View “On Edge: A Statewide Conversation About Colorado’s Mental Health Safety Net System”

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On May 17th, the Colorado News Collaborative, or COLab, in collaboration with Colorado Public Radio, hosted a statewide conversation about mental health care reforms and addressed Coloradans’ questions about the state’s mental health safety net system. 

COLab veteran journalist, Susan Greene, moderated a conversation about recent system reforms, what difference they’ll make and what else is needed to catch people in crisis. Panelists included Dr. Carl Clark, President and CEO, WellPower (formerly Mental Health Center of Denver); Russell Goodman, a Coloradan with his own mental health challenges and father of a child who has been denied care; Ben Markus, Investigative Reporter, Colorado Public Radio; Dr. Morgan Medlock, Behavioral Health Commissioner for the State of Colorado; Tamara Pogue, County Commissioner, Summit County; and Lauren Snyder, Vice President for Government Affairs for Mental Health Colorado.

The event built on the On Edge investigative reporting from Greene, Markus and other COLab media partners throughout the state.

View a recording of the conversation here: