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Failed 2014 overhaul shows how lobbyists, politics have maintained status quo of Colorado’s mental health care

A schizophrenic man had opened fire on a packed movie theater in Aurora, killing 12 and injuring dozens more. Something had to be done. The Aurora theater shooter had tried to get mental health treatment before the killings. That provided a possible opening for then-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to search for preventive solutions. He turned […]

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Colorado’s governor funds new programs to add more youth psychiatric beds amid mental health crisis

Colorado’s youth mental health crisis has reached worst-yet status, as evidenced by recent outcries from the health care, child welfare and juvenile corrections systems. A recap of the just the past few months:  Nearly every district attorney in the state signed a letter saying there are no beds for kids in distress who’ve been arrested […]

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Colorado begins to reckon with racial bias in child welfare, where Black kids are way overrepresented

Black children are involved in Colorado’s child welfare system at rates far higher than all other kids, a disparity that has state officials reexamining decades-old policies that have contributed to racial bias.  The overrepresentation exists in all levels of the child protection system — from the number of calls to the statewide child abuse hotline […]

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Charges against 2 Colorado women accused of killing their newborns point to need for more awareness of Safe Haven law

The recent arrest of a young Highlands Ranch woman whose dead newborn baby was found hidden in her home — the second newborn murder case in Colorado in the past four months — underscores the reasons behind Colorado’s rarely used “Safe Haven” law.  The law, passed in 2000 after similar cases involving young mothers, allows […]