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A report on the remedy for behavioral health reform, putting people first
Putting people first
Colorado. Behavioral Health Task Force.
Colorado Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health Task Force
Colorado has a behavioral health system that works for some people, but not all. The Behavioral Health Task Force heard from hundreds of Coloradans who are continuing to struggle to access the care they need for themselves or a loved one. Tragically, many of these stories ended up in the death of a loved one. In 2018, Colorado had the seventh-highest suicide rate in the nation. Additionally, 15.3% of Coloradans reported poor mental health in 2019, up from 11.8% in 2017. Many Coloradans report they are not able to access timely care because the services they need are not available in their communities, wait times are too long, or providers can't accommodate their disabilities. The data affirms these concerns: Colorado ranked 29th worst among states by Mental Health America in terms of the prevalence of mental illness and access to care, and close to 95,000 Coloradans with substance use disorder went without treatment in 2019.
"The Behavioral Health Task Force and subcommittees met from July 2019 through August 2020. This document reflects the work completed during that period."
Includes bibliographical references.
Online resource; title from PDF cover (viewed January 2022)
Mental health policy
Mental health services
1 online resource (various pagings) : illustrations, map