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Colorado has pushed for years to combine mental health and medical care. Some new laws  and money should help. 

Almost a quarter of the residents of Routt and Moffat counties use the local community health center, which is why it has tried to incorporate mental health screenings for anyone who comes in for a checkup — or even a toothache.  Northwest Colorado Health, with offices in Steamboat Springs and Craig, began integrating mental health […]

Posted inEnvironment, Politics and Government

Cañon City facility where 145 wild horses died is short-staffed, in violation of federal policies, report finds

The federal Bureau of Land Management failed to vaccinate wild horses captured from western Colorado because the Cañon City holding facility lacks enough workers and because the mustangs were “unusually high-strung,” according to a report released Thursday that offers the first clues about why 145 horses died from a typically preventable equine flu. A review […]

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Colorado will continue locking up 10-year-olds, for now, after legislation to raise the prosecution age to 13 stalls

The youngest kids arrested and locked up in Colorado’s youth corrections system are 10 years old, a practice that will continue for now after legislation to raise the prosecution age to 13 was rewritten in the final days of the legislative session.  So far this year, Colorado has arrested and locked up 33 kids ages […]

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

State officials blasted one of Colorado’s 17 community mental health centers for prescription practices they called “scary” and “appalling” as they released a rare, three-agency audit Thursday.  The audit of Mind Springs Health, the safety-net mental health center for 10 counties on the Western Slope, followed dozens of complaints about the quality of care from […]

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

A third of the wild horses captured from Western Slope rangeland last summer have died in the equine flu outbreak at their holding pens in Cañon City, though federal officials said Wednesday that the outbreak is winding down. Mustang deaths — which numbered more than 20 on the worst days of the outbreak — have […]

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

Diamond Kobylinski spent almost his entire childhood in foster homes, from age 2 to 17. The worst, though, was when one set of foster parents changed their mind about adopting him after Kobylinski blurted out during an argument that he was gay.  It was the first time Kobylinski had ever said the words out loud. […]

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

Billboards screaming about abortion pills. More “sidewalk counseling” and protesters outside clinics. More out-of-state money, more volunteers, more patients traveling to Colorado to seek abortions.  This is what the future of the abortion battle will look like in Colorado, predicted advocates on both sides Tuesday after a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion striking down […]