On January 16, 2019, Mental Health Partners participated in Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council’s (CBHC) Capitol Hill Day. The group of sixteen MHP representatives included MHP staff and board members who joined in CBHC’s efforts to continue to develop support among legislators for behavioral health issues, reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness, and protect and increase behavioral health funding. Capitol Hill Day participants watched the action on the floors of the elected officials from Boulder and Broomfield Counties’ elected officials.
Those who attended the annual event noted it was a successful day, with elected officials appearing engaged and expressing interest in moving forward in key areas that ensure MHP is delivering services to our community in the most effective way as possible.
CBHC Focuses for 2019:
1. Advancing legislation and a budget action for mental health providers efforts to combat the opioid crisis and to expand access to SUD services
2. Enhance legislators’ understanding of the need to increase funding to recruit and retain behavioral health safety net workforce
3. Address the State’s plan to freeze civil beds at Ft. Logan and Pueblo and alternatively supporting legislation for diversion and restoration within the criminal justice system
4. Increase funds for Mental Health First Aid training and the Zero Suicide initiative
5. Ask for support for upcoming legislation to consolidate oversight of behavioral health entities with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.