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Faith Leaders Hold Mental Health Care Access Public Meeting

Health Care Reform

October 16, 2013

Media Advisory

October 16, 2013

Media Contact:
Kathy Partridge
BVCAN and Together Colorado leader

Stephanie Gustafson
Communications, Together Colorado

Medicaid expansion increases Coloradans covered and need to navigate mental health system
Trauma of Recent Flooding Illustrates the Broad Need

What: On October 22, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. there will be a public meeting on mental health and how to help people in Boulder and Broomfield Counties get the mental health care they need when they need it. Starting in October, Medicaid expansion will allow the opportunity for thousands of more Coloradans to be eligible for health insurance. It is important that people who are new to the health care system be able to navigate the mental health system. The meeting is organized and sponsored by the Boulder Valley Community Action Network (BVCAN) of the Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Together Colorado.

Why: The event has been generated by increasing awareness of people in the Fellowship needing help with mental health issues, made all the more stark by the trauma experienced by many after the Front Range flooding. BVCAN did research on mental health needs and challenges throughout Boulder and Broomfield Counties over the past three years. One area of major challenge is helping people who have mental health needs find a wide range of useful services, both to ease the immediate aftermath of a crisis and on a long-term basis. BVCAN is proposing solution for better access to local mental health services.

Where: Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1241 Ceres Drive, Lafayette

When: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Who:  Real life stories of local people dealing with mental health. Confirmed attendees include:  Director of Mental Health Partners, Barbara Ryan, State Senator Rollie Heath, State Senator Matt Jones, State Representative Michael Foote, State Representative Jonathan Singer, Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner, Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones, Partners of Boulder and Broomfield Counties;  leaders from BVCAN and Together Colorado.


Together Colorado is a non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith community organization that unlocks the power of people to transform their communities through community organizing.

BVCAN , Boulder Valley Community Action Network, is a member of Together Colorado and is located in Lafayette, CO.