Team at Haven for Hope

March 7, 2017

In January, Equitas—along with Colorado partners Hassan Latif and Sean Taylor of the Second Chance Center, Commissioner Nancy Jackson of Arapahoe County, and Sue Renner of the Merage Foundations—traveled to Bexar County, Texas, where they visited The Center for...

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January 11, 2017

SB 16-169, which would have extended the time individuals in mental health crisis could be held in jails was vetoed by Governor Hickenlooper in June 2016. “We agree that appropriate mental health facilities are not always readily available to...

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January 5, 2017

In light of expected changes to healthcare delivery and access under the incoming presidential administration, the American Psychology Association, the Equitas Foundation, and a coalition of stakeholders have released a consensus letter recommending that comprehensive approaches “to addressing issues...

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December 5, 2016

In Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman’s film, Last Day of Freedom, Manny Babbitt’s childhood traumatic brain injury goes untreated, and when he returns from the war in Vietnam with his poor mental health severely exacerbated, he continues to go...

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October 13, 2016

They say “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” With total costs of incarceration now estimated at trillions of dollars nationally and no sign of curing recidivism, improving behavioral health, or even deterring crime through incarceration,...

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September 21, 2016

On August 31 and September 1 of 2016, over two hundred experts and leaders in behavioral health and criminal justice from all over the state gathered for Course Corrections: Colorado Summit on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice. The purpose of...

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On Thursday, September 15, 2016, Dr. Vincent Atchity, Equitas Foundation Executive Director, was awarded the prestigious Excellence in the Promotion of Health Equity Award at the 2016 Public Health in the Rockies Conference Ignite & Awards event. This award,...

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July 8, 2016

In collaboration with its partners, Equitas Foundation announces the Colorado Summit on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice. At this event, 225 experts and advocates from all over the state will convene to identify best practices for managing behavioral health,...

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June 17, 2016

While SB16-169 awaits the Governor’s signature or veto, we continue locking people with mental health challenges in jails, whether or not they are criminals. Mental health deteriorates in jail. Sometimes legally innocent people kill themselves as a reaction to...

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March 14, 2016

Equitas Foundation will join county leaders and local policymakers representing 50 jurisdictions in 37 states in Washington, D.C., April 17-19 to address the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses in jails across the country. The 50 teams were chosen...

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