YOUR NEWS: Election 2016: Mental health forums to provide candidates a chance to discuss health care needs

Nonprofit Mental Health Colorado will hold four events, including a forum Sept. 22 in Aurora

AURORA | How do we make sure that all Coloradans get the mental health care they need? That’s the question Mental Health Colorado hopes to answer through a series of candidate forums on mental health aimed to inform just in time for the 2016 election.

The nonprofit will hold four events, including a forum Sept. 22 in Aurora. Other forums are scheduled for Sept. 20 in Jefferson, Sept. 27 in Denver and Sept. 29 in Colorado Springs.

Attendees will get to meet their candidates for the Colorado legislature and hear candidates’ views on mental health, as candidates answer questions about their stance on specific mental health issues. Some questions Mental Health Colorado has been asking in their candidate survey: Do you support the current law that requires insurers to cover mental health care as an essential benefit? And a 2016 ballot measure would raise the tobacco tax to fund mental health care, among other services; do you support this measure? Guests will also submit questions for the candidates.

One million Coloradans, or about one out of every four, experience a mental health or substance use disorder. Most go without treatment, according to Mental Health Colorado.

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