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At the intersection of architecture and mental health: trauma-informed design

Denverite | April 29, 2019

A Sanderson Apartments tenant just escaping homelessness might not be ready to sleep inside. Residents at the complex developed and run by the nonprofit Mental Health Center of Denver have a choice: a courtyard open to the sky behind a high fence along Federal Boulevard.

Architect Patrick Lee included the courtyard after the mental health center said it had a very specific vision for Sanderson, which opened in the summer of 2017 in Mar Lee and is part of a program to house and provide services for people who have experienced chronic homelessness.

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Denver Public Schools addresses students' needs after metro area closure

The Washington Park Profile | April 19, 2019

After a threat caused schools around the Front Range to close for a day, Denver Public Schools and mental health providers turned their focus to the needs of students.

DPS joined other districts across the state and closed its schools on April 17, following a threat from 18-year-old Florida resident Sol Pais. The FBI reported that Pais was “infatuated” with the Columbine High School shooting, which happened on April 20, 1999. Following a manhunt, Pais was found dead near Mount Evans that same day.

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Join the Mental Health Center of Denver for “Beyond the Most Livable City: Writing the Story of Well-Being Innovation”

YourHub | April 19, 2019

How can you improve your well-being through innovations that are being developed right here in Colorado? The Mental Health Center of Denver is hosting a free reception with virtual reality demonstrations and the latest well-being apps, and a thought leader discussion exploring how well-being innovation can advance healthcare accessibility and affordability.

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By law, mental health benefits are supposed to be as good as medical coverage. In practice, that’s not happening.

The Colorado Sun | March 27, 2019

Like most dads, John Cooke would have done anything to save his daughter.  He was lucky he had the money. To make her well, to make his teenager want to live and stop planning her suicide, Cooke and his wife would end up paying $150,000. With each denial from the family’s insurance company, the Cookes wrote another check. When the company deemed it no longer “medically necessary” for their teenager to stay in a residential treatment center in Wisconsin, or another center in Utah, the Cookes paid out of pocket until the doctors said she was well enough to come home.

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Starting with Stability: How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle

Urban Institute | March 20, 2019

Maria* is finally starting to feel at home. After living on the streets for eight years and a brief stint in a halfway house, she now has a permanent home in the Sanderson Apartments in south Denver. With her brother’s help, she’s starting to decorate her one-bedroom apartment with personal touches: a gold lamp with a pink bow hugging the shade, a white Christmas tree that hangs from the ceiling, an open Bible resting on a stool.

“I love my life, and I love myself, and I love my family,” she said, beaming. “And I found myself, found out who I am, where I belong.”

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‘Refilling your cup’ can help keep stress at bay

The Profile | March 7, 2019

I love my job as an editor. But there are days when I feel buried in emails, torn between multiple projects as I navigate the logistics of putting out two monthly papers.

Stress is a part of everyone’s life, no ifs, ands or buts about it. What’s important is to make sure you’re giving time back to yourself — or as Katherine Frank with the Healthy Living Team at the Mental Health Center of Denver puts it: “You’re refilling your cup.”

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To Fund Mental Health Care, States and Cities Raise Taxes

Governing | February 1, 2019

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was supposed to make mental health care accessible to everyone. The law mandated “parity” -- that insurance companies must cover mental health services, including substance abuse treatment, on par with medical and surgical care. But the goal hasn’t been realized. Loopholes in the ACA and other federal laws allowed some plans to limit or exclude mental and behavioral health coverage. Oversight and enforcement of the mandates have been inconsistent. And, of course, millions of Americans remain without health coverage.

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Local program focuses on mental health for infants and caregivers

9News | January 25, 2019

DENVER — There were two things missing from Kaylei Hinkson's life: a personality of her own and the opportunity to just be a kid.

But that all changed after Kaylei was treated at Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being. Kaylei was part of the center's Right Start for Infant Mental Health, a program that treats children ages birth to 5 years when there are concerns about emotions, behavior or development.

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OUTFRONT | January 16, 2019

Generally, for the average person, admitting you have a problem is very difficult. Even though I think we have made significant strides in how the general population views behavioral health issues, we still have a long way to go. In my own situation, admitting that I had a problem was very difficult.”

Steven Haden, a psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner with the Mental Health Center of Denver, has been sober for 13 years. While working in New York City, following graduate school at New York University, he developed a substance use disorder and had some complications with depression.

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