Mental Health Ambassador, Mental Health Center of Denver
Jeannie Ritter joined the Mental Health Center of Denver in 2012 to serve as Mental Health Ambassador. She began her advocacy work around mental health and wellness while serving as the First Lady of Colorado (2007–2011). She continues to work to advance integrated care efforts, increase mental health literacy, expand support and ensure access for mental health services across the community.
Jeannie served as the co-chair of the legislative task force (House Bill 2013-1296) to make recommendations for updating Colorado’s civil commitment laws. Her 10-year experience as a teacher in Denver Public Schools reinforced her conviction of supporting all families with behavioral health concerns. Jeannie remains active in the community serving on numerous boards and committees, including the Depression Center, CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation), Rose Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Health Committee, the Colorado Coalition for Parity, the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund, SIM Advisory Board and Rocky Mountain PBS Board.
She and her husband Bill have four young adult children.