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Caring for Denver Foundation grants $6.7M to prioritize paths to care over incarceration

Democratic state Rep. Leslie Herod of Denver, who spearheaded the Caring for Denver ballot initiative and now serves as the foundation's board chair, said the grants will be “transformational” for more than 13,000 Denverites.

“When we don’t adequately fund mental health and substance misuse, we pay for it in the criminal justice system,” Herod said in a statement. “These funded programs focus on care rather than incarceration.”

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