Consideration of the City of Delta's 2018 budget continued last week as council members weighed funding requests from All Points Transit, Partners and the Center for Mental Health. The city previously approved $50,000 for Delta County Economic Development, $3,000 for the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce, $1,000 for HopeWest and funding for fireworks, grad night, Boy Scout flags and the health fair.
Delta County Memorial Hospital has established a behavioral health program for both the hospital and its four primary care clinics.
Program director Becky Ela, a licensed clinical social worker, provided an update on the hospital's efforts at the Oct. 27 quarterly meeting of county and city officials at the Technical College of the Rockies.
The Center for Mental Health announces it has purchased and intends to renovate into a crisis clinic the property located at the corner of Cascade and South 2nd Street in Montrose. When completed, this building will be open and available 24 hours a day for those experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
Beds for psychiatric stabilization, with coordinated transport capacity, are a priority among the individuals and agencies tasked with addressing mental health needs in Delta County.
Law enforcement, health and human services, advocacy groups, mental health, the hospital, the school district and others have joined together to develop a collaborative approach to behavioral health care.
Improvements being planned to mental health care were the focus of the municipal quarterly meeting in Paonia.
Roger Sheffield, vice president of development for Mind Springs Health, detailed the company's $17.5 million fundraising plans for expansion of the West Springs Hospital in Grand Junction from 16 to 48 beds.
Last week saw a gathering of about 40 people representing entities that are working on the front lines of behavioral and mental health issues in Delta County. Law enforcement, health and human services, advocacy groups, mental health, the hospital, the school district and others all had a seat at the table to start discussion on how to integrate services to deal with complex, cross-system needs of those in our community dealing with mental and behavioral health issues.
Dealing with calls that involve mental health problems, a short-handed Cedaredge Police Department finds its resources being stretched, Police Chief Dan Sanders told the Cedaredge Town Board on Sept. 15.
"We [law enforcement] are mental health for Delta County," Sanders said as he detailed extensive time and manpower that is required to deal with calls involving mental health problems.
The Center for Mental Health welcomes Shelly Spalding as its new chief executive officer. Spalding replaces the retiring Jon Gordon who served the center for the past 20 years.
Spalding comes to the Center for Mental Health from Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (BHI), of Aurora where she served as the chief executive officer.
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