Legislator Has Worked Across the Aisle to Address Colorado’s Opioid Crisis
(Oct. 2) – The Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC) honored Rep. Brittany Petersen as a Community Behavioral Health Champion for her efforts during the 2018 legislative session. Rep. Pettersen is the only legislator CBHC is honoring this year.
During her tenure at the legislature, Rep. Pettersen has proven to be a relentless advocate for substance use disorder services, programs targeting the opioid crisis, and policies designed to expand coverage and ensure access to behavioral healthcare.
“I am deeply honored to receive this recognition. Everyone knows someone who has been impacted by the opioid crisis, for me it’s my mom. She has inspired me to take on a challenge that is affecting individuals and families across Colorado. ” said Rep. Pettersen, D-Lakewood. “We have more work to do to prevent addiction, improve access to treatment and to close the gaps in our system.”
During the 2018 legislative session, Rep. Pettersen used her first-hand experience with her mother’s decades long struggle with addiction as motivation to significantly advance the field of substance use disorder treatment in our state. Rep. Pettersen’s bipartisan efforts and passion led to a number of victories for substance use disorder policy and funding this legislative session.
This May, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three bills spearheaded by Rep. Pettersen to tackle opioid abuse, which has become the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50.