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Behavioral Health Administration Launches in Colorado (July 1)

Veteran Suicide Prevention Pilot Program 'Next Chapter' Launches in El Paso County (June 8)

Bill to establish Behavioral Health Administration signed into law (May 25)

Fellows named to national equity-grounded behavioral health leadership program (February 28)

I Matter program gains momentum, addresses growing stress and anxiety facing youth (January 26)

Recent press coverage
Title Source Date
May 2022
Colorado’s problem gamblers could find help on the way after decades of indifference The Colorado Sun 5/4/22
Colorado's I Matter program helps kids affected by pandemic 9News 5/2/22
Mental health help and addiction resources for Colorado residents 9News 5/2/22
Need For Equitable Access To Mental Health Care Highlighted By Gov. Jared Polis CBS 4 5/2/22
April 2022
“You are not alone”: State officials sign mental health bill into law Wednesday KKTV 4/27/22
Q&A: Dr. Morgan Medlock, Commissioner for the Colorado Behavioral Health Administration State of Reform 4/20/22
How Colorado youth are utilizing the state's free mental health service Rocky Mountain PBS 4/18/22
New behavioral health chief wants state to 'reimagine' crisis care Colorado Springs Gazette 4/2/22
March 2022
Colorado’s new mental health commissioner to focus on “front-door” access to care, children and the fentanyl crisis The Colorado Sun 3/23/22
Colorado bill for new behavioral health agency seeks sweeping safety-net reforms 9News 3/6/22
February 2022
$76 million could fix Colorado’s youth mental health system, study finds as kids are sent out of state for care The Colorado Sun 2/21/22
Eagle Valley Behavioral Health receives license, designation critical to adding funding and services Vail Daily 2/16/22
Let’s Make History Together: Achieving a More Equitable, Accountable, and Effective Behavioral Health System South Platte Sentinel 2/9/22
Proposed legislation would promote mental health crisis services for students Post Independent 2/1/22
January 2022
Hospital backlog has mental health patients sitting in county jails KOAA 1/27/22
“I Matter” gains traction across Colorado Fox 21 1/26/22
Colorado ‘I Matter’ mental health program for youth have hundreds of free appointments available KRDO 1/25/22
Campaign targets people of color to help end drug addiction disparities Denver 7 1/25/22
CO health experts explain why they’re alarmed by the state’s mental health situation and why you should be, too Fox 21 1/20/22
Three state agencies are auditing the troubled mental health center for 10 Western Slope counties The Colorado Sun 1/12/22
Front Range Mobile Clinic offers help for addiction in Woodland Park and Cripple Creek Pikes Peak Courier 1/11/22
Polis appoints former D.C. health official as behavioral health commissioner Denver Gazette 1/4/22
Logan County to benefit from statewide $9 million mental health award The Fort Morgan Times 1/3/22
December 2021
Mesa County wins behavioral health grant The Daily Sentinel 12/31/21
Report: Coloradans Face "Perfect Storm" of Mental-Health Challenges Public News Service 12/27/21
Suicide hotline give American's mental health crisis an awareness boost Colorado Springs Gazette 12/25/21
Colorado behavioral health system overhaul ahead of the holiday KRDO 12/23/21
I Matter Program Helps Students Put the Pieces of Mental Health Together Holyoke Enterprise 12/23/21
How to support your kids making big decisions Mile High Mamas 12/22/21
Colorado will receive $2.4 million to implement change in National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Denver Post 12/22/21
Editorial: Reform our mental health safety net and then fill in the holes Denver Post 12/21/21
Opinion: Coloradans deserve transformation in the behavioral health industry Denver Post 12/21/21
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo can’t meet patient demand with staffing shortage KRDO 12/20/21
Office of Behavioral Health offering free mental health services to Colorado youth 9News 12/18/21
Colorado’s mental health system is “broken.” An audit could reveal why, and what to do about it. Colorado Sun 12/16/21
211 Colorado Now Offers Behavioral Health Navigation for Unemployed Coloradans North Forty News 12/15/21
Colorado on pace to top its 2020 overdose death toll as fentanyl fuels crisis Denver Gazette 12/15/21
Colorado has half a billion dollars to fix its mental health system. But it won’t work without workers. Colorado Sun 12/12/21
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo re-accredited despite scoring poorly on quality measures Denver Gazette 12/12/21
A new suicide hotline will launch in July 2022 and offer expanded services Philadelphia Inquirer 12/12/21
Colorado's Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force to Take Public Comment Ark Valley Voice 12/10/21
Robert Werthwein to step down from state Office of Behavioral Health Colorado Politics 12/10/21
Colorado Health IT Roadmap Outlines HIE, Interoperability Goals EHR Intelligence 12/8/21
Dr. Victoria Trapp named CEO of Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan Colorado Politics 12/6/21
COVER STORY | Kids' mental health challenged in a culture of guns Colorado Politics 12/3/21
Pandemic pushes Colorado's pediatric mental health care system to the brink 9News 12/3/21
More mental health resources available for unemployed Coloradans through United Way’s 211 KKTV 12/3/21
Opinion: Colorado’s first mental-health commissioner must be more than a symbolic hire Colorado Sun 12/3/21
Sen. Chris Kolker named legislative champion by Mental Health America Colorado Politics 12/3/21
November 2021
Mental Health Initiative a step ahead in Douglas County Castle Pines Press 11/30/21
Statewide program breaks down barriers for youth access to mental health services Vail Daily 11/27/21
Colorado revamps opioid anti-stigma campaign to reach more diverse audience KUNC 11/22/21
OutSources: Get to The Point / El Puente! For Free Mental Health KGNU 11/22/21
Colorado Edition: Opioid addiction stigma; Native American school mascots KUNC 11/22/21
How to address Colorado’s violent crime increase? It’s more complicated than many want it to be. Denver Post 11/21/21
New CDC report shows rising overdose deaths in Colorado KKCO 11/18/21
The state is being ordered to pay millions in fines due to state hospital backlog Pueblo Chieftain 11/18/21
An ongoing mental health emergency for Colorado kids needs to be met with a major infusion of funding, experts say Colorado Public Radio 11/17/21
Families, health experts want policymakers to take action to turn around children and youth mental health crisis Fox 21 11/16/21
Colorado doesn’t have enough resources to treat people deemed incompetent to stand trial, so the state is turning to private hospitals Colorado Public Radio 11/12/21
Program Will Connect Youth to Free Counseling Sessions Pagosa Daily Post 11/11/21
Anthony Gheradini named executive director of state Department of Personnel & Administration Colorado Politics 11/10/21
Statewide ‘I Matter’ program launches to help in youth mental health KKCO 11/9/21
Colorado’s governor funds new programs to add more youth psychiatric beds amid mental health crisis  Colorado Sun 11/7/21
Work begins on addressing violations at Colorado mental hospital: 'We’re using a system that doesn’t work now' Colorado Springs Gazette 11/6/21
Saunders named NAADAC’s Addiction Educator of the Year UCCS Communique 11/5/21
COVID In Colorado: Teen Mental Health Suffering During Pandemic CBS 4 11/5/21
'Transformational' Changes Are Coming To Mental Health Care In Colorado CBS 4 11/5/21
Gov. Polis releases his state budget proposal State of Reform 11/2/21
Young Coloradans can now get free mental health counseling sessions KOAA 11/2/21
Polis’ $40B state budget proposal includes funding for public safety, homelessness Fox 31 11/1/21
Polis proposes $1.3B more in next year's budget to address effects of pandemic Colorado Politics 11/1/21
Colorado Launches ‘I Matter’ Mental Health Program for Youth Pagosa Daily Post 11/1/21
This state is offering children 3 free mental health counseling sessions USA Today 11/1/21
This state is offering children 3 free mental health counseling sessions Yahoo News 11/1/21
October 2021
Free mental health program targets Colorado youth Fox 31 10/29/21
Colorado kids can now get free therapy and mental health screenings KKTV 10/29/21
Colorado launches ‘I Matter’ mental health program for youth Colorado Newsline 10/29/21
Western Slope Changemakers launches to let youths advocate for youth and community Montrose Press 10/28/21
Colorado: Program to Connect Youth to Free Counseling Sessions STL News 10/28/21
New state program will offer 3 free counseling sessions to Colorado youths Summit Daily 10/28/21
Colorado Launches Free Mental Health Care for Kids 5280 Magazine 10/28/21
Colorado launches historic “I Matter” Program connecting youth to free counseling KRDO 10/28/21
Young Coloradans can now receive three mental health counseling sessions for free Colorado Public Radio 10/28/21
Free Online Mental Health Services Now Available For Colorado Children Experiencing Anxiety & Depression CBS 4 10/27/21
Colorado launches website to connect kids to free mental health sessions Chalkbeat Colorado 10/27/21
Coloradans 18 and under can now receive free mental health counseling sessions 9News 10/27/21
Polis administration launches free youth counseling program Fox 21 10/27/21
State launches free counseling program for young Coloradans Colorado Politics 10/27/21
Colorado is offering children 3 free counseling sessions. Here's how to sign up. Fort Collins Coloradoan 10/27/21
National Suicide Prevention Phone Number to Launch Next Year, But 10-Digit Dialing Required Now Pagosa Daily Post 10/25/21
State report indicates mental health, police agency response programs are helping those in crisis; also spotlights gaps Montrose Press 10/22/21
Panel approves bills from youth committee on mental health, foster care access to higher education Colorado Politics 10/21/21
Healthy Kids Colorado Survey sparks new attention, controversy Vail Daily 10/21/21
Amid national crisis, report puts Colorado at worst in the nation for adult mental health care 9News 10/21/21
Summit County’s SMART Mental Health Program Grabbing Governor’s Attention CBS 4 Denver 10/20/21
Artists create greeting cards to gift people in recovery, their loved ones for Colorado anti-stigma campaign Greeley Tribune 10/18/21
Lifesaving medication for opioid overdoses ‘as important as knowing CPR’ Steamboat Pilot & Today 10/17/21
Jailed Coloradans waiting longer and longer for competency services, with sometimes tragic consequences Colorado Public Radio 10/15/21
5 Things Colorado: Legislators talk health policy, Update from HCPF, DEI in the workforce State of Reform 10/14/21
Mountain Youth launches 9th annual Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Vail Daily 10/14/21
Report: State Human Services-funded co-responder programs improve access to care, reduce arrests Denver Gazette 10/13/21
From sewers to golf courses, cities like Pueblo see green with federal COVID relief dollars Kaiser Health News 10/11/21
Colorado Behavioral Health & Wellness Summit Returns to DU Out Front Magazine 10/8/21
State-employed Puebloans to benefit from Colorado WINS union contract negotiations Pueblo Chieftain 10/5/21
Routt County Sheriff’s Office explores full-time mental health response program Steamboat Pilot & Today 10/5/21
Governor's latest executive order ends rental protections tied to COVID-19 Colorado Politics 10/4/21
Backlog of people waiting for treatment at Colorado's mental hospital could lead to more death: Report Colorado Springs Gazette 10/2/21
Colorado’s veteran suicide rate outpaces national average, new 2019 data shows Colorado Newsline 10/1/21
Emergency responders address mental health crises in Colorado Springs community Colorado Springs Gazette 10/1/21
September 2021
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office recognizes end of National Suicide Prevention Month Fox 21 9/30/21
Colorado's 2015 felony DUI law increased treatment options, but arrests continue to climb Fort Collins Coloradoan 9/30/21
State of mental health on display at Douglas County summit Castle Pines News Press 9/27/21
Mental Health Minute - September 27, 2021 KAFM Grand Junction 9/27/21
‘An invaluable resource’: Law enforcement agencies share benefits of co-response mental health programs Boulder Daily Camera 9/26/21
Governor Polis announces boards and commissions appointments Kiowa County Press 9/24/21
Co-Responder Unit works to address mental health calls KJCT 9/24/21
Tamara Pogue selected for 988 Crisis Hotline Enterprise board of directors Summit Daily 9/23/21
Colorado’s water projects getting a $7.9M boost from sports betting tax revenue The Center Square 9/23/21
Suicide Prevention Month - Things You Can Do to Prevent Suicide Montrose Press 9/16/21
Community policing with compassion in the Roaring Fork Valley Aspen Times 9/16/21
Mental health for kids: The need and the challenge, at times, to fill it Craig Daily Press 9/10/21
Lieutenant governor marks International Overdose Awareness Day Colorado Politics 9/8/21
Class-action lawsuit alleges Colorado is failing at children’s mental health care Colorado Sun 9/8/21
More traumatic events leading to more mental health crisis calls 9News 9/7/21
State grant sought to help kickstart Glenwood Springs detox facility Glenwood Springs Post Independent 9/7/21
Jail-based Behavioral Services seek to diminish revolving door effect at Moffat County Jail Craig Daily Press 9/3/21
September declared as Recovery Month in Colorado KKCO 9/3/21
Gov. Polis declares September as National Recovery Month in Colorado Fox 21 9/2/21
States Have Money to Spend on Mental Health, but It May Not Last Stateline 9/2/21
Colorado lawmakers hear pleas to reform justice system's linkage to mental health treatment Denver Gazette 9/2/21
Your Healthy Family: Overcoming hesitancy around seeking help for mental health KOAA 9/1/21
Overdose Awareness Day draws attention to deadly toll of substance use Colorado Newsline 9/1/21
August 2021
As Colorado sees record overdoses, the Colorado Naloxone Project pushes possible lifesaving treatment Denver 7 8/31/21
Mobile Van That Helps With Addiction Outreach Presented At State Capitol For International Overdose Awareness Day CBS 4 8/31/21
Polis/Primavera administration recognizes International Opioid Awareness Day KRDO 8/31/21
The Longevity Project, Part 1: Suicide is preventable Steamboat Pilot & Today 8/29/21
‘We can make it a little less dark’: Experts say co-responders divert mental health clients from jails, hospitals Greeley Tribune 8/28/21
Mental health workers in Colorado saw huge upticks in need for care. How are they adjusting? Craig Daily Press 8/27/21
GUEST COLUMN: A transformative opportunity to combat the opioid epidemic Colorado Springs Gazette 8/27/21
Teen finds team to score touchdown in life: How new DFCS program could prevent child abandonment The Reveal 8/26/21
Lindley: How far we’ve come on behavioral health Vail Daily 8/25/21
Mental wellness program for health workers and educators Alamosa Valley Courier 8/25/21
Statewide program helps farmers, ranchers access mental health services Craig Daily Press 8/24/21
Loveland rally calls for police department changes after Monday shooting Loveland Reporter Herald 8/22/21
Colorado jails embrace drug program to combat addictions, fatal overdoses Denver Gazette 8/22/21
Colorado is expanding mental health support for teachers, students ahead of uncertain school year Denver 7 8/20/21
Mental health and addiction help: By ag and for ag during wave of rural suicide Fence Post 8/20/21
Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo, prison workers mandated to get COVID-19 vaccine Pueblo Chieftain 8/18/21
Prowers Youth Council Outlines Goals Prowers Journal 8/17/21
Behavioral health task force prepares to tackle mental health, overdose crises in Colorado Colorado Newsline 8/9/21
The Path Forward: Decriminalizing addiction through diversion Las Vegas Optic 8/5/21
Legislators, Community Members Urge Transformation of Colorado’s Mental Health System Pagosa Daily Post 8/4/21
Denver’s behavioral health task force to convene in Aug. Fox 31 8/3/21
Colorado Isn’t Prepared To Deal With the Mental Health Fallout From COVID-19 5280 8/1/21
July 2021
Loveland council members interested in expanding police co-responder program Loveland Reporter Herald 7/28/21
Leaving Behind Uniforms And Sirens, Summit County Sheriff Expands Crisis Response KUNC 7/27/21
New 988 suicide prevention hotline to start in 1 year Denver 7 7/22/21
CASA expands mission to mental health; prepares for name-change Montrose Daily Press 7/21/21
New Discovery Cafe in Rifle guides people in right direction Glenwood Springs Post Independent 7/21/21
Last year's teen suicide spike in El Paso County leads to new prevention tactics to fill gaps Colorado Springs Gazette 7/18/21
Newly passed legislation increases support for mental health Aspen Daily News 7/17/21
Next Move Chat Parent set for July 21 Vail Daily 7/16/21
The number of people who died by suicide in Colorado didn't go up during the pandemic as experts had feared 9News 7/15/21
DA launches new diversion program to keep those accused of drug crimes out of courtrooms Aurora Sentinel 7/15/21
Largest jump in Colorado overdose deaths in more than 20 years, data show Colorado Newsline 7/15/21
¿Cómo le pueden ayudar el Colorado Crisis Services? El Comercio de Colorado 7/15/21
5 Things Colorado: Early Bird Registration, Behavioral Health Administration, Q&A w/ Amanda Massey State of Reform 7/15/21
CO mental health bills increase support Sopris Sun 7/14/21
CDHS celebrates BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month in July Alamosa Valley Courier 7/14/21
Colorado Celebrates BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month Pagosa Daily Post 7/14/21
‘Co-Responder’ behavioral health unit with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office partnered recently with the Fountain Police Department KKTV 7/12/21
Groundbreaking: Mental Health Facility in Salida Mile High CRE 7/8/21
Report: Veteran suicides far outstrip combat deaths in post-9/11 wars Colorado Newsline 7/8/21
Colorado Springs Law Enforcement Commission calls on city to expand mental health services KRDO 7/7/21
Out of the Shadows, Part 4 | Incarceration or rehabilitation: Routt County criminal justice system often tasked with issues it isn’t equipped to solve Steamboat Pilot & Today 7/6/21
Polis signs bills to help veterans Salida Mountain Mail 7/1/21
June 2021
Alternatives to Calling the Denver Police Department 5280 Magazine 6/30/21
Mental health crisis lingers from pandemic Colorado Community Media 6/28/21
Polis signs bills on mental and behavioral health and substance abuse Colorado Springs Gazette 6/28/21
Colorado State Legislature Makes Historic Investment In Behavioral Health Care CBS 4 Denver 6/28/21
Forward Together a state tool for parents, youths Arvada Press 6/28/21
BIDLACK | Erasing the stigma for tormented vets Denver Gazette 6/25/21
5th-worst in US: What to know about grief, prevention amid Colorado's suicide crisis Fort Collins Coloradoan 6/25/21
3 things parents can do to help their child's mental health this summer Fort Collins Coloradoan 6/25/21
Arvada offers mental health services for community impacted by shooting Fox 31 6/24/21
Polis signs bills benefiting veterans Grand Junction Daily Sentinel 6/24/21
Teens Helping Prevent Teen Suicide – Colorado Crisis Services Fox 31 6/24/21
Governor signs bill to curb veteran suicides Colorado Politics 6/23/21
EDITORIAL: Colorado’s policy makers unite on mental health Denver Gazette 6/21/21
Move your body and motivate your mind at the silent disco Move Chat Parent Vail Daily 6/20/21
New law funds 3 mental health sessions for Colorado youth Aurora Sentinel 6/20/21
SIGNED! Colorado Comeback Bills to Expand Mental Health Access for Kids Increase Access to State Resources Become Law EIN Presswire 6/20/21
For Kids With Mental Health Issues The Pandemic Was ‘Fuel To The Fire.’ What Help Is On The Way? Colorado Public Radio 6/19/21
Polis puts his signature on mental health legislation Denver Gazette 6/18/21
American Rescue Plan Stories in All 50 States EIN Presswire 6/17/21
OPINION: Looking back at the 2021 legislative session Fort Morgan Times 6/17/21
June 15, 2021: Preserving Urban Wildlife; Addressing Colorado’s Behavioral Health Needs Colorado Public Radio 6/15/21
Development of Behavioral Health Administration underway in Colorado State of Reform 6/15/21
Colorado receives $94 million federal funding boost for behavioral health services State of Reform 6/14/21
Colorado legislators begin the process of spending $3.8B federal stimulus Denver Business Journal 6/14/21
Colorado calls for pediatric ‘state of emergency’ for children’s MH issues Mental Health Weekly 6/14/21
Crossroads hopes to build a new group treatment facility in Pueblo Pueblo Chieftain 6/11/21
FCC approves 988 as new suicide prevention lifeline number Rocky Mountain Collegian 6/10/21
Youth mental health was front and center in Colorado’s legislative session. But the work is only a “down payment.” Colorado Sun 6/10/21
House Passes Emergency Mental Health, Watershed Restoration Funding Western Slope Now 6/8/21
9 bills that will likely shape Colorado in years to come Colorado Politics 6/8/21
DA Brian Mason considers mental health a top priority Brighton Standard Blade 6/7/21
Want a bigger impact? Partner with other state agencies that share your goals GovLoop 6/4/21
Lawmakers send Polis 20 state stimulus bills Colorado Politics 6/4/21
Two new three-digit numbers will connect Coloradans to mental health help Colorado Springs Gazette 6/3/21
Five stimulus bills pass Colorado Senate Fox 31 6/3/21
May 2021
Nearly 9,000 more Coloradans died in 2020 than normal as fatalities jumped 23.5% during pandemic Denver Post 5/30/21
Struggling with mental health? These resources in Colorado and beyond can help. Denver 7 5/26/21
El Paso County youth suicides increase in 2020; 3 teens had COVID as stated stressor KOAA 5/26/21
Children's Hospital Colorado declares mental health emergency for kids 9News 5/25/21
Colorado receives $3.8 billion from the American Rescue Plan Fox 31 5/24/21
Colorado Will Cash In $4 Billion Of Federal COVID Relief Money To Invest In Mental Health, Affordable Housing And More Colorado Public Radio 5/24/21
Here’s how Colorado’s Democratic leaders want to spend the state’s $3.8 billion federal stimulus check Colorado Newsline 5/24/21
Governor, legislative and congressional Democrats roll out initial plan for fed stimulus Colorado Politics 5/24/21
Denver Gazette: Reach out for help before it’s too late Colorado Politics 5/17/21
Mental Health in Infants & Young Children – Colorado Crisis Services Fox 31 5/17/21
8 Resources for People Struggling with Mental Health in the Denver Area 5280 Magazine 5/12/21
Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet pushing her mental health legislation Colorado Politics 5/12/21
With COVID Hanging In The Background, Mental Health Bills Advance At The Statehouse KUNC 5/12/21
Summit County Sheriff’s Office to launch ‘SMART team lite’ to respond to crisis calls without law enforcement Summit Daily 5/10/21
Ranchers Struggle with Access to Mental Health Services as COVID Puts Stress on Rural Communities People 5/7/21
CDPHE gives an update on COVID-19 Fox 31 5/6/21
Drug addiction: illegal fentanyl can be deadly Denver 7 5/6/21
CDPHE gives an update on COVID-19 Colorado Politics 5/5/21
Lt. Governor proclaims May as Mental Health Month Ark Valley Voice 5/4/21
Health funding in Colorado’s pending FY 2021-2022 budget State of Reform 5/4/21
Colorado hospitals are giving patients take-home doses of the overdose antidote to fight the opioid crisis Colorado Sun 5/3/21
New Project Wants All Colorado Hospitals To Give Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug To At-Risk Patients KUNC 5/3/21
May is Mental Health Month in Colorado Fox 31 5/3/21
Mental Health Awareness Month More Important Than Ever In Post-Pandemic World CBS 4 5/3/21
Colorado leaders address mental health and COVID-19 recovery KKTV 5/3/21
Colorado leaders advocate for ‘healing together’ during Mental Health Month in May KRDO 5/3/21
Commissioners Agree On Lifeguard Pay The Mountain Ear 5/2/21
COVID, isolation, opiates deliver siege of overdose deaths to Colorado Denver Gazette 5/1/21
April 2021
Colorado’s 2-1-1 hotline would ramp up mental health, substance use referrals under proposed law Colorado Newsline 4/27/21
Too Complex, Too Difficult': Colorado Green-Lights New Agency To Reform Mental Health Services KUNC 4/26/21
Colorado lawmakers want to help kids cope with COVID pandemic with unprecedented new plan Denver 7  4/26/21
Behavioral Health Administration forming amid rising suicides, overdose deaths Colorado Newsline 4/26/21
Gov. Polis signs bill to transform behavioral health system State of Reform 4/22/21
Bill would provide kids free access to behavioral health specialists in Colorado 9News 4/22/21
Governor signs sweeping mental health bills to mop up after pandemic Colorado Politics 4/22/21
Youth Mental Health Support is on the Way Western Slope Now 4/22/21
Colorado bill would give children free mental health screenings, therapy sessions KOAA 4/21/21
Colorado committee approves bill to allocate $9 million to youth mental health State of Reform 4/21/21
Colorado Lawmakers Consider Historic Investment In Kids’ Mental Health CBS 4 Denver 4/20/21
Free therapy and mental health screenings for Colorado kids in the works KKTV 4/20/21
Colorado hospitals launch project to get opioid overdose antidote to patients Denver Gazette 4/19/21
Grand Futures: Prevention through connection: Forward Together Steamboat Pilot & Today 4/19/21
EDITORIAL: Legislators should assail the mental health crisis Colorado Springs Gazette 4/19/21
Voice of the Consumer: Prepare now for mandatory 719 area-code dial, coming this fall KKTV 4/19/21
PELTON: Legislative and state budget updates at mid-point of session Sterling Journal-Advocate 4/17/21
Mental health, equity and kindergarten in Colorado: Here's what we learned this week Denver 7 4/16/21
Despite Widespread Mental Health Struggles, Colorado's Suicide Rate Has Remained Steady During The Pandemic KUNC 4/16/21
Proposal would fund free mental health services for children in Colorado Fox 31 4/16/21
New Sheriff Employee Focusing on Mental Health in Denver Jails Westword 4/15/21
Denver City Council Safety Committee discusses plans to address mental health in jails, youth violence Denver Gazette 4/14/21
3-digit suicide hotline coming summer 2022; easier for Coloradans to get mental health resources KKTV 4/13/21
Colorado bill seeks temporary free mental health services for kids 9News 4/12/21
Colorado bill would give children free mental health services during the pandemic CNN 4/11/21
FY 2021-22 Colorado State Budget Passes the Senate Ark Valley Voice 4/9/21
State Lawmakers Advance Sweeping Legislation To Fund Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programs Colorado Public Radio 4/8/21
Colorado is on track to give teens three free therapy sessions to help them cope with coronavirus Colorado Sun 4/8/21
Colorado Senate Democrats introduce 2021 budget bill The Center Square 4/6/21
‘All Kinds Of Trauma’: Students Are Returning To School, But Are We Ready To Help Them Cope? Colorado Public Radio 4/5/21
After months of sports betting, how much tax money has Colorado made? 9News 4/2/21
Youth suicides in El Paso County have doubled during COVID-19 Southeast Express 4/1/21
Coloradans Are Bracing for a Mental Health Crisis After COVID-19 5280 Magazine 4/1/21
March 2021    
Colorado begins planning for 9-8-8 suicide prevention number  YellowScene 3/31/21
What to expect in the court case against the Boulder King Soopers shooting suspect Colorado Sun 3/26/21
As Mass Shootings And Pandemic Collide In Colorado, Mental Health Experts Urge Connection Now More Than Ever Colorado Public Radio 3/26/21
A look at how Montrose’s co-response model is helping the community at-large Montrose Press 3/25/21
More Coloradans are seeking mental health help, but there aren't enough professionals for everyone Denver 7 3/25/21
How a Colorado town is untangling behavioral health care from the criminal justice system Fort Collins Coloradoan 3/22/21
Greeley Tribune Opinion: Bill offers real hope for better access to mental health care resources Greeley Tribune 3/21/21
Colorado Springs-area children, teens suffer mentally from pandemic pressures Colorado Springs Gazette 3/21/21
North Range supports bill to establish state behavioral health administration Greeley Tribune 3/20/21
Public forums underway to shape what new Colorado Behavioral Health Administration will look like Colorado Springs Gazette 3/19/21
Forward Together – Helping Colorado Teenagers & Preteens Fox 31 3/19/21
WATCH LIVE: A Virtual Town Hall About Mental Health In Colorado Colorado Public Radio 3/18/21
New national suicide prevention number to launch next summer Fox 31 3/17/21
On Edge: A Statewide Conversation on Mental Health Ark Valley Voice 3/17/21
Pilot & Today helps host statewide conversation on mental health Steamboat Pilot & Today 3/16/21
House passes bill to create Colorado Behavioral Health Administration Greeley Tribune 3/16/21
Mental health talk to feature state experts and personal stories of struggle Summit Daily 3/16/21
Aspen community briefs: March 20 day of reflection; free mental health discussion; Aspen airport director finalists named The Aspen Times 3/15/21
Join 9NEWS and COLab for a live discussion about mental health in Colorado 9News 3/13/21
Colorado could soon have a Behavioral Health Administration State of Reform 3/11/21
Coronavirus is straining Colorado kids’ mental health. The state hopes free counseling sessions will help. Colorado Sun 3/11/21
One year into COVID-19 pandemic, CDHS continues to offer important services to Coloradans Alamosa Valley Courier 3/11/21
Colorado Seeks Information About Behavioral Health Technology To Decide Whether To Build Or Buy OpenMinds 3/10/21
Boulder’s Crisis Intervention Response Team provides support to those who are suffering Boulder Daily Camera 3/7/21
February 2021
“One of our basic needs is each other”: Months of social isolation changed us. How do we get back what we lost? Denver Post 2/28/21
Ohio Event Spotlights Need to Prevent and Address Behavioral Health Crises Behavioral Health Executive 2/26/21
City Of Boulder: Behavioral Health Co-Responder Program Launches With Boulder Police Department Colorado Patch 2/23/21
Local youth selected for state behavioral health leadership program Sterling Journal Advocate 2/19/21
Culture is Prevention': Jeffco School District Uses Traditions To Curb Indigenous Teen Drug Use KUNC 2/16/21
A Year Of Grief And Loss Breeds Pandemic Fatigue KUNC 2/16/21
Colorado judge maintains charges for Dane accused in fire AP 2/12/21
Colorado saw more overdose deaths in 2020 than ever before 9News 2/11/21
Following Successes, Law Enforcement Say More Personnel Needed For 'Indispensable' Co-Responder Programs KUNC 2/11/21
New addiction recovery facility opens in Loveland 9News 2/9/21
Colo. Counties Unite To Keep Mentally Ill Out Of Jail Law 360 2/7/21
Some good news on funding for water: Sports betting tax revenue gaining strength Colorado Springs Gazette 2/6/21
Mountain Youth rolls out Healthy Kids Colorado Survey dashboard Vail Daily 2/5/21
State hospital staff in Pueblo fear for safety with new policing plan Pueblo Chieftain 2/5/21
State Lawmakers Want To Expand Grant Program, Pair Mental Health Clinicians With Police CBS 4 2/2/21
January 2021    
Proposed bill would create statewide Behavioral Health Administration Sterling Journal-Advocate 1/27/21
SummitStone Health Partners Opens 16-Bed Inpatient Behavioral Health Facility North Forty News 1/26/21
SummitStone opens new mental health/substance use facility BizWest 1/26/21
SummitStone Health Partners Opens 16-Bed Inpatient Behavioral Health Facility Estes Park Trail Gazette 1/26/21
Virtual Summit Seeks to Disentangle Mental Health, Criminal Justice in Colorado Pagosa Daily Post 1/26/21
Steamboat police partner with Mind Springs Health for 24/7 co-responder program Steamboat Pilot & Today 1/21/21
GUEST COLUMN: Reforming Colorado’s mental health system Colorado Springs Gazette 1/17/21
Mental health advocates hope to change the way people are helped while in crisis 9News 1/13/2021
Communication, community effort key to preventing suicide Fort Morgan Times 1/11/21
Colorado's Crisis Service System sees big jump in calls for help, many pandemic-related Denver 7 1/7/21
December 2020  
Colorado Medicaid Expands Addiction Treatment Services Starting Jan. 1 KUNC 12/30/20
Colorado Crisis Line available for anyone struggling Denver 7 12/30/20
Suicides tend to spike in January, warns St. Mary's Grand Junction Daily Sentinel 12/28/20
Colorado crisis line continues record-breaking volume during COVID-19 pandemic KKTV  12/28/20
What’s Working: Colorado resources for the unemployed, those in need or those who’d like to support them Colorado Sun 12/26/20
 A tough year for mental health, substance abuse Vail Daily 12/26/20
Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo receives Moderna vaccine KKTV 12/23/20
Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo working on gentler approach to patient care Pueblo Chieftain 12/22/20
On Edge: Colorado’s behavioral health chief talks about stigma, his own depression struggle Colorado News Collaborative 12/18/20
Corrections officer title will change to ‘clinical safety specialist’ at Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo KKTV 12/17/20
Denver health care officials warn of coming mental health crisis Fox 31 12/17/20
Youth suicides on the Eastern Plains spark political protest, “7 is too many” social media campaign Colorado Sun 12/17/20
CHA Releases CO’s CURE Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Western Slope Now 12/15/20
Pueblo County to receive vaccine shipment later this week KOAA 12/14/20
For Farmers And Ranchers, Coronavirus Made An Already Complicated Mental Health Picture Even Harder KRCC  12/14/20
Colorado's list of hospitals, health agencies getting coronavirus vaccine first released Denver Gazette 12/11/20
Gov. Jared Polis gives update on COVID-19 in Colorado, Dec. 11 KRDO  12/11/20
3 Pueblo County facilities to receive COVID-19 vaccines KKTV 12/11/20
Recovery Cards Offer “Words I Didn’t Have” Treatment Magazine 12/8/20
People are using Colorado Crisis Services 55% more in 2020 compared to 2017 9News 12/8/20
On Edge: Coloradans struggle with mental health in a state ill-prepared to help them Colorado News Collaborative 12/6/20
Mobile Health Clinic Helps Rural Communities Battle Addiction KREX  12/1/20



The Behavioral Health Administration runs several public awareness and stigma reduction campaigns that encourage Coloradans to get lifesaving support through BHA-funded treatment and programs. Learn about the programs below and check out our fact sheet outlining how to get involved.

  • Colorado Crisis Services is the statewide behavioral health crisis response system offering residents mental health, substance use or emotional crisis help, information and referrals. This campaign aims to increase awareness and utilization of this vital service.
  • Below the Surface aims to help teens connect to and get support from the Colorado Crisis Services text line. This text line allows anyone to text 24/7 with a trained counselor on a personal, free, confidential line.
  • Lift The Label strives to remove damaging labels and stigma that prevent those with opioid addiction from seeking effective treatment.
  • The Recovery Cards Project is a collaboration between the Lift The Label campaign, people in recovery, and artists in Colorado and nationwide. Together, we’ve created free greeting cards that celebrate recovery, provide encouragement to those who need it and express gratitude to those who support others in their recovery.
  • Tough as a Mother is a statewide campaign which aims to reduce stigma and connect Colorado mothers with substance use disorder treatment services in their communities. The campaign acknowledges the incredible pressures of motherhood and the intrinsic strength of mothers to overcome challenges, including substance use disorder. 
  • COACT builds a system of services and supports for children with serious behavioral health challenges and their families.
  • Forward Together aims to help youth feel more connected – to their peers, their parents and other trusted adults in their lives – because when they feel connected, they are healthier and more resilient.
  • I Matter provides at least three free behavioral health sessions for Colorado youth ages 18 or younger or 21 or younger if receiving special education services. The I Matter campaign raises awareness of this service.