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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

Gunnison Valley Health is taking an active role in providing the leadership necessary to address these challenges and is taking a purposeful approach toward a more integrated service model that promises to provide meaningful results. GVH requests support from Gunnison County for start-up costs associated with the new GVH Behavioral Health Department.

The new GVH Behavioral Health Department includes the following:

  • Three mobile crisis clinicians have been hired to provide 24/7 coverage for immediate response in Gunnison County. Response time in the City of Gunnison will be 15 minutes via telephone and 30 minutes on scene.
  • Expansion of the Peer Support Specialist Program to include 4 peers that are available to provide services valley wide including at Western Colorado University. This program has been in place for over two years and peers are individuals with lived experience involving mental health and substance abuse challenges who offer immediate support and services 24/7 in the Emergency Room and the community.
  • Two clinicians (one social worker and one counselor) have been hired to provide therapy sessions, evaluations and consultation to medical staff at various locations within the health system including the outpatient family medicine clinic.
  • Recently, GVH was awarded the Jail Based Services contract by the Gunnison County Sheriff’s Office and services will include 20 hours/week of therapist time with inmates for individual sessions, group counseling, medication management and evaluations as needed.
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services are provided one day/week through a new partnership with the Front Range Clinic. This is a specialty clinic designed to treat substance abuse disorder through alternatives treatments.
  • M1 hold evaluations are currently conducted though contracts with Health One and the Center for Mental Health via telehealth from the Emergency Department.
  • A new agreement with the Gunnison Watershed School District has been developed to provide school based therapy services at the elementary school in Gunnison and the high school in Crested Butte.

Overall, the behavioral health department will operate as one team to provide integrated care within all services provided through the health system while providing a seamless transition of care at point of entry.

For more information on the Gunnison Valley Health Behavioral Health Department, click here.