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"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Behavioral Health Task Force Final Report

In March, 2013, the League of Women Voters of Colorado (LWVCO) Board of Directors authorized formation of a Behavioral Health Task Force. Following the Aurora, Colorado, theater shootings, five local leagues + during program planning - called for study at the state level in the area of mental health; three of those asked that gun violence be included. The Board noted that this was not a strong enough recommendation for an actual statewide study, and, therefore, authorized the task force "to gather sufficient information about Colorado's Behavioral Health system, including information available about behavioral health and gun violence, to present an overview and recommendations at LWVCO Council in May, 2014."

Recommendations: The report describes a significant number of promising practices and makes recommendations for change and action in the areas of: access to care, behavioral health crisis centers, child and adolescent behavioral health, civil commitment and behavioral health beds, school curricula, and re-entry to community after commitment or incarceration.

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