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Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown is a co-founder and reporter at The Colorado Sun.

Jen is a co-founder and reporter at The Sun, where she writes about mental health, child welfare and social justice issues.

Her first journalism job was at The Hungry Horse News in her home state of Montana, before moving on to reporting jobs in Texas and Oklahoma. She worked for 13 years at The Denver Post, including several years on the investigative projects team, before helping create The Sun in 2018.

Jen is a graduate of the University of Montana and loves hiking, skiing and watching her kids’ sports.

Rare three-agency audit of western Colorado mental health center finds dangerous prescription practices

Mind Springs Health, which provides mental health services and has a psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction, remains on a corrective action plan


141 wild horses — a third of those captured from the Western Slope — died in country’s deadliest flu outbreak

Bureau of Land Management officials say the outbreak is winding down after two and a half weeks


The number of LGBTQ foster kids is on the rise, but does Colorado have enough accepting homes?

A handful of child placement agencies and a county child welfare program are standouts in seeking same-sex couples and LGBTQ-affirming foster homes.

Social Services

More abortion patients, more money, more volunteers in Colorado if Roe v. Wade is struck down

Both sides predict more intensity in Colorado if states in the South and Midwest outlaw abortion

Politics and Government

Many of the 119 wild horses killed by equine flu at Cañon City facility weren’t vaccinated, BLM says 

National mustang advocates are demanding an investigation into the horses’ lack of vaccination. More than one-quarter of West Douglas herd has died.


A rare conviction and tearful Capitol testimony are intensifying pressure to reform Colorado’s guardianship system

Elder abuse prevention advocates are cheering the conviction of a Colorado Springs conservator accused of stealing from her wards. And lawmakers hear emotional testimony from loved ones with guardians.

Politics and Government

67 wild horses die at federal facility in Cañon City from mysterious illness

The federal Bureau of Land Management says many of the horses are from the West Douglas range, in Rio Blanco County.


Colorado governor’s plan for homeless recovery campus in Watkins gets initial approval after fiery debate

Hours-long, passionate hearing centered on why the state would repurpose the campus for homeless adults instead of youth in mental health crisis.

Social Services

Colorado lawmakers aim to protect mental health therapists from billing headaches, clawbacks after a rough year

Two bills with bipartisan support would help therapists in private practice who are fed up with the convoluted Medicaid payment system. They follow investigative reporting by The Sun and Colorado News Collaborative.


Ketamine is quietly helping Colorado patients with severe depression at a community mental health center

Patients who never found success with antidepressants are feeling their depression lift thanks to ketamine treatments at a new Mental Health Center of Denver program.


Bill aims to prevent runaways, improve mental health results for Colorado foster youth at residential centers 

A task force included in the bill would be named after a 12-year-old boy who ran away from a Denver residential center and was struck and killed by an SUV.

Social Services

Colorado’s public guardianship program gets approval to expand despite 14 deaths of wards in past two years

The legislature’s Joint Budget Committee voted 4-2 to expand the pilot program beyond Denver despite a House vote to stop it.

Politics and Government

Colorado health systems are making progress — finally — on combining mental and medical care

Huge health systems have added dozens of mental health professionals to primary care clinics in the past few years, helping doctors treat the “whole person.”


Colorado’s controversial public guardianship program scrutinized in legislative budget battle

Lawmakers who want to stop the program’s expansion are concerned about deaths of 14 wards in two years and a lack of oversight.

Politics and Government

Number of patients who sought medication to end their lives under Colorado’s aid-in-dying law on the rise

The state health department’s latest report on the law shows the median time between prescription and death was 18 days. A CU Anschutz study, meanwhile, finds many doctors are still leery.


Moffat County caseworker accused of fabricating child abuse, neglect investigations has been charged with forgery

The discovery of falsified reports alarmed state officials, who sent 15 caseworkers to Craig in 2020 to re-investigate 80 abuse and neglect cases.

Social Services

Regional mental health centers are alarmed by Colorado’s 232-page plan to shake up the system 

Supporters say it’ll end a monopoly and a funding stream that’s less than transparent. Community mental health centers say it will result in fewer services amid a mental health crisis.


Colorado’s new mental health commissioner to focus on “front-door” access to care, children and the fentanyl crisis

Dr. Morgan Medlock was most recently in charge of crisis services for the Department of Behavioral Health in Washington, D.C.


New wolf attack in North Park puts cattle ranchers back on edge as reintroduction looms

The rancher will be reimbursed for the loss of the pregnant cow. Meanwhile, six protective burros were delivered to a nearby ranch that lost three cows to wolves earlier this winter.


Colorado’s new professional ultimate disc team wants to grow the sport — so it turned to young offenders

The mostly white sport is looking for new recruits, and young offenders are looking for better ways to learn how to communicate with each other

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