How schools and communities are providing mental health support for students when schools are closed

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School districts and community programs across Colorado are working to provide mental health support for youth while schools are closed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Colorado restaurants face tough decisions

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Our daily lives have been disrupted beyond imagination, and many of us are faced with crucial choices. For countless local business owners, decisions they make have a broad reach; the financial and health impact to staff, family and the community are all part of the decision process.

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It takes an army to help fight the mask shortage

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the need for protective masks is acute, particularly among medical personnel. Yet there is a nationwide shortage of masks, potentially leaving doctors, nurses and other health-care workers at risk.

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Amid the coronavirus outbreak, a plea for blood donations

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​The need for people to donate blood doesn't go away in a pandemic. In fact, with coronavirus on the move and COVID-19 cases multiplying, the need for blood donations remains acute, but it's not as easy for agencies to collect it.

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Governor Polis announces statewide stay at home order

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The order goes into effect at 6am on March 26th and lasts until April 11th.

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Denver Mayor Hancock announces stay at home order

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The order is in place from 5pm Tuesday, March 24 to April 10th.

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Q&A with a Colorado teacher whose classroom is now online because of coronavirus

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Christy Wheeler's kindergarten class is suddenly being held in a Google Classroom because her district closed schools to help slow the spread of coronavirus. She shares how the transition to remote learning has affected her as an educator.

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Blog: School is closed. I'm working at home as an employee, teacher, mom

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How does school work when school is closed? Can kids still learn when they stay home and so does their teacher? That’s what my family is learning this week with school shut down to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

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No security blanket: Rural Colorado jails struggle to provide mental health treatment

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When a detainee is suffering a mental health crisis, Rio Grande county deputies and staff keep watch from a desk just steps outside the holding cells. Periodically, they enter the cell to check on the person and offer calming words. But they are not trained mental health professionals.

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Boulder County emphasizes mental health services for offenders

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At the Boulder County Jail, incarceration means an immediate mental health evaluation, and it begins at the booking desk.

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Behind bars, a threat looms: Deputy nearly dies after attack by mentally ill inmate

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A jail deputy suffered permanent injuries and lost his career after an attack by a mentally ill inmate. But remarkably, he says he holds no grudge against the man who nearly killed him and never wanted him to be prosecuted.

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A broken system: Colorado struggles to uphold laws requiring timely mental competency service for detainees, despite losing lawsuits and years of failure

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Hundreds of people are in Colorado jails, presumed innocent while awaiting trial, but are stuck there because the state has failed for nearly a decade to provide mental health services, including mental competency evaluations.

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The never-ending cycle of the mental health hold: How many M-1 holds does it take before a person in crisis can get real help?

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Forrest Williams spent more than a year in the Arapahoe County jail -- not for any crime, but awaiting mental health treatment so the 25-year-old could be deemed competent to face charges of threatening Judith Wilson, Williams' mother.

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Woman who injured deputy during mental health crisis says arrest saved her life

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A woman who attacked a deputy while suffering through a mental health crisis said the incident saved her life by giving her access to the treatment she needed.

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Dramatic video shows Pueblo officer saving suicidal veteran

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A Pueblo police officer used his crisis intervention training to save an armed man who seemed determined to die in a suicide-by-cop.

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