The Center for Mental Health announces it has purchased and intends to renovate into a crisis clinic the property located at the corner of Cascade and South 2nd Street in Montrose. When completed, this building will be open and available 24 hours a day for those experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The crisis clinic will include the capability for around-the-clock walk-in accessibility for crisis assessment and stabilization and will serve as a resource to dispatch mobile crisis response teams across the 10,000 square miles making up the six counties of Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
The crisis clinic will help answer the desperate need for those requiring crisis stabilization or a safe place to be. It will be the only such resource serving the region. The building itself has 3,300 square feet with renovation drawings just beginning. All ages of individuals will be welcome at the clinic.
It is important to the Center for Mental Health that those experiencing a behavioral health crisis have the opportunity to remain in their communities and near their families and loved ones. This will be an advantage that has not been available before. Details for the facility are still being worked out; however, this will be a one-of-a-kind regional resource for those needing this type of care. The Center for Mental Health is excited to make this crisis clinic available to all those who need it.
This project has been years coming to fruition and includes efforts by Jon Gordon, Mary Gnandt, Tom Canfield and Doug Phillips as part of suicide prevention, Shelly Spalding, Robin Slater and countless others. It is being implemented at this time partially because of Senate Bill 17-207 which was meant to, according to the "strengthen Colorado's statewide response to behavioral health crises ..." essentially, eliminating the use of jails as an option for holding people who have not been charged with a crime and were experiencing a mental health emergency. Senate Bill 17-207 was, in part, the result of work and recommendations by the Governor's Mental Health Hold Task Force. Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee was involved with that task force. The sheriff is a former board member of the Center for Mental Health.
The design of the crisis clinic is based on identified needs with input from community leaders. The Center for Mental Health has met with and will continue to meet with community stakeholders to finalize details for the clinic and the services to be offered there. Although the crisis clinic is the hub, this is a regional solution that helps meet the needs of individuals and communities. With a goal to bring all stakeholders into the project, representatives from law enforcement from each county, the three hospitals in the region, human services and first responders have been a part of the first meeting regarding the project.
The renovation is expected to be completed by early 2018.
As a reminder, if you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 970-252-6220, anytime day or night.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.