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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.

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

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.

First Episode 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 

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.