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Taking On Colorado’s Behavioral Health Challenges

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11min 25sec
Kendelyn Ouellette
Moe Keller

Even before COVID-19, Colorado was in a behavioral health crisis. The state’s suicide rate has consistently been among the highest in the nation, drug overdoses are increasing, and people with mental health disorders crowd emergency rooms and jails. By most accounts, the pandemic made things considerably worse. State lawmakers tackled some of those issues in the legislative session that just ended, including addressing funding. We get perspective today from Moe Keller, director of advocacy for Mental Health Colorado.