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.
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, call 970.335.2223.
Crisis Intervention Teams 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.
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.
Nursing facility screenings through PASRR
The Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) is a federal program that ensures all nursing facility applicants are thoroughly evaluated, placed in nursing facilities only when appropriate, and receive all necessary services while they are there. Axis Health System staff work with area nursing facilities to screen for evidence of serious mental illness or related conditions. To learn more, call 970.335.4350.
First Episode of Psychosis (FEP) Program
“First Episode of Psychosis” or the FEP program for Montezuma, La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan and Dolores Counties. The program benefits youth and young adults ages 15-29 that have experienced an onset of psychotic spectrum illness within the last 24 months. However, 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.
Similar to the ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) program which provides wrap-around care, this program is designed for patients who would otherwise be less than successful in traditional outpatient programming due to being diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness. Once screened and approved for the program, they can receive intense wrap-around services that include therapy, family psycho-education, psychiatry, case management, vocational/educational support, and peer support. Family members may be feeling overwhelmed so the team support is very helpful for early intervention. Ideally, a patient would be in this program for 2-3 years, then step down to a lower level of care. Call 970.259.2162 for more information. You can visit http://www.easacommunity.org/, the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) which provides information and support to young people experiencing symptoms of psychosis for the first time.