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Dear Summit County Mental Health Providers,

You are invited to our Provider Mixer next week on Wednesday, Sept 14th, 6-8:30pm 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!


Our agenda is as follows:
Summit Wellness Hub Openhouse on 9/21 from 4-6pm at MOB

Dr. Amiee Sullivan’s upcoming bipolar training
Mile High Psychiatry,  Amber
Mile High Behavioral Health, Zane
Teens that hurt support group,  Joseph Antico
Wild Youth Passages, Kristen Greenwald
Letter to editor in support of Summit County teens, Dr. Jeff Mahler

Please register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-hope-provider-mixer-sept-2022-tickets-415516469947



Opening a Private Practice for Therapists & Wellness Professionals Webinar

Energize CO held a 6 week course with a focus on the basic business skills needed for mental health and wellness professionals to start a private practice/small business. This program was hosted for anyone across Colorado who has either been thinking about starting a private practice or would like to hone their business skills to bring in more customers, learn about pricing and marketing, insurance, and more!

All the course recordings are here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpVstj_4IoPyRHSAYWEjECi7EZVPk06om

You can find all the course materials here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-mvdwxm0FYsBpECxPDMPeyTul2S6xvyS?usp=sharing



Checking in on Unite Us

Unite Us is an excellent online platform for sharing community referrals. Please reach out if you are interested in using this platform to send/receive referrals in your practice or agency, and we will provide you a free license! 

If you have a Unite Us login but aren’t using it, or feel that it is not right for you, please don’t hesitate to let us know as we want to make sure our licenses are being utilized effectively.


Adventure Recovery

This is a great organization recently introduced to us which we’d like to share. Adventure Recovery (AR) provides professional individual and group guided outdoor activities and trainings for those seeking mentorship, adventure, personal transformation, and direction in mental health and recovery. They combine outdoor adventure guiding services with Recovery/ Life coaching enabling individuals or groups to navigate the external and internal wilderness.   We operate as a 100% a la carte wilderness outpatient service.


Attached are the overviews of their wonderful services!


Second Wind Fund

Building Hope is continuing to develop our partnership with thesecondwindfund.org in order to provide a longer term scholarship opportunity for high acuity children and adolescents. 2nd Wind Fund offers 12 sessions with a possible extension of 8 for a total of 20 sessions per child @ $90 per session. If that can be strung together with our own scholarship, and iMatter, that’s a significant opportunity for our kiddos!

Please reach out to Shelby Creech to get enrolled in 2nd Wind Fund’s scholarship network. Attached is a one-pager for more information.

iMatter also pays $130 per session, and those 6 sessions can be a great way for your client to access additional care!


Family First Independent Assessments with CO4KIDS


RMHP is expanding its network of licensed clinicians to conduct Independent Assessments for children and youth being considered for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP). 


Under Family First (FFPSA), if a county (DHS) or DYS thinks a youth would meet criteria to receive QRTP level of care, they would have to request that an Independent Assessment be conducted through their ASO. Assessments are conducted by a licensed mental health professional who contracts with RMHP and can have no prior relationship with the youth, county, or QRTP facility.


These clinicians are called Qualified Individuals (QIs). The QI has approximately 8 business days to complete a comprehensive psych-social assessment (25 if it is a DYS request). To date, nearly all assessments are conducted virtually, but we would like to build up our network of local assessors to be able to offer both in-person/virtual options to families.


The clinicians would be reimbursed at the rate of $1250 per assessment and would be able to accept referrals from any county in RMHP’s region as long as they do not have a conflict of interest. QI’s have reported that this is a nice way to round out their practice and be able to offer therapy as well as conduct assessments.


Here is more information on the program, and please reach out to Krista to apply. Attached is more information as well.


Wild Youth Passages starting a new cohort


WYP is an adventure-based therapy group for teens ages 13-18 looking to improve their mental health and build resiliency through activities such as rock climbing, ropes courses, hiking,  mountain biking, camping, and hut trips.


They are starting a new teen cohort and are looking for participants. Please find a flyer attached and contact Melissa Malter for more information.



Mindfulness Peer Recovery Groups

Recovery Resources is offering a Mindfulness Holistic Coaching Program for individuals in recovery and for those in substance use helping professions. These cohort-based groups will be offered by Kelsey Brasseur in an 8-week format. An offering is also available to those who work directly with substance use clients, so they can learn mindfulness practices for self-care and client support. Please reach out to Kelsey for more information.



BIPOC Toolkit


Mental Health America has released an amazing resource (as they do every year in July during BIPOC mental health awareness month) to help continue to expand access to mental health by highlighting diverse voices and sharing culture-specific information for BIPOC communities. This is part of their public education campaign dedicated to addressing the mental health needs of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

You can access the 2022 BIPOC toolkit (along with previous years’ toolkits) here. It is truly a deep and wonderful resource to develop further cultural competency and decolonize your mental health practice.


Colorado’s Behavioral Health Administration is here!


July 1st marked the launch of the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), which is designed to be the single entity responsible for driving coordination and collaboration across state agencies to address behavioral health needs. The Behavioral Health Administration will be housed under the Colorado Department of Human Services and led by the Behavioral Health Commissioner, Dr. Morgan Medlock, who will report directly to the Governor. Created during the 2022 legislative session by House Bill 1278, the new agency is charged with bringing transformational change to the state’s mental health system. To learn more, visit https://bha.colorado.gov/ or follow on social media at @BHAConnect.



September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide is a major public health concern and a leading cause of death in the United States.
Use the resources below to broaden the conversation and help educate your community about 
suicide prevention:


September is Recovery Awareness Month


September is National Recovery Month, an observance held every September since 1989 to promote substance use treatment and recovery practices, lift up the recovery community, and honor service providers and communities who support the recovery process.

Recovery Cards Project, Tough as a Mother, and OwnPath are all treatment and/or recovery services for all people in Colorado to use, free of charge. Together, we can recover.



Creative Art Contest

As part of November’s Homeless Youth Awareness Month campaign Unfolding Directions is inviting young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to share their creativity on the challenge of youth homelessness and how we can prevent and end youth homelessness. They are accepting creative expressions such as visual arts, photography, spoken word, poetry, or music until Sept 30th. The top four submissions will split a $600.00 prize. One piece of art will be selected to serve as this year’s campaign logo. Learn more about the art contest.





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