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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6:46am

Thu May 15, 2014
Health

With Dwindling Mental Health Providers, ERs Fill The Gap

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Growing demand for intensive mental-health treatment in the state and a decline in the supply of psychiatric beds have put added pressure on emergency rooms. In cases when patients pose a danger to themselves or others, ERs become the default holding place.

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5:00am

Wed May 14, 2014
Health

For Those Coping With Mental Illness, Help Is Hard To Find

Danielle Nordeen, right, holds her seven-year-old son's hand in a park near their Grand Junction, Colo., home April 14, 2014. In January, Nordeen's son was sent to a psychiatric ward hundreds of miles from their home, after he lashed out at school.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Danielle Nordeen drives a 16-year-old Toyota Camry that doesn’t handle well on snowy mountain passes. In January, Nordeen had to make the drive from her home in Grand Junction to Pueblo often enough that she developed a strategy: Find a semi with its hazard lights on and follow it closely, prompting the other drivers to direct their wrath toward the trucker rather than her.

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5:00am

Tue May 13, 2014
Health

For Mental Illnesses, Steep Costs Found Behind Bars

Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

People with mental illnesses in Colorado are more than five times as likely to be housed in jails or in prisons than in hospital psychiatric beds. Colorado’s sheriffs say county jails are overwhelmed with inmates who need hospitalization or treatment for their mental health problems – not incarceration.

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5:00am

Mon May 12, 2014
Health

Untreated Mental Health A Factor Behind Health Care 'Superutilizers'

Christina Jackson looks out the front door of her home in Aurora, Colo., April 16, 2014. Jackson says her grief and depression after the death of her sister preceded a flood of medical problems.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Call them frequent flyers. Or superutilizers. Or loyal customers.

In hospitals across the country, they’re known to doctors and nurses as the people who come back time and again for care.

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10:11am

Fri April 4, 2014
Mental Health

Mental Health Initiative Will Search For Statewide Solutions

It isn't too late to become involved in the broad statewide discussion on mental illness this weekend, with groups gathering in four cities to discuss means of eradicating stigma and removing barriers to treatment.

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