Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force seeking public testimony

The Colorado Department of Human Services and Executive Director Michelle Barnes have announced public testimony days for the Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force (BHTF). This task force will evaluate Colorado’s behavioral health system and author a statewide, strategic Blueprint to reform the system with the goal of enabling every Coloradan experiencing behavioral health needs to receive timely, high-quality services in their communities.

The BHTF wants to hear from the public about their journey within the behavioral health system; the challenges that are still being worked through, suggestions to make the behavioral health system work for all Coloradans and the resources that helped find success. 

“We must work together to improve the behavioral health system, and that is why we are kicking off these public testimony days. We want to hear you. We want to see you. We must end the stigma and talk about this to find solutions,” said Senior Advisor for Behavioral Health Transformation Summer Gathercole.

The BHTF will be offering at least one public testimony opportunity each month through June 2020. The following dates and locations have been identified thus far:

Date

Time

Physical Location

Video/Telephone Options

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

7:30 am – 10:30 am

Colorado Department of Human Services: 1575 Sherman Street, Denver – 8th Floor

https://zoom.us/j/9166858148
or 1-669-900-6833,  Meeting ID: 916 685 8148

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

La Plata County Fairgrounds: 2500 Main Avenue, Durango – Lightner Room

https://zoom.us/j/9166858148
or 1-669-900-6833,  Meeting ID: 916 685 8148

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment: 4300 Cherry Creek S Dr, Denver – Sabin Conference Room

https://zoom.us/j/9166858148
or 1-669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 916 685 8148

Monday, November 18th, 2019

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

DORA Division of Insurance: 1560 Broadway, Denver – 19th Floor Conference Room

https://zoom.us/j/9166858148
or 1-669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 916 685 8148

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Colorado Health Care Policy & Financing: 303 East 17th Avenue, Denver – 11th Floor https://zoom.us/j/9166858148
or 1-669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 916 685 8148

Anyone wishing to testify will need to register at www.calendly.com/BHTF by 10:00 a.m. on the previous business day. 

Citizens can also subscribe to updates and communication about the task force and its committees on the Behavioral Health Task Force website.

If you have questions, contact Madlynn Ruble, Deputy Director of Communications, by email at madlynn.ruble@state.co.us; or by phone at 303-866-3411 (office).

Aug. 19, 2019