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Parker Pharmacy Medication Take-Back Program

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AllHealth Network Pharmacy is pleased to announce that the Parker Pharmacy is now a registered drop-off location for the Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program! There is now a drop-off receptacle located at the pharmacy for the collection of household medications, including both prescription and over-the-counter medications. Drop off your unwanted household medications for FREE at the AllHealth Network Pharmacy at Parker!

The AllHealth Network Pharmacy at Parker is conveniently located on the first floor inside of the Alpine medical building at Parker Adventist Hospital.

Parker Pharmacy Address:
9397 Crown Crest Blvd. #101
Parker, CO 80138

Hours of Operations:
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in partnership with the Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention developed the program in response to the increased need for safe disposal of prescription medications. The average American household has four pounds of medications, including both prescription and over-the-counter medications. At the same time, teen abuse of prescription medications is on the rise. Research shows almost 38 percent of teens who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from their parents’ medicine cabinet. There are also 35 prescription drug related deaths per month in Colorado.

For more statistics please visit Take Meds Seriously

Help us solve the problem!

You can help us solve this problem by dropping off your unwanted household medications for safe and secure disposal.

What can be disposed?

  • Prescription medications, including prescribed controlled substances (DEA Schedule II– V)
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Liquid medications (small amounts in original, non-leaking containers)
  • Medicated patches (Used Fentanyl and Duragesic® patches are extremely hazardous. They may be folded in half, sticky-side together, and flushed down the toilet.)
  • Medication samples
  • Medicated ointments
  • Vitamins
  • Pet medications
  • Unused drug injection cartridges, e.g. unused EpiPens® and insulin pens (must be unused with needle still protected inside)

What can’t be disposed?Got Drugs Banner

  • Marijuana
  • Illicit drugs (e.g. DEA Schedule I drugs like heroin, LSD, etc)
  • Needles, syringes, and other sharps
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Medical tools and supplies
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Personal care products
  • Thermometers
  • Empty containers
  • Medication wastes generated by health care facilities, including nursing homes

Have Questions?

Our friendly pharmacy staff will be happy to answer your questions about this program when you drop by the AllHealth Network Pharmacy at Parker.

Chancellor Rebecca Chopp Signs Pledge for Mental Health Support with AllHealth Network

Chancellor Rebecca Chopp Signs Pledge for Mental Health Support with AllHealth Network

Commitment to fostering a culture that supports mental health awareness

DENVER—May 18, 2017—The University of Denver today announced its partnership with AllHealth Network by signing a CEO pledge to commit to promoting an environment that encourages seeking mental health treatment and provides resources for those who need it.

University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp and Dean of the Graduate School for Professional Psychology, Shelly Smith-Acuna, both signed the pledge.university of denver logo

The University of Denver is proud to educate our community and help build awareness around behavioral health disorders,” said Chopp. “At DU we aim to educate our entire community that reaching out for help is encouraged, but also that openly talking about mental and behavioral health concerns is one of the most effective ways we can breakdown misconceptions.”

As part of the CEO pledge, Chopp and the University agree to support matters to destigmatize mental health issues, ensure all employees have access to training, education and resources for mental health support, and encourage employees to seek treatment when needed.

AllHealth Network will provide complimentary trainings and workshops, as well as resources to organizations who sign the pledge. This includes counseling services, group therapy and substance abuse treatment.

“By signing AllHealth Networks’ CEO/Leadership Pledge, Chancellor Chopp is demonstrating the University of Denver’s commitment to its workforce and students and the importance of normalizing the conversation around mental health,” said Dr. William Henricks, AllHealth Network’s CEO.

Currently there are 10 signed pledges including, Mac Macovits and the Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Foundation, Lloyd Lewis and arc Thrift Stores and Jeffrey Call and Mile High LED Systems. AllHealth Network hopes to sign 50 signees by next May.

About the University of Denver:

The University of Denver: Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is committed to engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. The University strives to educate the 21st-century citizens and leaders needed in its organizations and communities. For additional information, visit the University’s newsroom or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter.

About AllHealth Network:

AllHealth Network is a non-profit healthcare organization providing a full spectrum of behavioral healthcare to more than 17,000 children, adults and older adults, families and couples in 10 unique settings. Behavioral health services include counseling, psychiatry, crisis services, substance abuse treatment, adult acute treatment unit, services offered to the criminal just system, vocational and social rehabilitation, school-based services and an on-site pharmacy. For more information about AllHealth Network, please visit www.allhealthnetwork.org.

Finding that Teachable Moment

By Barbara Becker, Ph.D.
Director of Government Relations and Community Partnerships, AllHealth Network
Commissioner, Colorado State Commission on Suicide Prevention

As parents, we are often confronted with when and how to bring up sensitive issues with our children: those sometimes awkward but very critical conversations about drinking, drugs, driving, seatbelts, and safe sex. It is so important that we also have a smart and meaningful conversation around suicide prevention and mental health.finding that teachable moment

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10 – 14, and the second among persons aged 15 – 34 years according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Colorado consistently has one of the highest rates of suicide in the nation. It is a public health issue that cannot be ignored. In both Arapahoe and Douglas counties we have been faced with teen suicides on an all too frequent basis.

Every year our children are exposed to more and more material through the ever-expanding world of media and social networks. This brings the world closer together and the consequences can be both positive and negative.

Recently, there has been much attention given to a Netflix original series that focuses on a fictional youth’s suicide. The result has been an onslaught of opinions around what is appropriate for youth to watch, what should not be watched, and what should be watched with a parent or other adult advisor.

While we cannot shield our children from all that is out there we can use it as one of those opportunistic “teachable moments” if we are prepared. How can you best be ready to have an open conversation with your child about mental health and suicide prevention?

It is important that you have an understanding yourself about these important issues. Don’t be afraid to start the conversation – your children are already aware of mental health and suicide through the media and through their own interactions at school and in the community. Having that open and direct conversation will be appreciated by them. Gather your courage to start the dialogue. Keep the conversation at a level that is appropriate for your child’s developmental level (the older the child the more detailed the conversation). Be honest in your approach. If your child has a question you cannot answer, go and find the answer and then circle back and share it with them. Take this as an added opportunity to encourage them to reach out to trusted adults when there is a situation that is too difficult for them to handle by themselves.

Every suicide is different. However, many individuals exhibit some of the same behaviors when they are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Learn the risks and warning signs of suicide. Help your children understand these as well. It is important for them to be able to recognize these in their friends and classmates. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention lists these as some of the warning signs to look for:

If a person talks about:

  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Experiencing unbearable pain
  • Having no reason to live
  • Killing themselves

Specific behavioral things to look out for include:

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
  • Acting recklessly
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression

Be supportive of help-seeking behavior. Talking about one’s anxiety, depression, and other psychological issues with a professional leads to an individual feeling heard, and ultimately being able to address the underlying reasons that have contributed to the distress.

Be familiar with resources for your child and for yourself – and share those resources See AllHealthNetwork's Child, Adolescent & Family Services Page

As a community, we have the responsibility to teach children how to best navigate the world and addressing mental illness and suicide is critical to that goal. Don’t let discomfort prevent you from having a tough conversation—it could save a life.

AllHealth Network Welcomes New CEO

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Board of Directors of AllHealth Network is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. William Henricks as AllHealth Network's new Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Henricks will join AllHealth Network on March 10, 2017 and will serve onMarch 10th Dr William Henricks joins AllHealth Network as CEO its Board of Directors. Dr. Henricks succeeds Joan DiMaria, who retired as AllHealth Network's CEO in the Fall of 2016. Interim Co-CEO's Keith Larson and Dr. Kaan Ozbayrak have lent their talents and time as they continued their roles as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Medical Officer, respectively, following Joan's retirement.

The AllHealth Network Board of Directors conducted a nationwide search process led by Cejka Executive Search. In making this important selection, the Board of Directors was committed to identifying an executive possessing the business acumen and significant breadth and depth of knowledge in the behavioral healthcare industry. "Dr. Henricks' expertise in behavioral healthcare and his industry leadership will help pave the way for AllHealth Network to continue to grow and persevere in an increasingly competitive and ever-evolving behavioral healthcare market," said John Phillips, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Henricks has been active in behavioral healthcare for over 25 years, most recently serving as Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Seton Shoal Creek and Behavioral Health Services in Austin, Texas overseeing clinical inpatient and outpatient care and a substantial portfolio of behavioral healthcare services. Dr. Henricks has worked as a psychologist and administrator bringing together a unique skill set that has served him and the organizations he has worked with well.

Dr. Henricks holds a Ph.D. and Masters from Miami University of Ohio, a Master's in Business Administration from Marquette University and received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College.

Sincerely,

AllHealth Network Board of Directors

 

The Villager: AllHealth assists with mental health in Arapahoe and Douglas counties

NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties is a local Colorado affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and a true partner to AllHealth Network. Their mission is to provide education, support, and advocacy for people whose lives are impacted by mental illness. They help families and individuals with their mental health goals including support and recovery.

NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties provides support for AllHealth Network clients in many ways, including consistently scheduled Family and Connection Recovery support groups at various AllHealth Network locations. Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness.

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AllHealth Network Receives $100,000 Premier Incentive Grant to Strengthen Endowment

Author: Kayla Arnesen, 720.708.9749 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Original Article: Community First Foundation Website

ARVADA, CO (January 19, 2017) – AllHealth Network recently took significant steps to secure its future with an endowment-building 2016 Premier Incentive Grant! AllHealth Network, a behavioral health community center, received the $100,000 grant from Community First Foundation in December 2016 after making $1 million in new contributions to its existing endowment fund.

An estate distribution from the Bate Family Trust provided AllHealth Network with its single largest donation in its 61-year history. The organization’s board of directors decided to endow these funds to secure their ability to serve the community for years to come. Funds generated by the endowment will go toward low cost, affordable housing along with services and affiliated programs for people struggling with their mental health.

“By endowing the Bate Family Trust’s generous gift, we will ensure persons diagnosed with schizophrenia will be served with compassionate, clinical care as offered by AllHealth Network for many years to come,” said John Phillips, Chairman of the AllHealth Network Board of Directors. “We are thankful to Community First Foundation for stewarding these funds and strengthening our commitment to endowment building with their Incentive Grant program.”

AllHealth Network provides behavioral health care to more than 17,000 children, adults, families and couples in 10 unique settings. Services include counseling, psychiatry, crisis services, substance abuse treatment, vocational and social rehabilitation, an adult acute treatment unit and an on-site pharmacy.

Finding innovative and collaborative ways to strengthen nonprofits is a top strategic priority at Community First Foundation. Incentive Grants are available exclusively to Nonprofit Endowment Partners. The 2016 Premier Incentive Grant offered a $100,000 grant after $1 million or more in new contributions were made to an existing endowment fund. The Foundation also offered the 2016 Incentive Grant for contributions up to $40,000. Learn more about Community First Foundation's Incentive Grant Program

Community First Foundation Website

Self-Care in the Wake of Local Tragedies

As we move past the Thanksgiving Holiday and enter the month of December, the expectation is that we begin to prepare for more good times with family and friends during what is supposed to be a season of peace and joy. We begin to prepare for the holidays that best match our family values and cultural beliefs and we are hopeful for the future as we think of New Year’s resolutions.

This year, for many of us, our holiday spirit has been shaken by tragic events that have impacted our community. Just recently, State Trooper Cody Donahue was hit and killed on our local highway and a mother and her two young sons were found dead after being reported missing. We ask ourselves how such tragedy could happen in our own backyard. We wonder about the whys and the story behind the tragic news. Many of the questions often go unanswered and leave us just hoping that such events don’t repeat themselves.

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Senator Linda Newell Recognized for Behavioral Health Advocacy

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 2016 Behavioral Health Champion Backsplash

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.

Overdose Awareness Day - August 31

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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.

Zero-Suicide Storify Summary

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In case you were wondering how Colorado’s Zero Suicide Academy went these past two days, you can get a quick summary by reviewing the live tweeting stream here: https://storify.com/sspencerthomas/history-in-the-making-zerosuicide-academy-in-color

Super success!  A huge shout out to our AllHealth Network team members who attended this two-day academy: Emily Fine, Jessie Nelson, Stephanie Asch and Barb Becker.

Thank you Community Reach for hosting!

Colorado rocks.

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