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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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Safe Place: How thoughtful facility design benefits Denver's formerly homeless residents.

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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Mental health and substance-use disorders are growing problems in Colorado. Pairing police with mental health professionals could help.

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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Colorado Gives Day is coming, and we just can’t stop giving

Denverite | December 4, 2017

Sometime in the next few days, you are very likely to hear the words “Colorado Gives Day.” In the course of just seven years, the philanthropic event has become remarkably popular and helped inspire a wave of other giving days around the country.

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How A Once-Homeless Denver Man Is Settling In To His Unique New Apartment

Colorado Public Radio | November 27, 2017

Of the dozens of new apartment buildings going up in Denver these days, one stands out. The Sanderson Apartments on South Federal Boulevard feature trauma-informed design to accommodate those who experienced abuse and other ordeals when they were homeless. Architectural choices —  from the hallways, to the bedrooms — were made to make residents feel at home.

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‘Radicalizing’ Agile for Strategy and Management

Healthcare Tech Outlook | November 10, 2017

People are rightfully skeptical of buzzwords and facile trends in organizational management. For every successful launch of a Six
Sigma campaign, there’s a workforce somewhere groaning about another mandated management “retreat,” or a cosmetic rearranging of office chairs with no fundamental change in the way things get done.

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Chronically Homeless Find Stable Housing, Services in Denver Project

Affordable Housing Finance | October 26, 2017

Some of Denver’s most vulnerable homeless individuals are on a path to stability with the opening of Sanderson Apartments in September. Developed by the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD), a nonprofit community mental health center that has been providing housing and services for over 25 years, the permanent supportive housing project includes 60 one-bedroom furnished apartments and wraparound services.

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Comparing 4 ‘Social Impact Bond’ Projects

San Francisco Public Press | October 24, 2017

Governments have been looking for an effective, cost-efficient way to house their homeless populations, especially the high-need individuals straining public resources while out on the streets. But many are hesitant to commit significant taxpayer money to the long-term interventions that service providers insist are necessary.

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Improving Visibility through Integrated Information

CIO Review | October 18, 2017

Health care has made huge changes in how content is managed in the 12 years since I left clinical practice to focus on health IT. As a clinical psychologist, all my intake assessments, progress notes, and treatment plans were hand-written. I moved into health IT to help digitize behavioral health care and have seen a sea change in enterprise content management that spans electronic health records, data warehousing and business intelligence, corporate intranets, cloud computing, and now interoperability and health information exchange.

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Teens In Danger Of Suicide Often Just Need A Sympathetic Ear

CPR | September 29, 2017

Suicide is always difficult to deal with, especially for teenagers. In Colorado, the number of teens taking their own lives has increased dramatically in recent years, nearly doubling between 2006 and 2016.

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Reshaping Space, Roles and Routines to Support Children With Trauma

EdSurge | September 27, 2017

In 2008, the Holly Square Shopping Center in northeast Denver was firebombed with molotov cocktails in gang-related arson. The next day, our neighborhood found an asbestos-ridden shell of a building where once stood the heart of the neighborhood. The community rallied to rebuild, and the community group in charge of redevelopment asked me to build a new school on the ashes of the former shopping center.

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Mind, Body, Community – The Holistic Approach at MHCD

CoBiz Magazine |  September 12, 2017

Last year, Mental Health Center of Denver helped more than 50,000 children, families and adults through treatment and outreach programs. It provides comprehensive and accessible mental health and substance abuse treatment, housing, education and employment services for adults and is the leading resource of treatment for infants, children, teens and families.

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Two student suicides in two days, both following social media posts, leave Littleton community seeking answers

The Denver Post |  September 1, 2017

In the twilight, they pointed the lights of their cellphones toward the students in the center of the circle. They numbered in the hundreds, gathered in a grassy park on a school night through the power of Snapchat...

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Media Coverage for Sanderson Apartments Grand Opening

Various News Sources |  August 24, 2017

The following links contain articles and videos covering the grand opening of the Sanderson Apartments. This project, completed in August 2017, aims to provide a solution to homelessness through permanent supportive housing.

9News: City unveils complex for chronically homeless

CBS Denver: Apartment Complex Designed To Get Homeless Off The Streets

ABC Denver: Denver celebrates opening of 2 new housing options for city's homeless

Denver Post: Denver’s new apartment building caters to homeless who have been traumatized after years on the streets

Denver Westword: Housing for Homeless Individuals Opens on Federal Boulevard


Distrupting the CIO Comfort Zone to Innovate and Transform How Behavioral Health Clinics Use Electronic Health Records

CIO Applications |  August 16, 2017

Wes Williams, CIO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, discusses the transition from the legacy EHR system to a new, more comprehensive system. The Mental Health Center of Denver partners with Netsmart Technologies and Intersystems, working together to build out solutions for clinicians to have better access to narrative text in patient records.

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Thought Leader: Mental Health Center of Denver President's Positive Approach to Mental Illness

Denver Business Journal |  July 6, 2017

Dr. Carl Clark, president & CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, answers quick questions in this video snapshot.

In addition to the video, Dr. Clark elaborates on his decision to pursue psychiatry in Denver. He describes the cultivated culture of Well-Being at the Mental Health Center of Denver, and how that applies to both staff and the people we serve. During a fundamental shift in neurological study at the turn of the century, psychiatrists and psychologists began to focus on what could go right with the brain, rather than what could go wrong. This focus on individual and team strengths continues at MHCD.

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At Dahlia, Both Students and Neighbors Embrace a Community Ideal of Health

Colorado Public Radio |  June 15, 2017

What was once a blighted lot in Denver's Northeast Park Hill neighborhood is now an oasis for family health, food access and care.

Wrapped inside of the 4-acre Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being is the region's largest aquaponics greenhouse, which helps feed the neighborhood fish and greens. You'll find a 40,000 square foot urban garden, a children's dental clinic, teaching kitchens, a preschool, and a mental health care center.

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Permanent Supportive Housing Aids Denver's Most Vulnerable

Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits | April 2017 • Volume VIII • Issue IV

As one of the largest behavioral health centers in Colorado, the Mental Health Center of Denver has a significant impact on the area. It provides mental health treatment, prevention, outreach and crisis services to more than 44,000 children, families and adults each year.

The organization continues to increase its efforts, this time with a 60-unit permanent supportive housing development serving chronically homeless individuals who struggle with mental health and substance abuse in Denver.

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Mental Health Center of Denver offers mental health first aid training to help people experiencing a mental health crisis

YourHub Denver |  March 24, 2017

An estimated one in four Americans experiences a mental health issue each year. But because of the barriers to accessing mental health care, often people face their problems alone and only find help if their illness escalates into a full-blown crisis.

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Inclusive wellness center is an oasis for a neighborhood left behind

PBS Newshour  |  March 21, 2017

After years of neglect, parents in one of Denver's poorest neighborhoods hoped that a new preschool would be built in their community. Instead, they got much more.

William Brangham recently visited there, and he is back again with this report.

It's part of our weekly series Making the Grade.

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Denver partnership brings a mental-health perspective to policing

Denver Post   |   January 7, 2017

The 911 call is a typical one. A disheveled man has been spotted for the third time that week wandering the street, making threatening gestures and talking loudly, but incoherently, to himself.

The response, however, is not typical.

As a result of the Denver Police Department’s new co-responder initiative, instead of a lone officer driving to the location to check out the person and perhaps arrest him, a licensed mental health clinician accompanies the officer, so a mental health diagnosis can be made on the spot. Then, a joint decision is made: arrest and jail; or mental health services.


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Denver Post   |   November 15, 2016

The empty lot in the Northeast Park Hill neighborhood has always just been called the Dahlia. That space of land off Dahlia Street and East 35th Avenue was once the country’s largest African-American-owned mall, and there have been many empty promises about what would take its place. But one promise was kept and the site is now called the Mental Health Center’s Dahlia Campus for Health and Well Being — and it’s still identified by the familiar name.

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Mental health center’s new house for youth is the “cool” version of a mental health clinic

Denver Post   |   November 2, 2016

At the community mental health center east of downtown, people scheduled for therapy appointments stamp out cigarette butts on the sidewalk after a few last drags. Inside, others picking up prescriptions sit in a hospital-like waiting area, some with everything they own stuffed in backpacks and shopping bags. Fairly often, someone shouts or sings or talks to themselves.

Teenagers don’t like it here much.

So they don’t come often — to the Mental Health Center of Denver’s clinical offices or to its adult psychiatric rehab center south of downtown, where instructors teach culinary job skills in a cafe and art classes in a basement studio. In fact, the age group least likely to seek and get help at the mental health center is 17 to 25, about the same age range when many serious mental health issues — including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia — typically first emerge.

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A Dozen Abuzz 2016: 12 Anticipated Projects in Denver

Confluence Denver   |   October 26, 2016

Denver is building, rebuilding, renovating and reinventing. Here are 12 of the projects we're most excited to check out once the dust settles. When Sanderson Apartments opens next summer at 1601 S. Federal Blvd., 60 chronically homeless people in Denver will have a place to call home.

Modeled after successful permanent supportive housing projects in other U.S. cities, Sanderson will be the largest supportive housing project for the Mental Health Center of Denver, a nonprofit community mental health center that has been delivering comprehensive and accessible mental health and substance abuse treatment, housing, education and employment services to children, families and adults for more than 25 years.

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Mayor Michael B. Hancock honored as 2016 Community Champion at the Mental Health Center of Denver’s Gifts of Hope; Community turns out in force to support mental health programs

Denver Post's YourHub   |   October 13, 2016

On Oct. 11, nearly 600 community members gathered to support the Mental Health Center of Denver at its annual Gifts of Hope Fundraising Breakfast. At the event, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock was honored as the 2016 Community Champion Award for his many efforts to support mental health programs and improve well-being in Denver.

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Addressing the Challenges in Behavioral Health Practice with Technology

CIO Review   |   September 30, 2016

Technology is not my organization’s business. Helping people improve their mental health and helping our clinicians reach more people using more effective mental health interventions–that is our business. It may seem obvious, but it is easy to get caught up in technology for its own sake. Our staff is only interested in technology when it makes for better and more efficient delivery of mental health care and better support for our clinicians. So, the mission of our Information Systems department is to find or create the information tools that staff can quickly learn to use.

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Mental health workers join Denver police officers to help divert people to treatment instead of jail

Denver Post   |   September 2, 2016

Mental health workers are joining Denver police on foot and in their patrol cars to help handle calls involving people in mental health crisis, a new program aimed at getting people into treatment instead of sending them to jail.

The six social workers and clinicians are employees of the Mental Health Center of Denver but work at Denver police headquarters through the partnership, called the “co-responder” program. The $500,000 initiative, funded through grants and other money from Denver Human Services, is part of the city’s crisis intervention and response unit specializing in mental and behavioral health calls.

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Denver expands program teaming mental health professionals with police officers, first responders

Channel 7 News   |   September 2, 2016

DENVER -- Denver police and sheriff deputies are trained to deal with people who are coping with mental health challenges. They’re taught how to de-escalate situations.

Sometimes they need expert help.

Last April, Denver PD, the Department of Human Service’s Office of Behavioral Health Strategies and the Mental Health Center of Denver teamed up, to better serve the mental and behavioral health needs of those they come into contact with, as first responders.

“Between April and July alone, we saw over 400 calls,” said Julie Smith, the director of marketing and communications for the Department of Human Services. “We were able to connect most of them to treatment that will help them move forward.”

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Suicide Prevention Program Gives Latina Teens Voice Through Art

CBS Denver   |   June 7, 2016

DENVER (CBS4) – Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers and young adults in Colorado, according to the 2014-1215 report from the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention. Now one group is trying to change that.

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Building community ties to avert crime

Rocky Mountain PBS speaks with Maya Wheeler and Dr. Lydia Prado exploring Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being. (Interview begins at 14:13)

Rocky Mountain PBS   |   May 27, 2016

DENVER - Leaders of the Second Chance Center in Aurora discuss what it takes to help parolees reintegrate in their communities and avoid going back to prison; How a new community center in Denver’s Park Hill became more than just a mental health clinic; Why Denver Police are reaching out to teens to improve their mutual perceptions about each other.

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Woman thrives despite mental illness

Former Mental Health Center of Denver Board Member, Roberta Payne, PhD, talks with 9News about living with a mental illness.

9News   |   May 17, 2016

DENVER - Schizophrenia is a genetic disease that is not common. It affects just 1 percent of Americans. Even though it affects a small number of the population, it's ramifications are huge. People with schizophrenia have an imbalance of brain chemicals. It's those chemicals that stimulate nerve cells in the brain to communicate with each other.

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How to check on your kid's mental health

9News   |   May 17, 2016

KUSA - May is Mental Health Month. Statistics show that more than 50 percent of lifetime cases of mental illness start at about age 14.

Particularly when talking about preadolescence, it's hard to tell the difference between typical moodiness and something that needs a little more help.

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New apartment building to open for homeless in Denver

9News   |   April 25, 2016

DENVER - A three-story, 50,000 square-foot building with 60 one-bedroom furnished apartments and on-site staff will soon open to help Denver's homeless.

The Sanderson Apartments, located at 1601 S. Federal Blvd., is the largest supportive housing project for the Mental Health Center of Denver.

"We're estimating that we're about 26,000 affordable housing units short," Dr. Carl Clark, CEO of Denver Mental Health Center, said. "So this particular project is 60 units -- that's good but we've got a long way to go."

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Construction begins on Denver apartments for chronically homeless

Denver Post  |   April 25, 2016

Construction began Monday on a new Denver apartment building that will house 60 people who are chronically homeless, a joint project of the city and a community mental health center.

The three-story Sanderson Apartments, at Federal Boulevard and West Iowa Avenue, is expected to open in summer 2017. It will become the Mental Health Center of Denver's largest "supportive living" center, meaning residents will have on-site mental health care.

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Mental Health Center of Denver breaks ground on 60-unit apartment building

BusinessDen  |   April 25, 2016

On Monday, the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) broke ground on a $10.6 million apartment building in southwest Denver that includes counseling and other services onsite.

Sanderson Apartments’ 60 one-bedroom units will be open to the physically and mentally disabled as well as to homeless and low-income Denverites.

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New Housing Project Designed To Help Chronically Homeless

CBS Denver  |   April 26, 2016

DENVER (CBS4)– A new housing project in Denver has been designed to help those who are chronically homeless. The Sanderson Apartments will house some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

Employees with the Mental Health Center of Denver broke ground on the new complex at Federal Boulevard and Alameda Avenue on Monday.

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Sanderson Apartments breaks ground

Denver Real Estate Watch  |   April 26, 2016

Sanderson Apartments groundbreaking was held on Monday. It will provide 60 units for the recently homeless. The apartment development in SW Denver opens in 2017.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday for the 60-unit Sanderson Apartments that will serve formerly homeless in Denver.

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Can Private Money Help Denver's Homeless?

Colorado Public Radio   |   Mar 8, 2016

Denver has a plan to house 250 chronically homeless people. That's notable in itself, but the funding behind the plan is what's catching attention. Under the plan, Denver won't pay for the supportive housing program with tax-payer dollars. Rather, the city will allow investors to bet on the success of  the program. In this case, Denver has raised $8.6 million from foundations, a bank and other organizations. The city plans to use that money -- along with public funds -- to operate supportive housing that keeps homeless people sheltered and out of the justice system.

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Sue Klebold: "A Mother's Reckoning"

Rocky Mountain PBS   |   Mar 4, 2016

In her book published in February , "A Mother's Reckoning , Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy," Sue Klebold details coming to terms with her son Dylan's participation as one of two shooters at Columbine High School in 1999. Mental Health Center of Denver President & CEO, Carl Clark joins the show to talk about Colorado Crisis Services and the ways that the state is improving access to care during crisis situations. Dr. Carl Clarks interview begins at minute 18:45.

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Once mental illness set in, family struggled to reach Michael Marshall

The Denver Post   |   Feb 28, 2016

On a day more than 30 years ago when she answered the knock at her Five Points home, Brenda Marshall-Wright did not immediately recognize the beginning of an ordeal that would span decades of heartbreak and frustration.

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Energy Outreach Colorado Helps Mental Health Center of Denver Enhance Energy Efficiency

Energy Outreach Colorado   |   Feb 8, 2016

Mental Health Center of Denver’s newly-opened Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being is a welcoming place for members of the Northeast Park Hill neighborhood in Denver to connect, learn new skills and find support services. Energy Outreach Colorado supported the innovative project with a $25,000 energy efficiency grant.

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Putting Community back into Community Mental Health: How the Mental Health Center of Denver Did It

National Council for Behavioral Health   |   Feb 2, 2016

Denver’s Northeast Park Hill is a proud neighborhood filled with strong people. Built in the 1950s, Dahlia Square was the largest African-American-owned shopping center in the U.S. with a thriving grocery store, roller-skating rink, bowling alley and a full array of local businesses. But times changed and gradually the once popular neighborhood nucleus became an eyesore and was razed. It became a gaping hole in the neighborhood fabric.

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Growth Spurt: A Denver program that treats mental illness in infants is set to expand this month in Northeast Park Hill

5280 Magazine   |   December 2015

Babies are a little (ok, a lot) emotional. One moment they coo, and the next they sob seemingly because you had the audacity to hand them a favorite toy. That over-the-top spectrum of behavior is completely normal. What’s not is an unusually withdrawn baby, one who has stopped crying to communicate, which can be an early sign that his mental wellness is hurting. “We diagnose PTSD in babies as young as nine months old,” says Dr. Shannon Bekman, program manager for Denver’s Right Start for Infant Mental Health. “You can diagnose depression fairly reliably in an infant as young as four months.”

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Community Input Shaped New Mental Health Clinic in Denver's Park Hill

Denver Post   |   December 14, 2015

Northeast Park Hill has seen promises broken before. So when Denver's community mental health center began planning a new clinic at the site of what was, in its heyday, the country's largest African-American-owned mall, the response was skepticism.

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Where Kids In Poverty And Education Intersect, Daily Uncertainties Remain - See more at: Where Kids In Poverty And Education Intersect, Daily Uncertainties Remain

Colorado Public Radio  |   December 10, 2015

More than a year ago we saw one census statistic we just couldn't shake. At the time, nearly one in five kids in the state were living in poverty. We set out to learn about childhood poverty in Colorado: What it looked like and what was being done about it. We're looking back at our coverage now, taking stock of what we've learned and revisiting some of the people we interviewed. 

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Finding the Right Fit for Students

Greater Park Hill Community   |   Dec 1, 2015

As we near the end of the fall semester, many of us wonder how we made it this far without hurting someone. OK, that may sound a little drastic, but now that students have been in school for five months, for some, the newness (i.e. new teachers, new friends, new interests) has lost its luster. Instead of being happy each day, some of our children are naming every excuse in the book explaining why he or she can’t possibly go to school on a given day.

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Mental health nonprofit’s $15M project wrapping up in Denver

BusinessDen   |   Nov 24, 2015

After three years of planning, the Mental Health Center of Denver’s new site in northeast Denver will open Dec. 15.

The Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being at East 35th Avenue and Dahlia Street will include not just space for counselors to meet with patients, but also a dental clinic, two schools and a community garden.

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PBS In Studio Follow Up Discussion of Walking Man

PBS   |   November 18, 2015

Michelle Tijerina of Mental Health Center of Denver's Voz y Corazon program was featured on PBS's In Studio Follow Up discussion of the documentary Walking Man.

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Voz y Corazón Helps Youth Affected By Suicide Find Their Voice Through Art

Colorado Public Radio   |   June 12, 2015

Alexandra’s black sketchbook is filled with her pencil drawings of roses, dresses, and people. The people don’t look like her. But they reflect the emotions Alexandra has felt. “I’ve suffered from depression since I started middle school,” the 14-year-old says. For Alexandra, art is also a distraction from her worries. Life can still be hard. So she draws, she paints, and makes jewelry with a Denver program called Voz y Corazón.

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Misperceptions About Mental Health

The Denver Post   |   April 10, 2015

Over the past few weeks, there have been several distressing acts, both in Colorado and internationally, that have left many of us saddened and stunned at their senselessness. It has been widely reported that the perpetrators of both the Germanwings airplane tragedy, as well as the actions committed against a pregnant Longmont woman, were both experiencing depression.

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Jeannie Ritter will be honored by the Mental Health Center of Denver

The Villager   |   April 8, 2015

The 14th annual Centus Samaritan Luncheon is May 5 and is being held at the Police Protective Association Event Center.

Former Colorado first lady Jeannie Ritter, Mental Health Ambassador of the Mental Health Center of Denver, and Dr. Carl Clark, president and CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, are honorees. Ritter is well known as a mental health advocate and an outspoken voice for mental health.

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Architectural Design Showcase

The Advisory Board Company   |   December 15, 2014

The 11th installment of the Daily Briefing's Architectural Design Showcase features 12 facilities that focus on behavioral health services, including the Mental Health Center of Denver.

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Denver mayor appoints Don Mares as first mental health strategist

The Denver Post   |   December 15, 2014

Mental health advocate Don Mares, a former Denver auditor, will return to city government to coordinate far-flung efforts and create a strategy on the mental health issue.

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The Mental Health Center of Denver featured in Denver Life Magazine's December Issue

Denver Life Magazine   |   December 15, 2014

The Mental Health Center of Denver's President and CEO, Dr. Carl Clark, was quoted in the "Receiving the Benefits of Giving" article in the December 2014 issue of Denver Life Magazine.

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The Denver Post Investigates Mental Health in Colorado

The Denver Post   |   November 25, 2014

Mental Health Center of Denver Programs and Consumers Featured in Recent Series in the Denver Post.

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Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being Officially Breaks Ground

The Denver Post   |   November 6, 2014

Mayor Michael B. Hancock joined community leaders to break ground and officially announce the name of the Mental Health Center of Denver’s new child and family site.

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Top 10 LEED Buildings for 2014

Interiors & Sources Magazine   |  October 24, 2014

The Mental Health Center of Denver’s Recovery Center was chosen by Interiors and Sources magazine as one of their Top 10 LEED buildings for 2014.

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The Mental Health Center of Denver featured in Denver Life Magazine's October Issue

Denver Life Magazine   |   October 10, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the Mental Health Center of Denver was featured in the 2014 October issue of Denver Life Magazine.

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New Thinking on Brain-Science Therapies Could Help Foster Kids

The Denver Post   |  April 15, 2014

Therapies based on brain science — and limited use of antipsychotic medications — are the answer for thousands of foster kids whose traumatic childhoods have left them with depression and extreme aggression, according to a growing number of experts.

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Mental-Health Treatment Void in Colorado

Durango Herald   |   April 8, 2014

Alex Meredith, 29, sorts clothes hangers at his part-time job at Arc Thrift Store in Lakewood. Meredith was diagnosed with autism when he was very young. He also displayed symptoms of mental illness – obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, psychosis and depression.

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Search is on for Community Solutions to Mental Health Issues in State

Rocky Mountain PBS   |   April 7, 2014

Ric Durity remembers when HIV/AIDS wiped out his partner, his friends, and a swath of the creative classes of a generation.

And he remembers what came next: The outrage that rode on the heels of adversity, and demanded the wide changes that rippled from medicine outward.

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Mental Health Resources in Limbo in Dispute Over Grant Awards

The Denver Post   |   April 6, 2014

Most of a $22 million infusion into Colorado's stressed mental health system — a response by the governor to the Aurora movie theater massacre — is stranded in the courts as the state and disappointed bidders wrestle for the money.

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Over 100 Gather for Statewide Conversation on Mental Health

Fox 31 Denver   |   April 5, 2014

On Saturday, Colorado picked up what President Obama started ten months ago at the White House, a national conversation about mental health in the United States. Forty-five million Americans, and one in four Coloradans, will suffer from mental illnesses, like depression, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress syndrome. Across the state, over a hundred individuals gathered Saturday as part of the Creating Community Solutions effort.

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For Coloradoans with Multiple Mental Illnesses, Finding Diagnosis and Help is Hard

The Gazette  |  April 4, 2014

A raised red oval, a couple of inches in diameter, sits at the top of Alex Meredith's forehead. It is the physical mark of a besieged mind. Meredith, who is 29, started bashing himself in the head when he was in his teens. Now, his parents can see it coming. 

Getting Engaged - How to boost Employee Satisfaction

Colorado Business Magazine   |  February 7, 2014

Employee engagement is a concept that many companies struggle with. A recent Gallup report, State of American Workplace 2013, found that only about 30 percent of U.S. workers are engaged in their jobs. That means a whopping 70 percent of employees are actively disengaged, costing the U.S. an estimated $450 to $550 billion annually in lost productivity. Creating a culture that keeps employees actively involved is a process that continues to evolve. 


Focus on Mental Illness

Intermountain Jewish News   |   January 9, 2014

Hundreds of people turned out to express an interest in mental illness in the Jewish community, attending the inaugural event of Areivim Taskforce Denver, Jan. 5, at Zera Abraham.

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Pairing Donors with Kids to Give Them Christmas!

North Denver Tribune   |   December 24, 2013

The goal of KCF is to provide a Christmas experience for kids that would not have one. “The idea was born when a friend reached out to me about a family that was not going to have presents, a tree or a meal for the holidays.” said Greg Garman, one of the founding members of the organization. 

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With Safe2Tell, Emotional Crises May Be Kept From Escalating to School Violence

The Denver Post   |   December 24, 2013

Since the beginning of this school year, reports of 16 planned attacks — that someone had a hit list or was coming to school with a gun — were made to Safe2Tell, the anonymous hotline where people can report threats against themselves or others.

In 2012, 42 planned school attacks were received, more than half in December after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

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CEO of the Year finalists 2013: Success, in Their

Colorado Business Magazine   |   December 17, 2013

Dr. Clark was among 24 outstanding finalists from all over the state with Tim Miller, CEO of Rally Software, being chosen as CEO of the Year. Each finalist was asked to respond to questions about the philosophies or experiences that shaped them. 

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Riders on the Storm

5280 Magazine   |   December 1, 2013

It wasn't raining on that day last July, but it might as well have been. Judy, 68, was born and raised under Colorado's bluebird skies, and lately she felt tossed around in a torrential, unrelenting storm that only she saw. It was often lonely and bleak. And now it was frightening: she couldn't find her son.

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Safety-Net Mental Health Clinics Struggle with Recruitment, Retention

The Denver Post   |   October 27, 2013

High turnover rates at community mental health centers were the norm a decade ago, with some Colorado safety-net clinics reporting 34 percent of clinicians leaving each year.

The trend has reversed at some centers, where managers have improved recruitment and retention by focusing on improved work conditions and benefits for employees who treat low-income and uninsured patients who often have been referred there after a mental health emergency.

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Mental Health Center of Denver Receives LEED Platinum

Modern Healthcare   |   May 5, 2013

The Mental Health Center of Denver's new Recovery Center, which opened last July, was recently awarded LEED platinum certification—the highest level of recognition under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The center is the first healthcare institution to earn LEED platinum certification in Colorado. 

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Denver Chamber Names Business Awards Winners

Denver Business Journal   |   April 26, 2013

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce handed out business honors on Friday at its annual awards luncheon, held at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.

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Terrorist Attack on America

Rocky Mountain PBS   |   April 17, 2013

Host Tamara Banks talks with a panel of experts about the recent bombings that took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. With three people killed and close to 200 injured, President Obama has recently come out citing this tragedy as an act of terror. Guests discuss how this could have happened and what's next for Americans in addressing "terrorism."

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Mental Health Center of Denver's Recovery Center Earns LEED Platinum

Healthcare Design Magazine   |   March 21, 2013

The Mental Health Center of Denver's Recovery Center (Denver) has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.  


Colorado Mental Health Programs See Chance for Improvements

The Denver Post   |   March 17, 2013

One in four people will face a mental-health issue this year, several studies say. Leaders of Colorado's 17 mental-health centers are pushing to expand programs to better treat people struggling with milder issues before they slide into crisis — a level of mental illness that is more difficult and costly to treat.

Community mental-health centers across the state, already plagued by a shortage of beds and long waiting lists, have seen the number of people seeking services spike in recent years — some seeing the populations double in less than five years.

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Mental Competency to be Weighed in Killing of Centennial Man's Mother

The Denver Post   |   February 19, 2013

There is a system in place to help parents manage kids with mental illness. Schools and counselors communicate with parents and doctors work with them to ensure a correct diagnosis and that the child receives proper medications.

But as children grow older, state health laws allow them to keep their parents out of the loop, leaving it up to the person struggling with mental illness to follow through with treatment.


Legislature Seeks Health Care Reform Prescription

Colorado Statesman   |   January 25, 2013

State lawmakers agree that a simple Band-Aid fix is not enough to address health care reform. But how to go about expanding Medicaid and mental health services, launching a health benefits exchange and discussing women’s health care rights is proving to be a difficult and divisive task. 

Healthcare 'Frequent Flyers'

Colorado Public Radio   |   January 8, 2013

Denver resident Rich Ables used to be in and out of emergency rooms twice a week for asthma attacks. Now, he’s only had to go to the ER twice in the last year and a half. The treatment breakthrough? Helping him get an apartment and mental health counseling. CPR Health Reporter Eric Whitney says “hotspotters” look for people like Ables, who use far more healthcare than the average person, then intervene to keep them healthier...

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Mental Health Center of Denver Fills Innovative New Space

The Denver Post   |   June 25, 2012

Denver's anchor mental-health center is spending millions to renovate a headquarters clinic, but officials are spending a lot of time thinking about 99-cent pill boxes.

For the deeply troubled, a pill organizer represents much more than a hunk of molded plastic. The medication inside is a lifeline, and sorting, scheduling and remembering pills is a crucial signal of wellness for many.

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Mental Health Center
 CEO Knows the Toll of the Economic Downturn

Colorado Business Magazine   |   September 1, 2011

Three years ago, Carl Clark, CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, threw down the gauntlet to his staff of 500 - to make his organization the greenest mental health center in the country.

Mugs replaced disposable cups; bottled water was eliminated; staff were given Eco Passes to encourage bus ridership and Clark would ride his bike to work. "People like doing things in a green way so staff have really taken to it," said Clark, who is overseeing the $15 million purchase and renovation of a building at 4455 E. 12th Ave. in Denver that will open next year as an adult services recovery center.

Investing in Mental Healthcare Isn’t Crazy

Colorado Statesman   |   May 6, 2011

With the advent of national healthcare reform come countless changes to how healthcare is delivered and paid for in America. Over the next several years the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordability Act of 2010, requiring that all Americans have health insurance coverage, will go into effect. 

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Increased Coverage Means More Mental Care

Denver Business Journal   |   November 12, 2010

Mental health care in Denver stands to get a major boost from the federal health care reform bill.  

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable care Act, mental halth care will be considered an essential benefit that must be offered - as is physical health care - by all insurers when the individual insurance mandate takes effect in 2014.

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Mental Health Center Translates its Transformation into National Learning Collaborative

Mental Health Weekly   |   October 18, 2010

The Mental Health Center of Denver had held a series of recovery-focused conference events about a decade ago, but its leaders were getting restless. They realized that sponsoring a conference really wouldn’t move the needle on transforming their own community mental health facility from one that simply tried to keep clients out of the hospital to one that helped people achieve a meaningful life in recovery.

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Focus on ‘Can’ Leads CMHC to Success

Behavioral Healthcare   |   October 1, 2010

Carl Clark, MD, focuses consumers and staff on what they can do, not what they can't, to promote recovery and growth

Carl Clark, MD, believed in recovery long before the behavioral healthcare industry adopted it as a model of treatment. As a child, he witnessed recovery firsthand when his father, then in his mid-30s, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Rather than succumb to his illness, Clark's father worked hard at his recovery, eventually returning to work full time.

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A Signature Approach to Outcomes Measurement Improves Recovery

National Council Magazine   |   September 1, 2007

Carl Clark, MD, Chief Executive Offi cer and P. Antonio Olmos-Gallo, PhD, Director of Evaluation & Research — Mental Health Center of Denver

“As clinicians, we have historically used anecdotal data to inform clinical practice to promote recovery outcomes for consumers. With Recovery Markers, we now have longitudinal, empirical data to support our clinical judgment and decisions.”

Measuring our success in recovery requires those of us in mental health service delivery to be more accountable to our communities and to demonstrate the difference we make in the lives of the people we serve.

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Letting Recovery Take Place

Behavioral Healthcare   |   March 1, 2006

Homeless consumers are empowered to make decisions that fundamentally change their lives. 

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