Accessing Mental Health Services
Accessing Mental Health Treatment through the Colorado Public Mental Health System
Colorado’s Public mental health system currently includes seventeen (17) community mental health centers (CMHCs), five (5) Behavioral Health Organizations (BHOs) and six (8) specialty clinics. The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) contracts with BHOs to provide medically necessary mental health services to Medicaid recipients. The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, contracts with community mental health centers to provide mental health services to non-Medicaid recipients, subject to available appropriations.
If you or someone close to you is in need of mental health treatment, contact the CMHC or BHO that serves the county in which the person needing services resides.
If you are uninsured and the CMHC that serves the county in which you reside is unable to provide services due to funding limitations, consider the following options:
- Do you have a primary care physician (PCP) who might be willing to evaluate and treat your mental illness?
- Do you have any family members or close friends who can provide financial assistance or who can assist you in accessing mental health treatment?
- Do you belong to a church, synagogue or other spiritual community where you might be able to seek counseling?
- If you recently moved to Colorado and were previously treated for a mental illness, can your previous provider continue to treat you long distance until you can locate services in your community?
- Some community health clinics are willing to provide limited psychiatric treatment to patients they serve. Examples: Metro Community Provider Networks (MCPN), (303) 761-1977, has clinics serving Arapahoe County, Jefferson County and the City of Aurora.
- Some communities have homeless service providers that provide mental health treatment to individuals who are homeless and have a mental illness.
- There are non-medical wellness tools that can HELP relieve and manage some psychiatric symptoms, such as those associated with depression (see “Wellness Tools”).
- There are many support groups for individuals with mental illnesses and family members.
- There are books about mental illnesses to help individuals experiencing psychiatric symptoms and/or family members.
- There are Patient Assistance Programs for some psychiatric medications.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a psychiatric crisis, call “911”. Getting to a hospital emergency room can be the quickest way to access crisis services.