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Resource ID: #28642
Subject: Mental Health
Source: Staff
Affiliation: Denver7
Date: 2019-07-01



This investigation started as a single story that went viral digitally and led more than five dozen current and former employees, patients and family members to contact Denver7 asking for help and wondering why their complaints to the state of Colorado went virtually unheard. The investigative team quickly realized we had discovered a significant issue that impacted some of our state’s most vulnerable. This series of stories that includes more than 90 minutes of reporting spanning eleven months and includes a 30-minute special has forced a significant and what state sources say is “unprecedented” action. In June, the state of Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment moved to revoke the license of Clear View Behavioral Health, one of the state’s largest “for profit” mental health hospitals. Colorado’s Attorney General credited the exclusive reporting by Denver7’s investigative team with bringing the issues to light and forcing the action by the state. In addition, there are currently five ongoing investigations into the facility (Colorado Attorney General, CDPHE, Colorado Dept of Behavioral Health, Medicare and Medicaid) and there are two criminal investigations into suspicious deaths exposed by the Denver7 reporting (Colorado Attorney General and the Larimer County DA). Also, ten of the 12 most powerful executives at Clear View have left the facility since our reporting started last January.

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