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Check here often for news and updates about Medicaid, mental health benefits and topics of interest.

  • On August 12, 2014, Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the launch of Colorado’s first statewide mental health crisis hotline. Mental health professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 844-493-TALK (8255). The mental health crisis hotline represents an important part of the Administration’s initiative “Strengthening Colorado’s Mental Health System: A Plan to Safeguard All Coloradans.” The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is partnering with Metro Crisis Services to operate the hotline. Callers to the Colorado Crisis and Support Line will be connected with experienced professionals, counselors, and peer specialists.

    To learn more about “Strengthening Colorado’s Mental Health System,” visit their website.

  • SAMHSA Launches New Website Aimed at Preventing Youth Suicide
    According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds. It accounts for 12 percent of deaths for this age group. In response, The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, the Ad Council, and the Inspire USA Foundation have launched, a website geared at helping to prevent teen suicide. shares stories from youth that have “been there.” There are a wide range of stories aimed at showing that we all have hard times and there are ways to get through them. Story categories include: self harm, loss and grief, drugs and alcohol, friendships and peer relationships, romance sexuality & pregnancy, and more.

    Visit the Your Voice section to find out how you can get involved, and if you or someone you know needs help there are more links under Get Help. There are links to follow on twitter and you can add them to Facebook and MySpace to help get the word out and help prevent suicide. “We can help us.”

  • Preventing Suicide in Colorado (PDF)
    This report was released in the spring of 2009. It has been in the making since 1998. That year, Governor Roy Romer talked about suicide. He said it was a major public health problem in Colorado. This report is a must-read for anyone who wants a healthy Colorado.

  • CHP Recovery Forum
    Learn how you can become involved in committees, decision making and training.

  • Nurse Advice Line
    The Department of Health Care, Policy and Financing (HCPF) has a new NURSE ADVICE LINE to help Medicaid members with health needs. If you are a Medicaid Member, you can talk to a registered nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nurses can answer questions about your health care. They can give you advice if you are having a medical emergency. Call the Nurse Advice line at 1-800-283-3221. Learn more about HCPF’s Nurse Advice Line.