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On Wednesday, September 14th, Colorado State Senator Linda Newell, an 8th year Senator representing Senate District 26, was honored as a recipient of the 2016 Community Behavioral Health Champion Award by the Colorado Behavioral Health Council (CBHC) and AllHealth Network.

Senator Newell 2016 Behavioral Health Champion Backsplash

Senator Newell has long been a strong advocate in the behavioral health arena, in 2014 sponsoring the bill that successfully created the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Suicide Prevention Commission, which serves as the interface between the public and private sectors in establishing statewide suicide prevention priorities that are data-driven and evidence-based. Senator Newell also sponsored SB16-147 – legislation based on the Zero Suicide Framework which would make the Colorado the first state to implement an ambitious suicide prevention protocol for health care providers and state health departments, potentially bringing more dollars for mental health services into the state.