Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

I-News is the public service journalism arm of Rocky Mountain PBS and works in collaboration with news media throughout Colorado.

You can learn more about I-News at www.inewsnetwork.org.

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4:30am

Mon June 23, 2014
Health

New Hepatitis C Drug's Cost A Steep Climb For Colorado

Screencap of the website for Sovaldi, a new drug to treat hepatitis C.
Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Starting in June, Colorado’s Medicaid agency will cover a breakthrough hepatitis C drug on a case-by-case basis, while it decides who will qualify for the potentially life-saving drug, and who will not.

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6:32am

Mon June 16, 2014
Mental Health

Now Considered 'Treatment Failure,' Colorado Moves Away From Seclusion, Restraint

Julie Reiskin, left, executive director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, and Marlene Murillo, a Coalition executive assistant, advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

In 2010, a man named Troy Geske died at the Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo after being wrestled by staff members onto a bed, where he was restrained with straps and left by himself, face down. He asphyxiated.

Geske’s death resulted in the state’s paying a $775,000 settlement to his family and a ban on the use of prone restraint in state hospitals. The tragedy also accelerated a concerted effort in Colorado to limit the use of seclusion and restraint for people receiving mental-health treatment.

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8:01am

Mon June 9, 2014
Mental Health

Gov. Hickenlooper Has Signed A Ban On Long-term Solitary For The Mentally Ill

A sheriff's deputy checks on prisoners in the administrative segregation section, Unit 4C, of the Pueblo County, Colo., jail April 4, 2014.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Friday, June 6 that bans the practice of keeping seriously mentally ill prisoners in solitary confinement.

The bill, which passed with strong bipartisan support, won the support of advocates and rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, who say the isolation of prisoners with mental illness violates the constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment and endangers public safety.

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6:53am

Mon June 2, 2014
Mental Health

Standards Unclear As Colorado's Mental Health Holds Rise

An empty patient room in the emergency psychiatric services ward at Denver Health in Denver on Nov. 11, 2013. More Coloradans are being put into involuntary mental-health treatment, but the standards for these holds are unclear.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

In 2013, more than 31,000 Coloradans were held involuntarily because they were thought to pose a danger to themselves or others, or were gravely disabled, because of a mental illness.

What constitutes a danger? It depends whom you ask.

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5:00am

Sat May 31, 2014
DUI Arrests

In Colorado, Many Cited For DUI Are Without Valid License

Candles and flowers form a makeshift memorial for Juan Carlos Dominguez-Palomino in Aurora, Colo., near the intersection where the 17--year-old was killed when an allegedly drunken driver collided with his vehicle in March 2014.
Whitney Wild 9News, KUSA-TV

One of every four motorists cited for drinking and driving in Colorado over the past two years was driving at the time without a valid license because it had been revoked, suspended or never issued.

And more than one-fifth had lost their driving privileges for a prior drunken driving conviction.

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