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Mental health therapy renovations are now underway

Renovations for the much needed mental health therapy rooms in Crested Butte are now underway, thanks to the generous support from the community, donors, Town of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte.

Gunnison Valley Health Foundation’s President Dr. John Tarr said it was humbling to witness our community and donors from outside the region come together to support mental health services in the north end of the valley.

“Suicide rates in western mountain states are high and our valley has been devastated by the loss of our friends and loved ones,” said Dr. Tarr.

“Partnering with the Center for Mental Health will enhance and bring more counseling and mental health services to the Crested Butte community.”

“We are fortunate that these additional services will complement our existing local independent mental health practitioners who have been servicing the area for years,” he said.

Center for Mental Health Regional Director for Gunnison Hinsdale Counties Kimberly Behounek said they are incredibly grateful to be able to bring behavioral health services to Crested Butte augmenting what already exists.

“Center for Mental Health has desired for years to have an office location in Crested Butte. The partnership with Gunnison Valley Health has made it possible,” said Mrs. Behounek.

“Center for Mental Health is offering peer support services, counseling, and medication management. A recovery group is already being offered by the peer every Thursday at noon at 601 Elk Avenue in Crested Butte,” she said.

Dr. Tarr said that delivering on our goal not only provides much needed care to those in need, it demonstrates the compassion and kindness within our tight knit community.

“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the entire community including the Town of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte for coming together to make this happen.”

Dr. Tarr also wanted to personally recognize the efforts of Paul Uhl and the financial contribution from the Katz Amsterdam Charitable Trust to this worthy cause.

“Paul’s tireless efforts in raising awareness about mental health after recently losing his son have been overwhelming, and we are truly thankful for his passion and continued support,” he said.

“Additionally, thank you to Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife, Elana Amsterdam for recognizing the importance of these services in our community and, assisting us to address it.

“Our valley has come together in a time of need and we are so grateful for the continued support to bring additional mental health services to our local community,” said Dr. Tarr.

Executive Director of the Katz Amsterdam Charitable Trust Beth Ganz said that helping to ensure access to care for those in need is one of the core areas of focus for their foundation.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Gunnison Valley Health Foundation and Center for Mental Health to help create the space for much needed mental and behavioral health services in Crested Butte,” she said.

The three therapy rooms in the Ore Bucket building are expected to be completed by the end of April.

For more information, please contact:

Kylie Murgatroyd, Director of Marketing on 970-642-8417

Tammy Scott, Foundation Coordinator on 970-642-8406