CDHS to reopen Circle Program in Pueblo

DENVER (Oct. 12, 2018) — The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Office of Behavioral Health has announced the reopening of the Circle Program providing comprehensive treatment to adults ages 18-65 with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. The medically based, high-intensity treatment program will open on Oct. 15 and will be run by Crossroads Turning Points Inc. — one of Colorado’s largest evidence-based substance use disorder treatment providers within the Signal Behavioral Health Network.

The Circle Program had been temporarily closed while CDHS worked with the legislature, community leaders, and stakeholders to relocate the $2 million-per-year program from the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) into the community. This move will build more flexibility into how the program is administered. For example, when the Program reopens on Monday, patients will not be required to have inpatient hospital status in order to access treatment as was the case when the program was housed at CMHIP. 

“We are pleased to be moving the Circle Program to a community-based model, which will provide long-term stability for the program as well as the opportunity to maximize other funding sources,” said Robert Werthwein, director of CDHS’s Office of Behavioral Health. “Signal Behavioral Health and Crossroads Turning Points have been phenomenal partners. I want to thank them for their hard work helping to find a suitable location for this much-needed treatment.”

The Circle Program has a proven track record of successfully treating mental health, substance use, and addressing criminogenic needs with nearly 80 percent of patients completing the full 90-day program. The treatment philosophy is to involve the patient in a comprehensive approach to recovery.

The Circle Program will have a total of 16 beds and is located at 1711 E. Evans Avenue in Pueblo. Anyone wishing to apply to be in the Circle Program can request an application by phone or by email at 719.543.8751 or circle-referral@crossroadstp.org.