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An estimated 226,000 kids and teens in Colorado have diagnosable mental health conditions, yet only 21 percent receive professional care. Mental health care is patchy and inconsistent in Colorado. Every facility and provider works independently, and there is no statewide support for care coordination. This is confusing for families who try to navigate the “system.”
Some never break through the barriers to get the care they need.
At Children’s Hospital Colorado, we have a plan to create a mental health future by revamping our care at our Pediatric Mental Health Institute. In this new future, kids and teens are able to receive the right care at the right time so mental health problems don’t escalate to an emergency.
We are committed to this plan and determined to provide the very best, family-centered mental health care for children.
Fighting for this is more necessary and urgent than ever before. Our kids and teens are suffering because of the existing barriers to care. Watch one patient’s story who fought to get the care she needed and learn to manage her depression and eating disorder.
We do not deny this is an ambitious undertaking, but it is the right thing for our youth and the future of the state of Colorado. Nothing will change until we take action. When you give to the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado, you support a new mental health future. If you are interested in learning more about our plan for pediatric mental health at Children’s Colorado, you can visit PMHI.org.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.