Colorado Behavioral Health & Wellness Summit
November 9-12, 2020
This year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colorado Behavioral Health & Wellness Summit has altered its original plan. This year we will be offering all the content online in a variety of formats including live-streaming as well as video and audio podcasting. Participants will have the opportunity to virtually interact with presenters from anywhere in the world. Issue briefs and resources will be available to download on demand. We are confident this approach is sensitive to public health concerns while ensuring individuals can still engage and interact virtually.
The Colorado Behavioral Health & Wellness Summit will bring together clinicians, educators, researchers, and policymakers as well as leaders in the field of behavioral health on the campus of the University of Denver, November 9 through November 12, 2020. The event is a collaboration between the Mental Health Center of Denver, the University of Denver, and Envision: You, an initiative focused on LGBTQ+ behavioral health concerns. Participants will be able to discover new tools and resources, discuss practical strategies for change, and connect with colleagues and experts alike.
PURPOSE OF THE SUMMIT
The intersection of substance use and mental health continues to be a challenge in the State of Colorado. It’s estimated that about 20 percent of the state’s adult population—about 832,000 adults—is living with a mental health condition, according to a 2019 report from Mental Health America, and nearly 450,000 of them aren’t being treated for that illness. What’s clear to community leaders, policymakers and providers alike, Colorado’s behavioral health care system must change to keep up with the increased need.
Speakers and presenters will engage our community to break down silos statewide and to bridge the gaps in communication and collaboration. Specifically, the Summit will provide various audiences with approaches to:
- awareness and education;
- training and clinical practice; and,
- policy advocacy and action.