Series: 'Untreated'

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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6:46am

Thu May 15, 2014
Health

With Dwindling Mental Health Providers, ERs Fill The Gap

Rosser321 Flickr - Creative Commons

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

Thu May 15, 2014
Mental Health

Charting The Course For Colorado Mental Health At The Capitol

Senator Linda Newell speaks at the state capitol, date unknown.
senlindanewell.com

Mental health became a top priority for some Colorado lawmakers following the Aurora theater shootings and the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The state made a large investment in mental health services during the 2013 session, but there have been setbacks since.

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