Behavioral health conditions – mental health and addiction – are common AND treatable. After all, some form of mental illness affects one out of four people each year. We are a comprehensive healthcare network specializing in behavioral health services for all ages and levels of need. We welcome all through our doors and are committed to providing efficient access to professional care at an affordable cost. Choosing support for yourself or a family member is an important step, let us begin the journey with you.
We provide counseling, therapy and group therapy on an outpatient basis to treat individuals and families with a wide range of emotional, social and psychiatric needs using evidence-based therapies. Read More
The work that we do changes lives every day. Your support helps us to provide suicide prevention services, mental health crisis care, prevention and educational programs to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Read More
On Wednesday, September 14th, Colorado State Senator Linda Newell, an 8th year Senator representing Senate District 26, was honored as a recipient of the 2016 Community Behavioral Health Champion Award by the Colorado Behavioral Health Council (CBHC) and AllHealth Network.
Senator Newell has long been a strong advocate in the behavioral health arena, in 2014 sponsoring the bill that successfully created the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Suicide Prevention Commission, which serves as the interface between the public and private sectors in establishing statewide suicide prevention priorities that are data-driven and evidence-based. Senator Newell also sponsored SB16-147 – legislation based on the Zero Suicide Framework which would make the Colorado the first state to implement an ambitious suicide prevention protocol for health care providers and state health departments, potentially bringing more dollars for mental health services into the state.
Each year we lose thousands of people from drug overdose globally. Some survive but suffer a permanent injury, with devastating impact to their families and friends. Our community is not immune. You may have seen it; it has happened to people around you. Tomorrow, it could happen to someone you love. Fortunately, overdose is preventable. Knowing the real facts about drugs and what to do when you see someone experiencing an overdose DOES save lives.
On August 31, we will be observing International Overdose Awareness Day, an opportunity for us to reflect on practical ways to prevent overdose in our community. The goals of Overdose Awareness are 1) to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death, and 2) to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. This is an international observance that is being recognized locally in Colorado.
Opioid misuse and overdoses affect individuals of all genders, races, income levels, and education levels. It impacts families and communities. It is important to recognize that addiction is a chronic disease that requires medical treatment; it is not a character flaw or failure of the individual. Though society may have preconceived notions about people who suffer an overdose, they are everyday people with families and people who love them. Here is a story map called Celebrating Lost Loves Ones that honors and celebrates those we have lost too soon due to this disease: Storymap
Resources for the community to learn more:
www.TakeMedsSeriously.org – a public awareness website promoting safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal of prescription medications.
www.stoptheclockcolorado.org – a website with information about naloxone, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose, including where those who use opioids and their loved ones can receive naloxone to use in an emergency.
www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/index.html - national health statistics and information for the public and for healthcare providers about opioid overdose from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Statistics to keep in mind:
Nearly 224,000 Coloradans misuse prescription drugs each year.
Annual deaths from painkillers (such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, and fentanyl) more than tripled from 2000 to 2013.
In 2013, 35% of all drug poisoning deaths in Colorado involved prescription painkillers.
There is a fatal overdose in Colorado every 9 hours and 24 minutes.