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