What We’re About

This blog was created for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities and their families in Colorado.  It’s intended to help them navigate the existing support systems in the state, and make them aware of opportunities for change and reform through advocacy. Because of limited public funding, Colorado is a state in which disabled people, parents and families often find themselves fighting for the services that  they or their loved ones need.

Governor Jared Polis signs House Bill 1223 into law. The law provides people in the state's Aid to the Needy Disabled program with free navigation services to help them receive Social Security benefits. The govern is surrounded by bill sponsors and advocates from Denver and Colorado organizations that support people with disabilities..

In May of 2019 Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 1223 into law. The law provides people in the state’s Aid to the Needy Disabled program with free navigation services to help them receive Social Security benefits. The governor is surrounded by bill sponsors and advocates from Denver and across the state who support people with disabilities.

 

For years, I struggled to find help for my disabled child. I had to fight to get help that is more readily available in some other parts of the country. In the process, I learned how to get assistance from a skeletal system, and how to advocate for changes that help people with mental illness and developmental disabilities, and their families.  I also made mistakes that hurt me and my child and offered me a sense of caution about choosing a “resource” just because there seems to be no alternative.

Understanding mental health challenges can be difficult, but accessing services to help yourself or someone you love should be easier.  Working together to support a vulnerable population strengthens everyone.  On this site, I share what I’ve learned and invite you to join a community of people striving to make positive changes for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities.