Colorado Celebrates Mental Health Month With Event Featuring our New Behavioral Health Commissioner

Join CBHC, Mental Health Colorado, Behavioral Health Commissioner Dr. Morgan Medlock, Governor Polis, and others to mark the beginning of Mental Health Month 

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, a national movement to raise awareness about the millions of Americans that struggle with mental, behavioral health, or substance use issues. In recent years, Colorado has seen an uptick in mental health needs and overdose instances as we navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Here in Colorado, behavioral health is top of mind at the moment, with the recent passage of the Behavioral Health Administration Bill in the State Senate. Colorado is also welcoming our first Behavioral Health Commissioner, who will partake in the event for the first time. Dr. Medlock will be speaking, alongside Governor Polis, and will be taking questions following the main event. 

This year’s event will have a focus on diversity and equity within the behavioral health system, as the state moves towards change and transformation. 

Event Details: 


  • Dr. Morgan Medlock, Behavioral Health Commissioner  
  • Colorado Governor Jared Polis 
  • Harry Budisidharta, Executive Director of Asian Pacific Development Center 
  • Vincent Atchity, President & CEO of Mental Health Colorado 
  • Rene Gonzalez, Colorado Department of Human Services 
  • Aaron Green, Department of Health Care Policy & Financing 
  • Dr. Robert Montoya, Department of Higher Education  

When: Monday, May 2 at 12 p.m. 

Where: West Foyer, Colorado State Capitol 

About CBHC: The Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC) envisions a state where all people can lead healthy, purposeful lives. Our 23 member organizations represent a statewide network of integrated care providers and care management organizations, including 17 Community Mental Health Centers, 4 Managed Services Organizations, and 2 specialty health clinics. Together, we strengthen Colorado communities by ensuring innovative care and supporting the health, wellbeing, and safety of all Coloradans.

For more details, contact: 

Sarah Schueler 
Public Relations Officer, Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council