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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.

Health

Grand Junction mental health center accused of prescription errors that threatened patient safety, report says

A June letter not released until now says Mind Springs put patients at risk

Health

In the age of social media, a new app aims to help Colorado teens make friends off their phones

The Nod app, piloted across eight school districts, helps students learn ways to form new face-to-face friendships after the pandemic left many isolated and anxious

Education

Colorado plans to expand experimental adult guardianship program despite complaints, scrutiny

Fourteen at-risk adults have died while under the care of a public guardian in the past year and a half

Health

Medicaid payment issues plague host of Colorado caregivers and therapists who see low-income and disabled patients

The state Medicaid division is facing complaints about contractors on multiple fronts, from mental health to in-home caregivers for people with disabilities

Health

Zornio: Stop hurting kids with your political rage

Adults should ask themselves some honest questions: Are you truly setting a positive example for the next generation?

Opinion Columns

Colorado mental health professionals incensed after Medicaid forum that was intended to clear the air

About 160 mental health therapists, counselors and psychologists joined a forum to vent about Medicaid payment delays and burdensome paperwork. They left even angrier.

Health

Opinion: Adults who accept the suffering of others damage the emotional health of children

There’s no better therapy for kids than seeing adults work together to help others

Opinion Columns

With sports bets in the billions, Colorado still lags on tackling problem gambling

Now that legal sports wagering has gone mainstream, there’s a move to revisit the law – and a chronically weak commitment to mitigating the damage

Health

What’d I Miss?: Struggling for help from Colorado’s failing mental health safety net

Opinion

Colorado lawmakers know where they want to direct federal COVID funding. They just have to figure out how.

Three task forces released their final plans for spending American Rescue Plan Act money to increase affordable housing, improve mental health and boost the economy

Politics and Government

Children’s Hospital hires first-ever chief of mental health after declaring state of emergency

Dr. K. Ron-Li Liaw spoke to The Sun about her goals to create “developmentally sensitive” mental health checkups for all kids and the hospital’s “pivot” to mental health.

Health

A mental health hold can help Coloradans in crisis. But for many who are seriously ill, that’s where the help stops.

Mental health advocates want to overhaul the state law for 72-hour involuntary holds. But helping people with serious mental illness will require a lot more than that.

Politics and Government

Three state agencies are auditing the troubled mental health center for 10 Western Slope counties

State investigators are at Mind Springs Health offices in Western Colorado this week to review files and financial documents.

Health

What will be debated at the Colorado Capitol when the legislature returns next week

Gov. Jared Polis and four state lawmakers joined The Colorado Sun for an event ahead of the 2022 legislative session

Politics and Government

Officials say mental health clinic is failing Colorado mountain towns, where suicide rates are above average

Two counties are breaking from their mental health provider, Mind Springs Health. Others are taking notes.

Health

Colorado’s mental health system is “broken.” An audit could reveal why, and what to do about it.

While the state’s Behavioral Health Task Force decides how to spend $450 million, a battle waged in letters intensifies

Health

Colorado has half a billion dollars to fix its mental health system. But it won’t work without workers.

Community mental health centers across the state are more desperate for workers than ever. More than 1,090 jobs are vacant at 17 regional centers.

Health

Colorado’s mental health safety net is “failing.” Will planned reforms fix or further the problems?

Colorado, the state with the nation’s highest rate of adult mental illness and lowest access to care, has been giving community mental health centers non-compete contracts and a privileged rate status for nearly 60 years, without meaningful oversight

Health

Opinion: Colorado’s first mental-health commissioner must be more than a symbolic hire

We can’t waste this enormous opportunity to put mental health at the crossroads of public policy

Opinion Columns
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