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Hickenlooper Appoints New Director to Department of Corrections

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday appointed Wisconsin’s former prisons chief, Rick Raemisch, as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. For his part, Raemisch described himself in a prepared statement as “a strong law and order individual, but I also believe that people can change.”

Bill curtailing solitary confinement faces changes to reduce cost

Amendments to strip off an expected fiscal note are on the way for a bill sponsors say would protect those with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities from being placed in solitary confinement while incarcerated.

Legislators take aim at solitary confinement

A bill to reduce the numbers of mentally ill and developmentally disabled prisoners in solitary confinement was introduced Monday by Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, and Rep. Claire Levy, D-Boulder.

Undaunted, Romanoff campaign plows into election summer season

COLORADO SPRINGS-- U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff, Colorado’s former speaker of the house, a popular political figure by almost any measure, won the Democratic Party county assemblies by 16 points last month and polls well against GOP challengers Ken Buck, Tom Wiens and Jane Norton. Yet his primary campaign against appointed Senator Michael Bennet has floundered, leading observers to continue to ask why he's running and to search his campaign literature, his speeches and his face for motive.

Bilingual Mental Health Providers Spread Thin

The best therapists use the cultural background of their patients as a framework for diagnosis and treatment. No one knows more about Latino cultures...

Immigrants Looking for American Dream Find Depression and Anxiety

The backlash against immigration had led to a significant increase in the number of Spanish speakers seeking mental health treatment. But providers say there...

Rural Communities Look to Recognize, Battle Elderly Suicide – Part 2...

When the group updating Colorado's statewide suicide prevention plan held an information-gathering session in Cortez recently, participants had plenty to talk about. "A couple in...

Jeannie Ritter Embarks on Mental Health Listening Tour

Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter is beginning a three-day tour today to discuss the state of mental health care in northwest Colorado. She will...

Moving a Nation to Care

Jeff Lucey hung himself with a garden hose in his parents' basement just eight months after returning home from a five-month tour of duty...

CO Senators Ask For Wider Probe Into Mental Health For Vets

Colorado Sens. Ken Salazar and Wayne Allard asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Tuesday to expand its investigation into mental health treatment for veterans...