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Slain DOC director Tom Clements called a ‘breath of fresh air’

Slain DOC director Tom Clements called a ‘breath of fresh air’

0 / March 20, 2013 2:11 PM

Tom Clements, who was shot and killed at his home this week, was a rare prison chief. He was committed to reforms for mentally ill prisoners and those in solitary confinement. Last month Colorado Public News conducted a wide-ranging interview of the director of the Colorado Department of Corrections of two years. It’s one of his last media interviews

Decades of cuts puts Colorado in mental health crisis

Decades of cuts puts Colorado in mental health crisis

0 / March 17, 2013 7:00 AM

Nearly every day in Colorado, someone having a mental health crisis tries to seek help at a hospital emergency room. There’s only one problem: ER doctors are able to diagnose and treat a broken foot, but they generally don’t have the training to fix a broken mind

Study: 30 percent of Coloradans need mental health care

Study: 30 percent of Coloradans need mental health care

3 / December 7, 2011 12:36 PM

A new report estimates that 1.5 million residents need mental health care. One in 12 – an estimated 450,000 Coloradans – are in severe need of mental health care

Mental Health Court changes lives of chronic criminals

Mental Health Court changes lives of chronic criminals

0 / April 21, 2011 3:00 PM

An estimated 25 percent of Colorado’s prison population is mentally ill, and nearly all suffer from alcoholism or drug addiction. Once they are in the system, most find themselves in a revolving door of crime, conviction and prison – many for nonviolent offenses. In its 17 months of existence, the Arapahoe County Mental Health Court has a zero percent recidivism rate. The program has the possibility of saving taxpayers millions of dollars

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