Checking in on Colorado’s Behavioral Health Task Force

It’s been just over a year since Colorado Governor, Jared Polis directed the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to create the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force.

The task force was put in place to evaluate the behavioral health system in our state with a plan of creating a statewide strategic blueprint to reform the system by June 2020. The goal is to make it so every Coloradan experiencing behavioral health needs receives timely, high-quality services in his or her community.

We talked with several experts on Facebook Live about the progress of the task force including Robert Werthwein the Director for the Office of Behavioral Health, Summer Gathercole the Senior Advisor for Behavioral Health Transformation with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Byron Pelton the Logan County Commissioner, and 9Health Expert, Dr. Payal Kohli.

The public has been asked to weigh in on the behavioral health system in our state by participating Behavioral Health Task Force meetings. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the meetings are virtual – you can call in or appear via video conferencing. The next meeting is on June 8th, click here to register and make your voice heard.

Additional Resources:

The state has a website to try to end the stigma surrounding mental health, click here to learn more and about ways you can help other Coloradans.

If you feel you or a loved one needs to talk to someone, contact Colorado Crisis Services by calling 1-844-493-8255 or texting “TALK” to 38255 for free, confidential, 24/7 support. 

9Health offers free, anonymous, online mental health screenings for adults. Click here to be screened for anxiety and depression.

If you have a health question you can talk to a medical professional through our 9Health Neighbors Program by calling 303-698-4455, ext. 2005. Leave a message and a 9Health Medical Volunteer will call you back within 24 hours.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and all month we are working with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, to host Facebook Live segments and connect you to mental health experts.

Find all the segments we’ve done for Mental Health Awareness Month on our blog or in our 9Health Video Gallery under mental health.