DENVER - October marks 50 years since President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act.
The purpose of the legislation was to improve the care and treatment of those who suffer from mental illness. A mental health forum was held tonight in Boston to discuss the progress made since the legislation was signed.
The forum was live-streamed in Denver, and served as a spring board, for several state leaders to speak about the state of Colorado's mental health care. The forum in Denver focused on insurance coverage for those with m ental health and substance abuse problems.
Paul Skudo is an alumnus of the CU program, CeDAR, that offers a 30-day treatment facility for those suffering from substance abuse. He said he hoped Wednesday's forum will educate people about addiction - a disease that can affect anyone.
"If insurance companies were made to be able to have this as a part of their coverage, it would be instrumental for many people," Skudo said. " And not just the individuals. Those individuals affect their communities, their family, their work places, that sort of thing. Often times, those aren't taken into consideration. It's just looked at as this individual has a problem, let's fix his or her problem."
Jeannie Ritter, whose focus as Colorado's first lady was mental health - was among those who spoke in Denver Wednesday. Tomorrow, there will be a day-long conference in Washington - discussing mental health issues.
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