Colorado Leaders Call for Action to Address Urgent Statewide Mental Health Needs
Updated: Apr 3, 2019
Individuals with mental health and substance use concerns need access to earlier support and care, rather than criminalization and punishment.
April 2, 2019 – (DENVER, COLO.) – Colorado leaders in mental health and criminal justice jointly address the state’s mental health crisis and list urgent priorities for reforms, in a co-authored statement released today by sixteen partner organizations (listed below) and the Equitas Project. These entities join more than fifty other key stakeholders from agencies across the state in acknowledging that Coloradans with mental health needs are “too often neglected, stigmatized, or inadequately supported.” Referring to the vast scope of poor outcomes associated with unmet mental health and substance use concerns, the authors agree: “failure to attend to these health needs results in premature death, injury, substance use and addiction, long-term disability, and many other preventable threats to public safety and wellbeing.”