This new advisory group is made up of individuals interested in sharing their lived experience with mental health and substance use in order to provide guidance and insight as we work to improve access, quality, and mental health and substance use services/programs.  By learning from individuals who have experienced these disorders and accessed the services we seek to improve, we will be better informed to improve mental health and substance use systems in the County. 

The Transformational Advocacy Group (TAG):

  • Makes recommendations to the Behavioral Health Policy Council (BHPC) regarding the provision of behavioral health services in Larimer County
  • Provide advice on the development and implementation of programs in support of community behavioral health needs for all Larimer County residents

For 2021, the TAG will meet from 8:30-10:30 am on the third Monday of each month. For agendas and meeting minutes, see additional tabs.

January 25, 2021
February 8, 2021
March 8, 2021

January 25, 2021
February 8, 2021

Thank you for your interest in the Transformational Advocacy Group. Here are some details about serving as a member. If you would like to apply, please contact Ryan Barstow: 

Position Details: 

  • Compensation: $50 per meeting (Visa or MasterCard gift card).
  • Childcare from a licensed provider and food will be provided during in-person meetings
  • This position is not eligible for benefits. 
  • Members must have the ability to attend a monthly 2-hour meeting
  • Members must be able to maintain communication with staff between meetings 
  • Members must maintain the ability to travel independently throughout Larimer County. 
  • Meetings are tentatively scheduled for the 3rd Monday of the month. Dates/times are subject to change.


  • Experience with mental health and/or substance use disorders. This could be your own direct experience with a mental health disorder or using drugs, or a close family or friend’s experience that you have permission to share.
  • Individuals who have experience in mental health and/or substance use services in Larimer County are strongly encouraged to apply. 
  • Passion to improve their community and make the world a better place.
  • Special interest and ability to use creative ideas to help improve our response to addiction and mental health disorders. 
  • Ability and willingness to connect and partner with diverse members of the Larimer County.