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Announcing: New State Behavioral Health Taskforce

Posted: June 30, 2021

A taskforce is being created to issue a report with recommendations to the General Assembly and Governor on policies to create transformational change in the areas of behavioral health using money the state receives from the federal Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund. The taskforce will include legislative members and may include non-legislative members as well. The taskforce is expected to convene is August 2021 and then meet biweekly from October/November until January 2022. Subpanels will also be formed to meet more frequently and help drive and support the work of larger taskforce. The subpanels will meet between 10-16 times. A final report to the legislature is due January 21, 2022. You can find more information about the taskforce here

The taskforce is in need of the following specialists:

(a) The President of the Senate shall appoint the following members: 

(I) One member with knowledge of evidence-based harm reduction strategies; 
(II) One member representing a disability advocacy or policy organization; 
(III) One member with expertise in the needs of the criminal justice population; 
(IV) One member from the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention;
 (V) Three members representing behavioral health practitioners or providers as follows. An appointee can fulfill more than one of the listed
requirements: 
          (A) At least one member focused on provision of behavioral health services to children or youth; 
          (B) At least one member focused on provision of behavioral health services to adults; 
          (C) At least one member focused on substance use disorder treatment; and 
          (D) At least one member focused on mental health treatment; 
(VI) One member representing the behavioral health needs of frontline and low income workers; and
(VII) One representative from a hospital that has demonstrated experience working with the behavioral health community or treating patients with complex behavioral health needs. 

(b) The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint the following members: 

(I) One member representing a statewide organization that develops and advocates for mental health policy; 
(II) One member representing individuals, either patients or caregivers, with lived experience navigating the behavioral health care system; 
(III) Four representatives of community-based organizations representing communities that experience disproportionate health impacts; 
(IV) One representative of local government representing a municipality; and 
(V) One member representing the Department of Law, the Judicial Branch, or a member of the judiciary. 

(c) The Minority Leader of the Senate shall appoint the following members: 

(I) One member representing school-based health centers; 
(II) One representative of health insurance companies; 
(III) One representative of local government representing a county; and
 (IV) One member representing rural crisis services. 

(d) The Minority Leader of the House of Representatives shall appoint the following members: 

(I) One member focused on suicide prevention efforts; 
(II) One member representing county sheriffs; 
(III) One member representing individuals, either patients or caregivers, with lived experience navigating the behavioral health care system; and 
(IV) One member representing community mental health centers.   

Here is the link to fill out the form to join the taskforce:
 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSebuxwr0VdhcITJwtc-l9mgdiupqgNFfFZBAcaugkanvR8cCA/viewform

 

 

Therapist Flourishing Study

Jesse Owen, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology Department, University of Denver is inviting CPA members to participate in a research study about how providing mental health treatment impacts therapists’ flourishing, as well as to what extent certain character strengths (e.g. humility, gratitude and forgiveness) help promote therapist flourishing. Psychologists are eligible to be in this study if they are currently practicing as a therapist or therapist in training treating on average 5 clients per week.

If you decide to participate in the study, you will be asked to:

  • Audio record your therapy sessions over a 3-week period through use of the Lyssn system, a HIPAA compliant online tool that records and codes the quality of counseling sessions. (note you can record on a different platform or device and upload to the Lysnn system).
  • We are interested in your statements in session, not your clients. We will not collect information about them.
  • Complete a five minute weekly rating of flourishing and affect regulation items.

 The study compensation incudes:

  • Access personalized analysis on your level of empathy displayed, talk time and use of specific counseling skills in each of your sessions through the Lyssn system. Transcript of entire session.
  • Receive $150 (1 payment after the completion of three week study).

If you would like to participate or learn more about the study, please complete the following form: https://forms.gle/bHyznYFpAr4pQ4qh7

*Completion of this form does not guarantee enrollment in study.

Participation is completely voluntary. If you have any questions about the study please contact [email protected] or 303-871-2482. 

 

 

Stakeholder Meeting: Emergency Mental Health Procedures

Please join Mental Health Colorado, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, to discuss how services are provided to individuals experiencing a mental health emergency and ways to improve emergency mental health procedures in Colorado.

Stakeholder meetings will be held on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm using the same zoom link provided below. Stakeholder meetings will be held from February – November of 2021, with expected legislation to be introduced in the 2022 session.

Any updates to the stakeholder process will be provided here and on our Mental Health Colorado Facebook page, so please follow us to stay up to date with the stakeholder process.

Click here for more information.

 

CPA End-of-Year Denver Meetup - June 24

Posted: June 4, 2021

Join CPA for their in-person End-of-Year Denver Meetup
Thursday, June 24, 2021
5:30PM - 7:00PM MST

 

Edgewater Public Market
5505 W 20th Ave,
Edgewater, CO 80214

RSVP HERE

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Senate Gives Final Approval to Colorado Public Healthcare Option; Bill Heads to House

Posted: May 27, 2021

DENVER (KDVR) — A bill that would give Colorado a state health plan that’s available in every county — one of the most major bills this legislative session — just got a final yes vote in the Senate.

While the measure awaits its final House vote, some who are directly impacted by the bill are breathing a sigh of relief about some last-minute changes.

In an industry already pushed to the brink by COVID-19, psychologists were worried the state’s standardized health plan — which would force insurance companies to reduce their premiums over the next two years — would have unintended consequences for people providing care.

Read the Full Story Here.

 
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