Behavioral Health

Tri-County Health Network has worked to improve the behavioral wellness of our community since our founding.  Through community outreach, education, and providing direct behavioral health services, we work to improve overall community health and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

Mental illness is common—it is estimated that one in five adults will experience a mental illness or disorder during their lifetime.  This fact, coupled with a shortage of trained mental health professionals in our region, often means that community members do not receive care, or that care occurs months or years after the individual first experiences the symptoms of a developing mental health disorder.

In 2014, with support from San Miguel County Social Services Department, TCHNetwork and the Telluride Foundation undertook a comprehensive review of local behavioral health concerns in our region including access to care, availability of resources, and the needs of our local population.  This comprehensive work included surveys, interviews with key stakeholders, and a review of current “best practices” in providing behavioral health services to rural communities. TCHNetwork created the San Miguel Regional Behavioral Health Strategic Plan that focused on five initiatives to improve the behavioral health outcomes for area residents.

Programs

Mental Health First Aid

Tri-County Health Network provides free training to community members in Mental Health First Aid, both Adult and Youth courses. The course provides community members with the tools to assist individuals who may be developing a mental health disorder or are in crisis get the help that they need. Trainings are offered periodically in our region. If you would like to attend a training or are interested in hosting a training at your worksite, please contact Tri-County Health Network at 970-708-7096.

Teletherapy Services in Area Schools

Tri-County Health Network has responded to the shortage of mental health professionals in area schools by developing a teletherapy platform in local schools to deliver services to students through video conferencing technology.  This program allows students to access services from a wider range of behavioral health providers to support their social and emotional development. This program is currently in the Telluride School District, the Norwood School District and the Nucla School District.

Communities that Care Coalition

Tri-County Health Network has taken the lead to establish a Communities that Care Coalition in the Telluride area to work to address substance use by our youth. Funding for this coalition is provided through a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. To obtain more information about this coalition, please contact Paul Reich at Tri-County Health Network 970-708-7096.

Integration

Tri-County Health Network has provided technical support to area clinics that seek to integrate behavioral health into their practice.  Integration of Mental and Behavioral Health services into primary care reduces barriers and increases access to care for individuals suffering from a mental health disorder.

Regional Behavioral Health Commission

A primary goal of the Strategic Plan was to create a Regional Behavioral Health Commission tasked with ensuring that efforts in the behavioral health area were coordinated and effective.  Funding for the Regional Behavioral Health Commission is provided, in part, by the Town of Telluride, Town of Mountain Village, and San Miguel County. Membership today includes representatives from key stakeholders in the community including:

Telluride Medical Center

John Gardner, Executive Director

Uncompahgre Medical Center

Scott Bookman, Executive Director

Center for Mental Health

Shelly Spalding, CEO

Telluride School District

Mike Gass, Superintendent

San Miguel County Social Services

Carol Freidrich, Director

Telluride Marshal

Jim Kolar, Marshal

San Miguel Resource Center

Executive Director

Tri-County Health Network

Lynn Borup, Executive Director


Do you have a mental health emergency?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-TALK (8255) 

Colorado Crisis Services:  844-493-8255 or Text “Talk” to 38255 

Crisis Text Line Text “HOME” to  741741 

San Miguel Resource Center: 1-844-816-3915 

Veteran Crisis Text Line:  1-800-273-8255 or Text 838255 

Trevor Project Crisis Line (LGBTQ Youth):  866-488-7386 or Text  “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200