Moe Keller was Director of Advocacy for Mental Health Colorado for 12 years until her retirement in 2022. Before her work with Mental Health Colorado, Moe served for six years on Wheat Ridge City Council, eight years in the Colorado House of Representatives and eight years in the Colorado Senate, where 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.
Moe created psychiatric advance directives in state law and ensured the implementation of advance directives by creating a broad stakeholder group. In 2018, Moe 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.
In 2021 Moe implemented her bill establishing 988 as the new suicide prevention hotline number in the state of Colorado. This became active in July of 2022. Prior to her work in the legislature, Moe was a special education teacher for deaf and hearing impaired children for 25 years. Moe has been married to Stephen Keller for 51 years and has two adult children.