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Mar 12, 2018

Psychologist Encourages Mental Health Dialogue to Celebrate Brain Awareness Week

The Let's Talk Colorado campaign comprises more than 20 public and private health organizations and community groups. The initiative encourages Coloradans to talk to someone they trust about their mental health. Family members, friends and others who initiate that conversation make a difference, ...
Mar 12, 2018

This week in the Legislature, March 12, 2018

Dan Thurlow's bill on Mind Springs Health. The Grand Junction Republican's measure, which Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, will present, requires the Colorado Department of Human Services to continue to lease space to that mental health provider until 2020 at the Grand Junction Regional Center ...
Jan 23, 2018

Legislative Roundup: Bills to Watch (So Far)

Under SB 40, nine legislators on the Opioids and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee are proposing to make Denver the first city in ... HB 1040 would require the Colorado Department of Corrections to create an incentive plan to attract mental-health professionals in rural parts of the ...
Jan 22, 2018

Portrait of Health: An Intimate Look at Denver Youth

Mental Health. Sexual assault. Lack of sleep. To uncover the biggest health issues facing Denver's youth, city officials let a group of local teenagers take ... The group of teenagers in this room were recruited to talk to Denver Public Health and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment ...
Jan 22, 2018

Colo. sheriff's office to pair mental health specialists with deputies

The Sheriff's Office applied for and has been granted Colorado Department of Human Services money to start its own five-year co-responder program, which will pair a behavioral health specialist with a deputy on calls where mental health is believed to be a concern. While the final grant amount has not ...
Jan 22, 2018

Colorado officials eye moving Circle Program out of Pueblo mental hospital

State officials want to move the highly respected Circle Program out of the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, saying that would protect it from the chronic staffing shortages at the state hospital. Colorado Department of Human Services officials will ask the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee to ...
Jan 18, 2018

Fredrickson: Be proud of Colorado's new police program

Be proud, Coloradoans. This state has done something really beneficial. For police in Colorado, mental health and substance abuse problems are becoming increasingly more prevalent. Last week, the Colorado Department of Human Services announced that it planned to address this issue through a ...
Jan 17, 2018

Quarterback's death permeates NCAA convention discussions

"The same problems regular students have with mental health are the same problems student-athletes have. ... asking for help because of worries about what coaches and peers think or whether they may lose a scholarship, the bigger problem might be the long-held stigma attached to mental illnesses.
Jan 17, 2018

Beleaguered VA hospital in Colorado sees staffing, design obstacles before 2018 opening

The problem isn't unique to Denver, Roe said. As of the end of June, the VA reported 34,000 job vacancies system-wide, and VA Secretary David Shulkin has said hiring mental health care professionals to meet demand is particularly challenging. The agency set a goal to hire 1,000 mental health care ...
Jan 10, 2018

How you can lobby the Colorado Legislature

We expect a debate over everything from road construction to mental health issues. Criminal law and education. Just about any issue of public concern can end up on the agenda. It can seem daunting, but it's easier to lobby your state legislature than it is to lobby Congress in Washington, DC.. For all of ...