Mental Health

File photo of James Holmes. (credit: RJ Sangosti-Pool/Getty Images)

Judge Rejects Holmes’ Challenge To Insanity Law

The judge in the Colorado theater shootings has rejected arguments by defense lawyers that state laws on insanity and the death penalty violate the Constitution.

05/29/2013

A gunman opened fire on people attending "The Dark Knight Rises" debut at the Century 16 theaters at the Aurora Mall on July 20, 2012. (credit: CBS)

Theater Attack Prompts New Colorado Mental Health Law

Days after a gunman entered a suburban Denver movie theater, killing 12 moviegoers and injuring 70 others, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado health officials began talking about revamping a state mental health system that had been devastated by budget cuts.

05/16/2013

Gov. John Hickenlooper signs the bills on Thursday. (credit: CBS)

Hickenlooper Approves More Mental Health Services

Colorado will increase mental health services with walk-in crisis centers and a 24-hour hotline in response to last summer’s shootings at an Aurora movie theater.

05/16/2013

A view of the remodeled exterior facade of the Cinemark Century Aurora Theaters on January 17, 2013. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

Insanity Plea To Put The Focus Back On Mental Health

The most highly publicized insanity plea in Colorado’s recent history should get all of us, including our lawmakers, talking more about mental health in our community, CBSDenver.com blogger Dominic Dezzutti writes.

05/07/2013

Colorado State Capitol (credit: CBS)

Civil Commitment Study Advances In Colorado

A task force would study how to consolidate Colorado laws for placing someone in involuntary commitment under a bill advanced by House lawmakers.

04/16/2013

State Sen. Irene Aguilar (credit: CBS)

State Senator Pushes For More Mental Health Call Centers

A state senator who is also the only practicing physician in the Colorado Legislature joined a forum on Sunday in Denver to discuss improvements that could be made to mental health care in Colorado.

03/04/2013

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (credit: MySpace)

Where Are All of the Mental Health Reform Bills?

While gun control proposals have dominated national and local headlines, the other major issue that many, including our governor and our president, feel is equally important, has yet to be covered.

02/06/2013

Christopher Olsen (credit: CBS)

Colorado Sheriffs Speak Out Against Major Gun Law Changes

The debate over gun control has many sheriffs in Colorado urging state lawmakers to hold off on any major changes.

01/29/2013

Gov. John Hickenlooper delivers the 2013 State of the State speech. (credit: CBS)

Hickenlooper Sets The Legislative Table

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s third State of the State address was his first with two Democrat majorities. He used this opportunity to inform his colleagues on what he would like to see, and more importantly, what he would not like to see, this session.

01/11/2013

Sandy Hook Elementary School

If No One Solution, Why Not Try All?

Many arguments can be made about each individual proposed solution to school violence. However, what is stopping us from trying everything? It’s time to think how we have come togehter as a country to fight evil before. Here’s a hint, we never bring just one idea.

12/23/2012

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