A Denver ballot initiative could bring in tens of millions of dollars a year to help people with mental health and substance disorder issues. State Rep. Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat, is spearheading the "Caring 4 Denver" campaign. She said the proposal makes financial sense in that, if it’s passed by voters, it could fund a variety of mental health programs. The money would come from a one-quarter of 1 percent city sales tax — that's 25 cents on a $100 purchase. Read full
A request for a 0.25 percent sales tax for mental health services and addiction treatment qualified for the November ballot in Denver Tuesday. The measure is expected to raise $45 million to improve “the quality, availability and affordability of community-based mental health and addiction care,” said Caring 4 Denver, the group backing the proposal. Read full article #suicide #mentalhealth #Mentalhealth #qualitymentalhealthcare #Caring4Denver #ballotinitiative
Tonight will mark the official launch of Caring 4 Denver, a proposed ballot measure that aims to raise $45 million annually a quarter at a time in order to increase the amount of mental health and substance abuse services in the city. State representative Leslie Herod, one of the concept’s main backers, stresses that this funding will also help law enforcement, since people struggling with such issues all too often wind up behind bars even when they haven’t committed a crime.