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Grant funds integrated behavioral health care

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The Center for Mental Health, headquartered in Montrose, has been awarded $93,895 from The Denver Foundation's Colorado Health Access Fund to help advance efforts to integrate behavioral health care into primary care practices across the region. The award to the center was based on the rationale that the Center for Mental Health provides services to the most vulnerable and underserved populations in the region and that the Center for Mental Health is implementing a strong model of integration.

The award made it possible for the center to continue its existing integrated programs wherein therapists work as one member of a multi-disciplinary care team in the same location to treat the entire health needs of the individual. Existing locations where integrated care is being delivered and being funded by this grant include River Valley Family Health Center in Olathe where there are two full-time therapists providing team-based care and Uncompahgre Medical Center in Norwood where two therapists share a full-time position providing services under the same team-based approach.

A second objective of the funding is to create a new integrated program at the Basin Clinic in Naturita which would include a full-time therapist providing care under an integrated model working in concert with primary care providers at the clinic.

The center is hopeful that, through this grant funding and through its collaborative partnerships, many lives will be improved and that people who have not previously been screened or treated for behavioral health concerns will receive the care they need in a seamless and team-based approach in the comfortable and familiar environment of their doctor's office.

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