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About us

Axis Health System has been a healthcare provider for over five decades, serving the five counties of Southwest Colorado.
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Axis Health System is a private, nonprofit healthcare organization established in 1960, providing healthcare to residents of Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, Dolores and San Juan counties. Axis Health System provides the care people need when they need it. 

A range of options for behavioral healthcare (including mental health and substance use treatment) is offered at this location:

Brief psychiatric stabilization, short-term detoxification and a regional crisis response is available at this location:

Since 2006, Axis Health System has been a leader in developing and offering integrated care, which blends mental health, substance use, primary care and oral healthcare and referrals at the following locations:

Our Mission

Axis Health System will make a meaningful difference in the health of Southwest Colorado residents by integrating all aspects of healthcare and treating the whole person.

Our Values

Making a meaningful difference

Supporting family, job and intimate relationships

Engaging all consumers and family members to the best of our ability

Patient and consumer partnership

Culture of change and intrapreneurship

Commitment to excellence

Our History

1960

Established Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center, Inc. as a 501(c)(3) organization providing healthcare.

1972

Received authorization to provide federally funded substance use treatment services.

1979

Expanded services as a comprehensive Community Mental Health Center.

1995

Formed West Slope Casa, LLC to serve as the Managed Service Organization for substance use services and to serve as the Medicaid mental health managed care entity for the 21 counties of the West Slope.

2003

Partnered with the Durango Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) to bring Crisis Intervention Team training to law enforcement in Southwest Colorado.

2006

Opened the first licensed Acute Treatment Unit in the State of Colorado, returning an emergency, inpatient, psychiatric resource to our region

2007

Participated in the opening of the School-Based Health Clinic at Durango High School.

2009

Rebranded Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center, Inc. as Axis Health System.

2011

Opened Cortez Integrated Healthcare in Cortez.

2014

Opened La Plata Integrated Healthcare in Durango as a federally funded Community Health Center.

2015

Received federally funded Community Health Center designation for Cortez Integrated Healthcare in Cortez.

2016

Received federally funded Community Health Center designation for Axis Health System Oral Health Clinic.

2016

Began construction of Archuleta Integrated Healthcare in Pagosa Springs.

2017

Expanded Axis Health System Oral Health Clinic with the move to a larger space at 2530 Colorado Ave. in Durango.

2017

Opened Archuleta Integrated Healthcare at 52 Village Drive in Pagosa Springs.

OUR MISSION
Axis Health System will make a meaningful difference in the health of Southwest Colorado residents by integrating all aspects of healthcare and treating the whole person.