Colorado is in a state of crisis

Many Colorado kids who need mental health services cannot access them. This is largely because, unlike some states where care is accessible, Colorado does not have one central authority to connect all of the providers and facilities. Care is patchy and inconsistent. Providers statewide are unaware of the other services available. This is confusing for families to navigate. Oftentimes they face road block after road block to getting care. Some never receive care.

Ultimately PCMH aims to bring the right care to kids and teens at the right time, no matter where they are – at school, their pediatrician’s office, in the community, at Children’s Colorado, or elsewhere. We plan to improve the current care available and expand access so no child goes without intervention, when problems can escalate to an emergency. Moreover, we will ensure children and young people not only have access to care, but evidence-based care.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24 in Colorado.

31.4% of Colorado youth reported feeling sad for two or more weeks in the past twelve months.

23% of children in the United States – 17.1 million – have or have had a psychiatric disorder. That is more than the total number of children with cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.

50% of all psychiatric illness occurs before the age of 14, and 75% by the age of 24.

There is an average delay of 8-10 years between the onset of mental health symptoms and intervention.

Only 22% of youth who have a mental illness with severe impairment are receiving care.