A Son’s Career

According to The Status of Behavioral Health Care in Colorado, 3 in 10 Coloradans are in need of mental health or substance use disorder care. Although the number of mental health and substance abuse disorder care practitioners in Colorado has increased since 2003 by nearly 35%, Colorado still has a shortage of psychiatrists and other providers with specialized skills.

Dr. Carl Clark’s early experience with his father’s bipolar disorder inspired a career in helping people with mental illness and substance use disorder recover and regain their lives.  As Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD) he leads the organization in “focusing on what people can do, not what they can’t do.”

Colorado is in need of more providers like Dr. Clark, especially in the rural and frontier areas.  As a state we must reorganize and revise the behavioral health and primary care workforces outside of the metro Denver and Colorado Springs areas.  We need to work to provide general and specialized behavioral health care for older adults, children, and culturally and linguistically diverse Coloradans.

You and your family are entitled to get the care you need, when you need it.  Are you getting the behavioral health care you deserve? Colorado has taken important steps to improve our behavioral health system and is home to many resources.  If you, your friends, or family need help consider contacting Mental Health America of ColoradoNAMI Colorado, or Metro Crisis Services.

Decisions about your health are too important and too personal to be left solely to others, and you don’t have to be an expert to make a difference – you just have to tell your story. Sign up to share your behavioral health story by e-mailing info@coloradohealthstory.org, and we can help make your voice heard.

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  1. Brooke Powers
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