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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJune 7, 20186min1028

I am respectfully responding to my colleague and friend state Sen. John Cooke’s recent op-ed regarding the “red flag” legislation introduced this session.  Red flag laws save lives.  When a person is in crisis, loved ones and law enforcement are often the first to see signs that they pose a threat.  The bi-partisan proposal we brought forward this year would have established a process to temporarily remove firearms from individuals who pose a serious threat before they harm themselves or others.


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Jena HausmannJena HausmannApril 13, 20186min1292

What would you do if you had to give up your child in order to access mental health services? For some Coloradans, this is a reality. Colorado ranked 48th in the country for overall youth mental health, according to Mental Health America’s 2018 “The State of Mental Health in America” report. This same report estimates that more than 13 percent of Colorado teens ages 12-17 have had at least one major depressive episode in the last year. Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Coloradans aged 10-24, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 11, 20182min609

The nonpartisan Mental Health Colorado is conducting its inaugural forum for gubernatorial candidates on March 23, the nonprofit's president and CEO, former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, announced this week. "We’re inviting the contenders for Colorado’s top job to tell us how they would improve care for people with mental health and substance use disorders," Romanoff said in the invitation, which also asks interested parties to submit questions for the candidates.


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David O. WilliamsDavid O. WilliamsOctober 18, 201711min973
When Eagle County Public Health and Environment director Chris Lindley moved up to the Vail Valley from Denver a few months ago, he was stunned to learn his new home doesn’t have a single bed for people dealing with mental health or substance abuse issues. “Being new to the county and coming up here from […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 11, 20173min492

No one has to ask, “Remember Andrew Romanoff?” The forever-youthful Democratic boy wonder and former Colorado House speaker never went away. He has mounted two high-profile, if ultimately unsuccessful, runs for elective office since leaving the legislature in 2008. And more to the point, all of us media types keep writing about him — win, lose or do something else.

As we’ve noted before, Romanoff has been doing something else for some time, now, as president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. Moved on from politics? Well, he still weighs in on the passing political scene; it’s just that the end game is now about his latest calling.

Like this e-missive that went out to his organization’s mailing list this week:

Quick show of hands: Who’s running for governor? A lot of folks, it turns out.

Now the harder question: Where do they stand? More specifically, we want to know how these candidates plan to address mental health care.

More than one million Coloradans experience a mental health or substance use disorder each year, but the subject itself doesn’t figure prominently on the campaign trail. We aim to change that — and we need your help.

What questions on mental health policy would you like our state’s (would-be) leaders to answer? Please share your suggestions on our public forum.

We’ll compile your questions and submit them to the candidates next month. Then we’ll share their responses with the media and with each of you.

This topic touches every family in Colorado. Let’s make sure our next governor understands that too.

But does that mean Romanoff won’t seek another political office? Never say never.


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJuly 7, 20173min334

How is Democratic forever-wunderkind and former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff applying his considerable talents these days? Advocating for mental health as president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. And he could use your help — identifying and celebrating success — as he explains in a missive to the media this week:

… Specifically, we’re asking you to nominate Coloradans who are making a difference in the field of mental health. We’ll honor the winners at our annual Tribute Gala on Oct. 28.

This year, we’re seeking nominations in three categories: individual of the yearlifetime achievement, and organization or business. Please submit your nominations by Aug. 4.

We’re not ready to declare victory in the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. But we want to recognize the progress so many consumers, providers, family members, and other advocates have made.

Romanoff adds: “You can learn more about our gala — and how you can help — by contacting our development director, Kay Greene, at 720-208-2239.”