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Colorado Office of Behavioral Health

Colorado Office of Behavioral Health
Colorado Office of Behavioral Health

On Edge: Colorado’s behavioral health chief opens up about his own severe depression

Robert Werthwein says he's been struck by the number of young men who have confided in him lately that they’ve been concealing COVID-related depression for fear that colleagues, friends or relatives will judge them as weak.

Health

Pairing mental health counselors with police on calls shows promise in Colorado

Colorado's marijuana taxes funded 10 co-responder programs that dispatch mental health pros with cops. Two years in, the concept seems to be working in cities along the Front Range.

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s splintered mental health system has had tragic failures. The state is taking the first step to fix it.

A task force ordered by Gov. Jared Polis calls for creating a new Behavioral Health Administration, but the plan has no new funding

Opinion: We need a national prevention strategy for health and behavioral health problems

Opinion Columns

Coronavirus-related calls are dominating Colorado’s mental health crisis hotline

Calls to the mental health line have spiked in the past month, but tips to Safe2Tell are down. It’s too soon to know whether the pandemic will result in more suicides, say experts.

Health

As the teen mental health epidemic escalates, emergency rooms get innovative and a for-profit hospital sees an opening

A statewide review is attempting to pinpoint the gaps in care as one study finds kids go out of network up to 7 times more often for mental health care.

Health

Colorado officials created greeting cards to destigmatize the opioid epidemic. They didn’t order nearly enough.

The state made almost 10,000 cards with money from a federal grant but it took only four days for them to go out of stock

Health