Romanoff: Time for Elected Officials to Address Mental Health Issues in Colorado

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What can we agree on?

That’s a question worth asking, as a new herd of lawmakers gathers in Denver and Washington. Last year’s elections probably convinced many Americans that the answer is “almost nothing at all.”

Not so fast.

While the Presidential race proved to be one of the most divisive in recent memory, a few signs of consensus emerged in Colorado. The subject: mental health.

In August, our nonpartisan organization asked every candidate for the Colorado General Assembly where they stood on the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. Nearly 50 percent of the candidates — a mix of Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and Independents — responded.

View the full list of questions and answers, along with the names of candidates who declined to participate, at

Here’s what the candidates said…