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Dear Summit County Mental Health Provider Community,


Hope this message finds you well and thriving in the beautiful weather we’re having.


Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 15th, 6-8:30pm for our next Provider Mixer at HighSide Brewing in Frisco! Get excited to spend time conversing, catching up and mingling with your fellow mental health provider community members, and enjoy free dinner and two free drinks!


Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-hope-provider-mixer-june-2022-tickets-344395023787



Building Hope is partnering with Mile High Psychiatry to provide telehealth psychiatric services through our mental health scholarship program. If you have clients that require psychiatric services and are struggling to connect, please be aware that milehighpsychiatry.com/ is available through several insurance options AND medicaid!



Community Coalition Meeting for Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Are you passionate about mental health advocacy and suicide prevention for youth in Summit County, Colorado? Join our action based coalition to get involved!
Wed, May 25, 2022 — 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM MDT

Medical Office Building — Miners Creek Room
360 Peak One Dr.
Frisco, CO 80443

Questions? Email Heather Gard: hgard99@gmail.com or Amanda Merriman: merralou@gmail.com

Register here



I Matter is extended till June 30th, 2023!


Excellent news for adolescents in Colorado! I Matter provides 6 sessions of counseling and is great to combine with our scholarship program! The I matter program has been extended at the state level and will continue into mid next year at least. For more information, please visit https://imattercolorado.org/.

To credential, here is a direct contact at Signal that manages paneling with the I Matter program: Angela Manley <amanley@signalbhn.org>



Sign up for Behavioral Health Provider Focus Groups

HCPF has recently partnered with APG (Arrow Performance Group) to engage with stakeholders in creating solutions that improve provider navigation of Colorado’s Medicaid Program (Health First CO). The main goal is to address recent behavioral health provider complaints, establish a mutual understanding of issues and opportunities, and build collaborative communication and stronger relationships. The focus groups will be opportunities for behavioral health providers to give feedback to help improve collaboration with HCPF and Regional Accountable Entities (RAEs).


A virtual focus group will be held on Wed, May 25th, from 12-2pm. Register here.

If you are interested in providing input but are not available to participate in one of the focus groups, APG will also distribute a survey to all independent behavioral health providers at the end of May. It is so important that the experiences and perspectives of independent behavioral health providers are captured as a part of this feedback process. So, we encourage you to participate in a focus group and in the survey so that your voice can be heard.

If you have questions about registering, please contact Allison Faeder at allison@arrowperformancegroup.com.



New support group offerings:


Ukrainian Support Group, please contact Nichole Hart for details: nichole@hartcounselingservices.com. Flyer attached.


50+ Community Connection Group, please contact Jane Ambro for details: janeambro@grittherapy.com. Fyler attached.


Seeking Safety: men and women’s group, please contact Andrea Brown for details: SlopesideCounselingLLC@gmail.com. Flyer attached.


Therapeutic Gardening Group, please contact Kristen Greenwald for details: kgreenwaldlcsw@gmail.com. Flyer attached.



Monthly Provider Zoom Meeting:

Building Hope is hosting a monthly zoom session for our providers to get together for a quick hour of sharing news and networking. These will take place the 1st Wednesday of every month from 8-9am.


Please email Kellyn if you are not already on the calendar invite.



Project Healing Waters


We’ve recently partnered with Proj Healing Waters which provides physical and emotional
rehabilitation to disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.


If you have any clients that fit this criteria and are interested in participating in these excellent free activities, please reach out to Chris Benson: chris.co.alpine@gmail.com.



LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah


We recently came across this incredible organization through a KAF (Katz Amsterdam Fdn) partner’s recommendation and love the work they are doing. There will be continuous incredible training opportunities available to be on the lookout for. Check out this awesome upcoming Zoom training:


“We Were Humans Until”

Mr. Co-Cke will share a history of Native American LGBT-2spirit People and their culture. You will take a journey back in time to see the faces and hear their stories, and learn how their gifts were essential to the health and wellbeing  of the tribe.  Native Americans are bringing back our culture to benefit native and non native people.  Mr. Co-Cke is Oklahomans for Equality’s 2017 recipient of the Community Hero Award for his efforts to educate society about Two Spirit people.

When: Thu, 6/16/22, 8:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Location: ZOOM

Register here (free without CEUs, $5 for CEU)



Medicaid Behavioral Health “Office Hours”

Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP) is pleased to invite you to our Regional Accountable Entity (RAE, Region #1) Behavioral Health Office Hours. RMHP will be sharing important billing updates, policy and procedure updates, and open the floor to address your questions and concerns in a collaborative manner.

Upcoming Zoom dates:

Wednesday, June 29th, 12:00PM – 1:00PM: Register Here

Wednesday, September 28th 12:00PM – 1:00PM: Register Here

Wednesday, December 7th 12:00PM – 1:00PM: Register Here


For behavioral health provider questions, concerns, issues: please contact Chasity.Edwards@rmhp.org. You can cc Meg-Taylor@uhc.com OR email her directly as a point of escalation.


Funds available for professional development to support addictions counseling credentialing:


Funds are available through the nicotine tax to support addictions counseling credentials and to staff support groups and one on one counseling. This can help someone become a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS), or a Certified Addictions Specialist (CAS), etc. For more information, please contact: Becky Peltier, Health Promotion and Prevention Specialist @ Summit County Youth & FamilyBecky.peltier@summitcountyco.gov, (970) 668-9184



Every Kids Sports is a national organization available to youth ages 8 to 18 to help families pay for sport registration costs. This organization will provide families $150 three times a year/child. To be eligible the child/family needs to be enrolled in SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, or in Foster Care. In order find them in Unite Us, go to the My Network Tab, expand your search radius to be able to see them as they only have two location pins in Colorado. The Service Type that you need to search for to refer a family to them are: Sports & Recreation and Social Enrichment.



Colorado 211 Hotline: A confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state. https://www.211colorado.org/.Dial (866) 760-6489, Press 8 for English

  • Childcare resources/referrals
  • Pregnant women / new moms / children with special needs
  • SNAP food benefits application
  • Mental Health Crisis for CO Crisis Services
  • Behavioral Health Resources
  • All other needs


Potential office space openings:

We are working with several community members that are buying or renovating office spaces that can potentially be used by our community mental health providers in private practice. Each of these are in a different stage of development and availability. Please email me with your interest and I will share the relevant opportunities.




As always, thank you for everything that you do! We are proud to partner with such a terrific community of providers and look forward to continuing being of support in any way that we can.