HB-1068 Annual Mental Health Checks and
HB-1258 Rapid Mental Health Response for Colorado Youth
District Attorney Brian Mason and the District Attorney's Office supported the passage of HB-1068 and HB-1258 in Colorado in 2021. HB-1068 allows for all Coloradans to receive an annual mental health exam, much like an annual physical exam. This
law is the first of its kind in the United States. HB-1258 allocates funding and provides three free mental health sessions to young people during pandemic recovery. DA Mason continues to prioritize mental health within his administration, and
his public support of this law was a continuation of this effort.
CBS Denver Story on the Passage of HB-1068
"Life Line" Mental Health Hotline
The "Life Line" connects young people facing mental health challenges with the support and services they need to face life and all its obstacles. The "Life Line" is staffed by licensed mental health professionals who work at the Adams and Broomfield County Youth Diversion program which is part of the District Attorney's Office. Our counselors have more than 40 years of experience helping young people facing mental health challenges and can help to prevent negative coping strategies such as self-harm, or self-medication with drugs or alcohol. The number to call is (303) 835-LIFE (5433). Denver 7 Story on the "Life Line"
SB22-188 Behavioral Health Support For Criminal Justice Advocates
During the 2022 legislative session, District Attorney Brian Mason also testified in support of a bill that passed and will provide funds and resources for the mental health treatment of prosecutors and public defenders.
World Suicide Prevention Day
On World Suicide Prevention Day, the dedicated staff from the District Attorney's Diversion Program set up a booth at the Reunion Coffee House in Commerce City. DA Brian Mason and the group passed out information, resources, and provided support to those who stopped by. Every year 800,000 people worldwide will take their own life. In the United States, there are 130 suicides per day, and it is the 10th leading cause of death. In 2019, 1,287 Coloradans committed suicide. If you or someone you know needs help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255 and/or the Adams Broomfield District Attorney's Office "Life Line" at 303-835-LIFE (5433).