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April 16, 2014




Find out more about what you can do this week and join the movement


 Make a contribution to Families in Action for Mental Health on your 2013 CO Tax Return- due April 15, 2014. Select line 49 and make a difference for individuals and families affected by mental health conditions.

  

 
Tell your accountant that you'd like to support Colorado nonprofits when filing your state income taxes. 
Download this form and include with your tax documents (Mental Health is line 49).
 
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Thank You for a Successful LEAD 2014



Mental Health America of Colorado's 2014 LEAD Taking Charge: YOU are Healthcare Reform A HUGE SUCCESS

Mental Health America of Colorado celebrated its 21st LEAD Day on Friday, February 21, 2014. 

Over 200 people attended, who learned about mental health services and treatments now offered in private insurance plans and Medicaid. Presenting this information was the Assistant Director of Insurance for Colorado and the State Medicaid Director. Lots of good questions from the audience and their active participation made for an informative and lively morning presentation.

Two consumer guides who assist people who wish to enroll in the new Connect For Health Marketplace gave an informative slide presentation on how best to work through the application process. Several attendees were able to get their specific problems solved by consulting with the presenters before lunch.

Our panel presentations featured ways attendees can get involved in making mental health a public health issue. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Jefferson County Public Health and Environment, our own Colorado Mental Wellness Network and the MS Society's presenter on their health insurance check list demonstrated different ways to actively engage in moving public policy forward. 

Every LEAD event recognizes several outstanding leaders for their respective efforts in advancing mental health policies. This year, our two Legislators of the Year are Representative Mark Ferrandino and Senator Larry Crowder. Our Peer Advocate of the Year is Paul Gutierrez. Community Advocate of the Year is Tri County Public Health. Representing Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, Tri County Public Health has made behavioral health disorders their entire public health focus for the years ahead, making mental health the public health issue of this decade!

For more information from some of our presenters, here are the slideshows that accompanied their talks:

To file an insurance complaint or to ask questions please see the contact information listed below.

  • If coverage is from a Colorado insurer:
    • Look at insurance card, if it says CO-DOI somewhere on the front, it is regulated by the Division, 303-894-7499 or 1-800-930-3745
  • If coverage is from Medicaid:
    • Contact Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, 1-800-221-3943
  • If coverage is from an employer self-funded plan:
    • US Department of Labor, Employee Benefit Security Administration,1-816-285-1800 (Kansas City) 

 

 


 
 

News from MHAC



 

Riders on the Storm
Colorado has pumped nearly $25 million into mental health crisis care since the Aurora theater shooting in 2012. Those on the front lines of this battle know it isn’t nearly enough, but they’ll take all the help they can get.
5280 - December 2013



Take a look at MHAC's 2012 Annual Report


 

In a series of columns for The Colorado Statesmen, Don Mares writes about mental health in our community.  Check it out here.

Check out the Latest News from MHAC. This page includes articles we've published and pieces in which we were featured. 


Mental Health America of Colorado and the state of Colorado has had an historic 2013 Legislative Session.  To read more about the sucesses and challenges MHAC faced this session, please click here.

 

 



 

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Mission   Mental Health America of Colorado serves the people of Colorado by collaborating with strategic partners to promote mental health, expand access to services and transform systems of healthcare.

Vision   A healthy Colorado free of stigma and discrimination, where every person has full access to high quality services for all mental health and substance use disorders.


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