help spot signs of depression in pediatricians’ young patients.

They are recommending that doctors carefully screen their patients ages 12 and over during their annual checkups.

This decision, while years in the making, comes at a time schools are struggling with how to deal with mental illness in their student bodies.

Some Colorado school districts have started taking steps to try and help their students through mental illness.

The Rocky Mountain Collegian
Mar 26, 2018

Student groups create community as a resource for mental heath support, advocacy

By: Samantha Ye

Alongside the plethora professional mental health resources available to them, Colorado State University students formed several student-led organizations to support the mental well-being of their peers.

Two student groups, Active Minds and Ram Recovery, focus on giving students a community to connect with and an advocacy platform for their voices, if they so choose.

Active Minds

The Ripon Advance
Mar 21, 2018

Heller proposes bill to guarantee mental health care benefits for discharged veterans

In a reversal of current policy, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would be required to provide mental health care and assessments to United States military veterans who receive “other-than honorable” discharges under legislation recently introduced by U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV).

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