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Two significant steps were reached today in the development of the voter-approved Larimer County Behavioral Health Initiative.

Through a competitive process, SummitStone Health Partners, https://www.summitstonehealth.org/ in a collaboration with UCHealth https://www.uchealth.org/, was approved by the Board of Larimer County Commissioners at their regular Administrative Matters meeting today to provide a continuum of behavioral health treatment and crisis services at the new facility.

Long recognized for their experience, SummitStone has been providing exceptional behavioral health, prevention, intervention, and treatment services in the Northern Colorado region for over 60 years.

SummitStone provides more than 50 different services to over 10,000 people per year, is dedicated to treating mental health and addiction treatment services for people of all ages.

The new facility will offer six levels of service, including medical triage thorough assessment by professionals experienced in mental illness, and substance disorder diagnoses.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to expand behavioral health services in our community,” said SummitStone CEO Michael Allen. “We look forward to collaborating with the county and UCHealth to provide these services in an innovative way. We can’t wait to get started coordinating and collaborating with a wide range of community partners and stakeholders to help close gaps in behavioral healthcare here in Larimer County.”

An additional suite of services will also be accessible: social detox, medically monitored levels of detox, ambulatory medication-assisted treatment, crisis stabilization, and short-term residential treatment.

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners today also allocated $1 Million in 2019 from the first seven months of voter-approved tax revenue collected to be distributed to enhance and expand community services.

“Larimer County citizens pledged their own tax dollars to fund local solutions and services to face and address mental health care in our community,” said Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson.

The Behavioral Health Policy Council unanimously voted to fund several community partners and their programs with this inaugural revenue to boost community outreach, totaling $845,000. The remaining $155,000 will be offered through an Open Community Grant Cycle in August 2019. For more information on upcoming grant opportunities, visit http://larimer.org/behavioralhealth.

The organizations are:

  • Poudre School District, Mental Health Education, $100,000
  • Thompson School District, Universal Social-Emotional Learning Project, $100,000
  • Estes Park School District, Social-Emotional Learning Program, $100,000
  • Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Expansion for four program areas, $100,000
  • Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Mental Health Mind Matters exhibit, $250,000
  • Sunrise Community Health Clinic/Northern Colorado Health Alliance, Increased access to behavioral health services in southern Larimer County, $55,000
  • Salud Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers, Training for Trauma Informed Care, Fort Collins and Estes Park, $60,000
  • ECCLC/LEAP Coalition, $25,000
  • Healing Warriors Program, Trauma Recovery Support Programming, $25,000
  • Harvest Farms, Peer Leadership Program, $25,000
  • GrandFamily Coalition, Organizational Capacity Building, $5,000


“I want to thank the Commissioners for their leadership getting us to this point. I am pleased to be a part of this in supporting all our efforts, and also want to thank the Technical Advisory Committee for all their work, too,” said Nick Christensen, Behavioral Health Policy Council at-large member.

The funding distribution correlates to the four priority areas of suicide prevention, mental health and substance use disorder programming, community engagement and stigma reduction, and innovation. These areas are identified by the Behavioral Health Policy Council and Technical Advisory Committee for community partner selection.

Published on: 
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 12:54pm
Contact Details:

Laurie Stolen, Behavioral Health Services Director, [970] 498-7126, stolenle@larimer.org

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