Moe Keller, President of the Board
Moe Keller has spent her career-enhancing and improving the mental health and well-being within our community. She is an educator and former politician from Colorado. She recently celebrated her retirement from Mental Health Colorado as the Director of Advocacy, a role she excelled in for over 12 years. Before entering politics, she worked as a teacher and interpreter for the deaf for 25 years in Jefferson County and Denver Public Schools. She served for six years on the Wheat Ridge City Council, eight years in the Colorado House of Representatives, and eight years in the Colorado Senate. She concentrated on legislation and policy for individuals who have mental health conditions and for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Moe successfully sponsored two mental health parity bills, legislation restricting the use of seclusion and restraint, and created the Children’s Mental Health Treatment Act in state law. She also successfully sponsored Expedited Permanency Planning for children in the Child Welfare system. In 2021, Moe implemented her bill establishing 988 as the new suicide prevention hotline number in the state of Colorado which became active in July of this year.
Moe has been instrumental in creating psychiatric advance directives in state law and is currently heading up the implementation of advance directives with a broad stakeholder group. She recently worked with the Kennedy Forum to pass a mental health parity compliance bill in the state legislature which is considered model language for mental health treatment compliance in the country. Moe has not only positively impacted mental health through her political career, but as a community member serving as President of the Board of Directors for Jeffco Human Services Foundation.