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Denver marks World Suicide Prevention Day with a call to action

Fox 31 News | September 10, 2018

The city of Denver marked World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday with a call to action at the City and County Building. Ben, 20, says he struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide for much of his life. "I used to have suicidal thoughts daily," he said. But, one day he got up the courage to call a suicide prevention hotline. He was connected to resources and started getting help at Emerson Street for Teens and Young Adults with the Mental Health Center of Denver.

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Denver Creates Task Force To Tackle Growing Suicide Rate

CBS News | September 10, 2018

Community leaders in Denver gathered to deliver an important message on World Suicide Prevention Day: There is help. The message comes as health experts say deaths by suicide are on the rise in Colorado. In the first nine months of the year, Denver has seen 15 more people die of suicide compared to all of 2017. The City of Denver is working to address behavioral health issues by creating a specific task force. Some of the solutions being discussed include a social worker accompanying first responders to 911 calls.

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New program will put a mental health liaison in every Colorado judicial district

Denverite | September 7, 2018

The Colorado Judicial Department is joining the wave of progressive practices in the criminal justice system, and on Oct. 1 they will launch a program that puts mental health liaisons in all 22 of Colorado’s judicial districts. “The court liaisons will work directly with defendants to ensure they receive appropriate evaluations and needed mental health services,” read a press release released by the Colorado Judicial Department.

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Technology Driving Better Mental Health Outcomes

CIO Applications | July 12, 2018

Technology holds a lot of promise for improving healthcare, but without to change management and clinical workflow, staff may refuse to adopt the new technology. Health care payment reform -- such as the Accountable Care Collaborative 2.0 that changes how Colorado's Medicaid payments are distributed -- emphasizes greater care coordination, which will hopefully lead to better care and a healthier population. Providers in Colorado are looking toward health information exchange for facilitating better coordinated care.

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Stemming the Tide: Wes Williams’ IT efforts are helping Mental Health Center of Denver reduce suicide

American Healthcare Leader | May 11, 2018

A decade ago, a Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) patient with suicidal ideation in his late twenties was convinced that he would not live to be thirty years old. He stabilized and improved through intensive treatment and appeared to be doing well. Several years later, however, there was turnover among his treatment team, certain details of his initial admission and treatment were either lost or overlooked, and he did, in fact, die by suicide before his thirtieth birthday.

Wes Williams is determined to ensure that scenario does not happen again.

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Colorado Inside Out

Colorado Public Television | April 6, 2018

Denver sales tax hike would raise millions for mental health care, substance abuse treatment

The Denver Post | April 5, 2018

A group of health care advocates and a Democratic state lawmaker are seeking a 0.25 percent sales tax increase in Denver to raise money for mental health and substance abuse treatment in the city, which they say is lacking.

The proposed November ballot measure would raise $45 million in its first year and continue for 10 years.

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Assistance for substance abusers

Met Media | April 5, 2018

Noel Lebsack is a self-identified addict and alcoholic who has been sober since 2012. He went through five separate recovery and rehabilitation programs before his sober date.

Lebsack said if someone thinks they might be experiencing a substance use disorder, they have to be willing to change, but shouldn’t be discouraged if a treatment strategy doesn’t work immediately.

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Denver Ballot Initiative Aims To Finance Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs

Colorado Public Radio | April 5, 2018

A ballot initiative in Denver could bring in tens of millions of dollars a year to help those with mental health and substance disorder issues.

State lawmaker Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat, is spearheading the "Caring 4 Denver" campaign.  She says the proposal makes financial sense because if it’s passed by voters it could fund a variety of mental health programs. The proposal calls for a one-quarter of 1 percent sales tax -- that's 25 cents on a $100 purchase.

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Denver tax proposal would raise $45 million per year for mental health, housing, addiction

Denverite | April 5, 2018

The Mental Health Center of Denver is partnering with state Rep. Leslie Herod to campaign for a half-billion dollars of new spending on mental health, addiction services and housing over the next decade.

They want local voters to decide whether to raise city sales taxes by 25 cents per $100 of spending on restaurant meals, consumer goods and more. The hike is expected to generate about $45 million in its first year.

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More Americans should carry opioid overdose reversing drug, surgeon general says

KVDR Fox News | April 5, 2018

DENVER -- According to Dr. Carl Clark, Colorado has an opioid crisis.

"Some of our rural communities, It’s absolutely devastating but even in Denver where I am we have three opioid deaths every day," Clark said.

Colorado State Rep. Leslie Herod shares the doctor's diagnosis.

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St. Andrew’s mission raises neighbors’ ire

Denver Metro Media | April 4, 2018

Controversy continues to swirl around the plans of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church to provide housing to homeless and mentally ill people. The church is located in the Clement Historic District and near the epicenter of Denver’s homeless population and the many service organizations attempting to provide shelter, support and treatment facilities.

Currently, the church plans to partner with Mental Health Centers of Denver (MHCD) to erect Glenarm Commons in its parking lot: four-stories and 48 units of “permanent supportive housing” for homeless, mentally handicapped residents.

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Public defenders from across the country came to Denver to talk about dealing with mental health in the criminal justice system

Denverite | April 4, 2018

Public defenders from across the country gathered in Denver last week to talk about best practices for diverting people suffering from mental health issues away from the criminal justice system at a conference hosted by the Equitas Project.

Colorado State Public Defender Douglas K. Wilson is increasingly concerned about Colorado’s lack of attention to the issue and worries that the financial and moral consequences of inaction could be devastating.

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Downtown church parking lot could host tiny homes, eventual redevelopment

Business Den | April 3, 2018

A downtown church has both short-term and long-term plans to find a new use for an adjacent parking lot.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, along with the Mental Health Center of Denver, submitted plans to the city last week proposing to build 48 affordable housing units on 0.43 acres at 2061 and 2071 Glenarm Place.

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Social Workers Join Cops on Patrol

Front Porch | April 1, 2018

Intersections between mental illness and crime have been prominent in the news lately. Law enforcement officers and high school students are among those who’ve been killed by perpetrators with a history of mental illness. But even in garden-variety crises, mental health issues impact victims, perpetrators, families and communities.

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The Lagging State of Mental Health Care

CoBiz Magazine | March/April 2018

Annette and Paul's daughter ran a thriving business and owned real estate in their hometown of Pueblo. Then she turned 33, and things changed dramatically. "She talked about being a spirit medium," Annette says. Paranoia began. Mysterious entities stole clothes, moved belongings and spoke to Annette's daughter through ear buds.

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Denver sold bonds to reduce the human and financial costs of homelessness. The results so far are promising.

The Denver Post | March 19, 2018

They found Robert Bischoff by sharing his photo with a Sinclair gas station clerk who often sold him cigarettes.

They met Alexander Jacob after sending his mom a letter, even though he almost didn’t respond because he figured it was “trash mail.”

The two men and more than 250 more people — all homeless and high-frequency users of jail, detox and emergency departments at taxpayer expense — have been tracked down by Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Mental Health Center of Denver outreach workers and given apartments through Denver’s social-impact bond program. About two years into the five-year program, researchers have noted a dramatic drop in jail days.

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At Friendly Harbor, Peer Mentors Are Key to Mental Health

Westword | March 13, 2018

The devil had taken over his grandmother’s body, pulling out her soul. Thinking he was Jesus, Joe Bowers decided to put an end to the battle of good versus evil.

He waited for his grandmother, the woman who’d raised him, to go to bed. “I gave her time, and then I went to the kitchen cabinet, took out a 16 gauge shotgun, loaded it and walked upstairs,” Bowers recalls.

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Providers access behavioral health data through Carequality

Health Data Management | March 2, 2018

Mental Health Center of Denver is securely sharing behavioral health data with local physicians when patients explicitly consent, in an attempt to improve the coordination of care and build a person-centric approach between behavioral, primary care and ancillary providers.

The center uses the Netsmart behavioral health electronic health record, which has integrated with the Carequality interoperability network of the Sequoia Project to exchange behavioral health records.

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Denver medical groups tap Carequality to pull together mental and physical patient data

Healthcare IT News | February 27, 2018

Denver Health and the Mental Health Center of Denver announced a collaboration via the Carequality interoperability framework to integrate behavioral and physical health data of patients. 

“The application of Carequality to our current NetSmart electronic health record solution has helped to open additional doors that create the best opportunity for true integration of mental and physical healthcare,” Wes Williams, CIO at Mental Health Center of Denver, said in a statement.

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5280 Magazine | January 3, 2018

You might mistake the five-month-old Sanderson Apartments in southwest neighborhood Mar Lee for any of the new residential complexes around town. But every aspect of the building—the Mental Health Center of Denver’s newest permanent supportive housing—makes the residents, who are chronically homeless people with histories of behavioral health issues and trauma, feel safe.

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Denver Post | January 2, 2018

Colorado is pushing for new approaches to how police officers handle cases involving mental illness and drug addiction, encouraging them to steer low-level offenders toward treatment rather than jail and giving them assistance in dealing with potentially dangerous situations. In one tactic, mental health professionals ride with officers during 911 responses and some routine patrols.

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