The Colorado Health Institute (CHI) marked its 20th anniversary as an organization devoted to health reform and advocacy in Colorado with the release of its 2022 Annual Report on July 11th.      The organization’s 2022 health agenda focused on three areas of concern in Colorado: health and climate, behavioral health, and integrating systems of … Read more

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed House Bill 1236 into law on May 16th, which applies a series of administrative modifications to the state’s Behavioral Health Administration (BHA).     Under the bill, the BHA will continue as the regulatory oversight agency for the behavioral healthcare system, and continue to serve as the central body for … Read more

The Colorado House Public and Behavioral Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved House Bill 1153 on Tuesday. The bill would direct the Department of Human Services (CDHS) to conduct a feasibility study to determine pathways to care for people with serious mental illness. It now heads to appropriations.      The work would be … Read more

The Colorado Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) released its 2023-2025 Strategic Plan on Tuesday, outlining a unified strategy that is data-driven and puts people first.  The plan proposes utilizing a collective impact model to align activities across various state agencies and programs with the BHA’s core values, pillars, and priorities to reach a shared vision and … Read more

Testifying before the House Public and Behavioral Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday, Colorado Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) Commissioner Dr. Morgan Medlock said the agency’s strategic plan for transforming the state’s behavioral healthcare system will be released on Jan. 31st.      Medlock appeared before the committee to give an update on the BHA’s … Read more

Following the deadly shooting in Colorado Springs, concerns over the well-being of Colorado’s LGBTQ community have been a statewide focus this week as state leaders were quick to condemn the attack and offer words of support.      “This is horrific, sickening, and devastating,” said Governor Jared Polis in a statement Sunday. “My heart breaks … Read more

Since the formal creation of the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) in May, Colorado has been innovating the delivery of behavioral healthcare to better address the needs of its citizens.      Speaking on a panel at the 2022 Colorado State of Reform Health Policy Conference, BHA’s Deputy Commissioner of Operations Summer Gathercole outlined the administration’s … Read more

Earlier this month, the Colorado Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) laid out its strategic plan to bolster the state’s behavioral health workforce through a series of initiatives over the next year.      Working with the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), the Colorado Healthcare Service Corps, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), as well as … Read more