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Frisco, Montrose to receive new Western Slope mental health clinics

August 22, 2017 — Colorado's Office of Behavioral Health announced this week that Frisco and Montrose will both receive funding for new mental health facilities serving the Western Slope. A senate bill signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper in May set aside millions in marijuana tax dollars for

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Building Hope Summit County initiative renews mental-health efforts in Year 2

July 16, 2017 — A year has passed since a local mental health awareness and resource enhancement campaign began in earnest, and now with a more defined action plan the grassroots organization has sights set on making Summit County a focal point for the state's renewed efforts to get

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Potential Frisco mental-health crisis unit creates regional uncertainty

July 12, 2017 — The state's Office of Behavioral Health is closing in on the location of a new short-term mental health facility on the Western Slope and the medical campus in Frisco is in the final running. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17-207 into law in mid-May

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Faces of Hope, Part 5: Breckenridge couple learns to live with pain of son’s suicide

June 21, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the fifth installment of a series on mental illness in Summit County. For Cary and Marsha Cooper, healing from the loss of their son, Glenn, has meant focusing on the exuberant and vital life he lived instead of the way in

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Faces of Hope, Part 4: Climbing out of the darkness

June 14, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the fourth installment of a series on mental illness in Summit County. In the summer of 2016, Breckenridge local and climber Sam Higby completed the demanding and spectacular Evolution Traverse. A high alpine, continuous ridge traverse that links numerous peaks along

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Summit Daily editorial: State has far to go in addressing mental health crisis

June 9, 2017 — Colorado's county jails have become the last resort for our broken mental health system. Getting a psychiatric bed for a person in crisis can be a time-consuming challenge that frequently falls to law officers. Consequently, patients deemed a risk to themselves or others often wind

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Faces of Hope, Part 3: A brother’s death put Summit County woman on to a path to enlightenment

June 7, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the third installment of a series on mental illness in Summit County. Emily Steingart appears to be living an idyllic mountain-town life. In between juggling several side gigs in marketing and communications, she's busy co-launching a new yoga retreat business called

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Mental health lockups spiked by 1,365 percent in two years at Summit County jail (360 video)

June 1, 2017 — When John told a crisis hotline counselor that he was suicidal last September, he didn't expect the police to get involved. But roughly two hours later, he says, sheriff's deputies arrived at his home in Summit Cove. John, who asked his real name be withheld,

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Faces of Hope, Part 2: After bipolar diagnosis, Summit County woman rebuilds a life

May 31, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the second installment of a series on mental illness in Summit County. Marilyn Hogan is a dynamic, beautiful, and accomplished professional. She served as the president and CEO of the Colorado Broadcasters Association for over a decade and has spent years

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Faces of Hope, Part 1: Frisco mother still coming to terms with her son’s 2006 suicide

May 24, 2017 — Editor's note: This is the first installment of a series on mental illness in Summit County. For Betty Claybrook, solace comes in the form of an exuberant, 70-pound goldendoodle named Zachary. He accompanies her on hikes, happily chasing sticks, snuffling in the snow and nosing

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