• 07/23/2024

    Colorado’s Mental Health Crisis

    July 6, 2024
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    The Colorado Behavioral Health Administration released a new data hub to set “a baseline for metrics related to service usage, capacity, and complaints.”

    The baseline is rough. According to the hub:

    • “Approximately 112K people received care at community mental health centers (CMHCs) or specialty clinics in Colorado in 2023.
    • An average of 397 beds were available at SUD [substance abuse disorder] residential treatment facilities from July 2023 through April 2024.
    • Approximately 51K unique clients received BHA-funded SUD services in 2023."

    As CPR is reporting, Colorado “poured millions” into treating mental health, and this data hub is intended to detail how things are going. 

    So how are things going? Well, they have 397 beds for 51,000 potential patients? Surely, not all of those patients need a bed… but it’s likely more than 400 may. 

    Where did all the money go?

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    Ashe Epp

    Ashe Epp is a local writer and a Colorado Free Press contributor. You can find more from Ashe at linktr.ee/asheinamerica.
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