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5 Things Colorado: Health funding in the budget, 'Abortion tourism' in Colorado, BHA bill

| Apr 14, 2022 | Colorado

I'd like to introduce you all to Boram Kim, State of Reform's new reporter for Colorado! Boram has been doing some great coverage of the Colorado market over the past few weeks and we're thrilled to have him with us. Don't hesitate to reach out to him with story ideas, feedback,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Q&A w/ Lt. Gov. Primavera, Health legislation, Hospital transfer center

| Mar 10, 2022 | Colorado

This month's newsletter includes a conversation with one of Colorado's leading health policy voices, Lt. Gov. Primavera, about behavioral health, reducing health care costs, and taking a multi-siloed approach to health policy making. We also feature an update on key health legislation moving through the legislature, recent action regarding Colorado's...[ Read More ]

Bill to operationalize Behavioral Health Administration is introduced

| Mar 4, 2022 | Colorado

The Colorado Legislature introduced a bill on Wednesday that would officially create the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA). House Bill 1278 codifies the rules of the administration in the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to, “increase efficiency, transparency, and ease of access for behavioral health services,” said Michelle Barnes, executive...[ Read More ]

Robert Werthwein, director of OBH, discusses his departure from the position

| Dec 23, 2021 | Colorado

Robert Werthwein, director of the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) at the Colorado Department of Human Services (DHS), recently announced his departure in late February from his position. He currently does not have definitive plans for future employment and is still “exploring his options.”  He cites the upcoming creation of...[ Read More ]

One-third of Marylanders struggle to afford sufficient housing

| Jul 22, 2021 | Maryland

In order to rent a two bedroom home in Maryland, without sacrificing more than 30% of annual income, one would need to earn $28.60 an hour or have an annual household income of $59,480 according to a recent report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). Which is an...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Dr. Aliya Jones on the pandemic and its impact on behavioral health in Maryland

| Jul 20, 2021 | Maryland

Dr. Aliya Jones is the deputy secretary of behavioral health at the Maryland Department of Health. She is a psychiatrist and was most recently the chief of psychiatry and chair of behavioral health at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Jones has served on the Maryland Hospital Association’s Behavioral Health...[ Read More ]