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Gunnison Valley Health Behavioral Health Initiatives

The Gunnison Valley Health Foundation secures funding for several behavioral health initiatives in our healthcare system. The intended outcomes are to...

  1. Increase access to mental and behavioral healthcare
  2. Reduce mental and behavioral health related hospitalizations
  3. Provide professional care and support for recovery from mental and behavioral health challenges

Peer Support Specialist Program

The Gunnison Valley Health Peer Support Specialist Program improves community care for behavioral health clients and creates a calm environment of trust and safety for hospital patients experiencing behavioral health complications. The Peer Support Specialist (PSS) is a person who has had a mental health experience who uses their recovery experiences as a means to help others diagnosed with a mental illness find their own recovery process. The Peer Support Specialist provides the first line of support for people experiencing a crisis in the community as well as providing a helpful role for patients being discharged from the Emergency Room and in need of long term services.

Gunnison Valley Health’s approach has always been to listen and respond to the needs of the community we serve, and to be responsive to social determinants. To support individuals who have substance use disorders, as well as mental health issues, requires a unique approach due to the high recidivism within this population. An alternative to inpatient hospitalization, peer crisis services are operated by Peer Support Specialists (PSS), people who have personal experience with a mental illness. PSS complement the hospital’s multidisciplinary treatment team approach by providing lived experience and client-oriented insight. Fulfilling a unique services gap, this approach assists patients in their stabilization and recovery by providing reassurance, guidance, information, and encouragement.

For more information contact Gunnison Valley Health Peer Support Specialists:

  • Joe (Monday to Thursday) at 970-596-8182
  • Barbara (Friday to Sunday) at 970-596-0127

Additional mental health contacts include:

  • Emergency – call 911
  • Crisis hotline 970-252-6220 or 1-844-493-TALK (8255)

Mental Health Center

Gunnison Valley Health partners with the Center for Mental Health to provide a new model of care to better address the behavioral health need of Gunnison Valley residents. Are you feeling sad, stressed, lonely, or hopeless? Are you using substances, struggling to make lifestyle changes, or having a hard time adjusting to change? Those behavioral health considerations can affect an individual’s physical health. Likewise, chronic illness and pain can affect an individual’s mental health. By coordinating care, our talented clinical staff can offer integrated services to address a broader spectrum of care considerations. Specific services provided by our Licensed Professional Counselor include individual therapy, behavioral change assessment and planning, intakes for psychiatric care, education and support groups, suicide prevention, and integrated services with multiple agencies.