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Resources for the community

We’re better together. Axis Health System offers outreach programs to improve the health of the whole community.


Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches community members how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. Learn how to apply an action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing the following: panic attacks, suicidal thoughts or behaviors, self-injury that's not a suicide attempt, acute psychosis (e.g. hallucinations or delusions), overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use, and reaction to a traumatic event. To request a training or to find out when the next scheduled training is available, email

Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) of Southwest Colorado

Since 2003, we have partnered with local law enforcement to teach officers the skills needed to prevent and de-escalate behavioral health crisis situations in the community. This is an annual five-day training that includes extensive role-playing intended to prepare officers for a broad variety of complex situations in the field. The goal is to increase officers' awareness of behavioral health issues, learn de-escalation and assessment skills and avoid unnecessary arrests by learning when to bring community members in for behavioral healthcare. These efforts increase safety for officers and the community. To learn more, call 970.335.2223

Specialized Programs

Jail-Based Behavioral Health Services

Our Jail-Based Behavioral Health Services (JBBHS) support county sheriffs in providing screenings, assessments and treatment for substance use disorders to people who are in jail. JBBHS provides behavioral healthcare to inmates and supports continuity of care within the community after release from incarceration. The goals of JBBHS are shorter jail sentences, decreased recidivism and successful linkage to community-based services. To learn more, call 970.335.2237.

Jail Transitions Program

The Jail Transition program is designed to support patient’s successful transition back into the community and to outpatient mental health care. Patients can be referred while in a detention center for screening. Patients who have an identified mental health condition and voluntarily want to participate in the program will be enrolled for up to for up to 3 months after incarceration. Intensive case management, therapy, family therapy and engagement efforts to support a successful transition back into the community.

First Episode of Psychosis Program

First Episode of Psychosis (FEP) serves Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan and Dolores counties. The program benefits youth and young adults ages 15-29 who have experienced an onset of psychotic spectrum illness within the past 24 months. 

Family members or friends may not know that their loved one is experiencing psychosis. There could be signs and symptoms that seem like a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), substance use, or intellectual disabilities, including:

  • Hallucinations (seeing, hearing feeling or tasting things that other people don't)
  • Feeling overwhelmed by sensory information (lights seem too bright, noises too loud)
  • Difficulty filtering stimulation from the environment
  • Delusions (false personal beliefs based on incorrect inferences about reality which are inconsistent with culture and previous beliefs, and which are firmly sustained in spite of evidence or proof to the contrary)
  • Confused thinking or speech
  • Difficulty doing ordinary things (often includes problems with memory, attention, putting thoughts together)

Family members may be feeling overwhelmed, so the team support is very helpful for early intervention. Once screened and approved for the program, they can receive wraparound services that include therapy, family support and psycho-education, psychiatry, case management, vocational/educational support and peer support. Call 970.259.2162 for an initial assessment. To learn more about psychosis, visit 

Senior Reach

This program for La Plata County residents offers support for the well-being, independence and dignity of older adults, including: short-term counseling, connection and referral to resources, depression screening and short-term treatment, and support and education for family members regarding Alzheimer's/dementia. To become a community partner or to access Senior Reach services, call 970.335.2217. 

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

ACT is an intensive, long term program designed for patients with a history of multiple psychiatric hospitalizations, risk for additional hospitalizations and a mental illness that causes significant impairment in activities of daily living. The program provides team based care with a low patient to staff ratio and a high level of community based interventions. The treatment team consists of a designated psychiatrist, nurse, therapist, case manager and peer specialist.

Evidence Based Programs (EBP)

Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT)

The IDDT program is an EBP designed to improve the functioning of patients who have both an identified mental health disorder and substance use. Patients in the IDDT program will be assigned a treatment team who will coordinate services, which may include, but not limited to, individual mental health and substance use therapy, group therapy, case management, psychiatry, vocational services and family education/support. Treatment and group recommendations are based on the patient’s stage of change. If IDDT is not recommended in the diagnostic evaluation, the therapist completing the diagnostic evaluation, or the current therapist will consider patient requests for IDDT on a case-by-case basis and, with the patient, decide if IDDT services will be provided. 

Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)

CAMS is an EBP suicide-specific clinical intervention to effectively assess, treat, and manage suicidal patients. It is a helps reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors and is used to improve outcomes for at-risk patients.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT is an EBP designed to improve the functioning of patients through the development of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal skills. AHS will offer patients the opportunity to engage in the DBT program when recommended in the diagnostic assessment and agreed to or requested by the patient. AHS offers a 24-week adult program, 16-week adolescent program and a 16-week family program. To participate, clinicians request commitment for the full length of the program.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

The TF-CBT program is an EBP designed to improve functioning of children and adolescents who have experienced trauma by developing coping and calming skills and processing of the trauma event(s). If TF-CBT is not recommended in the diagnostic evaluation, the therapist completing the diagnostic evaluation, or the current therapist will consider patient requests for TF-CBT on a case-by-case basis and, with the patient, decide if TF-CBT services will be provided. Clinical Staff acquires online training in TF-CBT through the Medical University of South Carolina and receive supervision to ensure fidelity to the model.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

The PCIT program is an EBP designed to improve the functioning of young children with emotional and behavioral disorders by improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. If PCIT is not recommended in the diagnostic evaluation, the therapist completing the diagnostic evaluation, or the current therapist, will consider patient requests for PCIT on a case-by-case basis and, with the patient, decide if PCIT services will be provided.





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