Note: For more information about any of these issues, please click on the links highlighted above.
While we were able to reach consensus on the balance of the questions, the three that caused much consternation and discourse were Part 1 Question 1d, should the goals and purposes of campaign finance regulation be to ensure that economic and corporate interests are part of the election dialogue (the word "ensure" was the issue); 2b, if an officeholder or her/his staff gives greater access to donors, is that political corruption; and, Part 11 Question 2a, should spending by the press to influence a candidate election by newspapers be banned, limited, or unlimited.
The consensus report was filed with the national League on January 28, 2016 and can be viewed by clicking on the link below. We are looking forward to receiving the results of this nationwide consensus study!
The League of Women Voters of the United States has announced a new position calling for safeguards to govern the constitutional convention process of proposing amendments to the U.S. Constitution. http://lwv.org/press-releases/constitutional-convention-needs-safeguards
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CONSENSUS QUESTIONS
The League of Women Voters of Montrose and Delta counties reached a consensus of "strongly agree" on each of the following consensus questions:
I. Parity and Accessibility
A. Behavioral health care should be on par and integrated with physical health care.
B. All people should be able to access affordable, quality in- and out-patient behavioral health care, including needed medications and supportive services.
II. Children's Behavioral Health
A. Colorado should emphasize and make available early and affordable behavioral health diagnosis and treatment for children and youth from early childhood through adolescence.
B. Colorado should support early and appropriate diagnosis and treatment for children and adolescents that is family-focused and community-based.
III. Case Management
A. People with behavioral health challenges, including those who are chronically homeless, must have access to safe and stable housing.
B. Colorado should have effective re-entry planning and follow-up for people released from both behavioral health hospitalization and the criminal justice system.
C. Colorado should have problem-solving or specialty courts, including mental health and drug courts, in all judicial districts to provide needed treatment and avoid inappropriate entry into the criminal justice system.
A. Health education - from early childhood throughout life - should integrate all aspects of social, emotional, and physical health and wellness.
B. Every effort should be made to decrease the stigmatization of, and normalize, behavioral health problems and care.