Health Update: COVID-19 Information
To our Colorado residents and friends,
We understand the growing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and its impact on public health, daily lives, and access to mental health and addiction recovery services. Colorado’s Community Mental Health Centers are committed to ensuring the continuity of essential services while also safeguarding the health of staff, clients, and communities. To provide support during this time, the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council would like to offer the following resources to you.
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- Community Mental Health Center Access & Information
- Trusted & Reliable Health Guidance from the State, CDC, and WHO
- Tips for Staying Mentally Healthy During Times of Stress
- Medicaid, Open Market Insurance, Unemployment, and Housing Information
- Provider Information: Ongoing Updates for Providing Care
Colorado’s 17 Community Mental Health Centers are dedicated to caring for all Coloradans regarding mental health and substance use disorder care.
ALL CENTERS ARE OPEN TO CARE FOR YOUR NEEDS AT THIS TIME.
With that said, many are utilizing telehealth (telephone or online appointments) for individual and group care and have posted any operational changes regarding hours of operation, 24/7 clinics, medication assisted therapy, and more which you can find through the information provided below:
AllHealth Network (Serving Douglas & Arapahoe Counties)
AspenPointe (Serving El Paso, Teller, and Park Counties)
Aurora Mental Health Center (Serving Adams and Arapahoe Counties)
Axis Health System (Serving Dolores, San Juan, Montezuma, La Plata, and Archuleta Counties)
Centennial Mental Health Center (Serving Logan, Sedgwick, Philips, Yuma, Washington, Morgan, Elbert, Lincoln, Kit Carson, and Cheyenne Counties)
Community Reach Center (Serving Adams County)
Health Solutions (Serving Pueblo Huerfano, and Los Animas Counties)
Jefferson Center for Mental Health (Serving Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek Counties)
Mental Health Center of Denver (Serving Denver County)
Mental Health Partners (Serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties)
Mind Springs Health (Serving Moffatt, Rio Blanco, Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Routt, and Summit Counties)
San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group (Serving Alamosa, Saguache, Mineral, Rio Grande, Conejos, and Costilla Counties)
Solvista Health (Serving Fremont, Custer, Chaffee, and Lake Counties)
Southeast Health Group (Serving Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers, and Baca Counties)
SummitStone Health Partners (Serving Larimer County)
The Center for Mental Health (Serving Gunnison, Delta, Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray, and Hinsdale Counties)
Your safety is our number one priority.
Below is information from reliable sources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, social distancing, when to seek professional help/testing, and more.
View the most up-to-date information from the state at: www.covid19.colorado.gov
Protecting Yourself and Others:
Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Guidelines from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Guidelines from the World Health Organization
When & How to Use a Mask
What to Do If You Think You are Sick:
Colorado Public Health and Executive Orders Explained
**This link explains such items as requests for social distancing, closures of specific businesses, requirements for business where individuals cannot work from home, and frequently asked questions.
In times of uncertainty, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.
The Colorado Community Mental Health Centers are here to help!
Below are some ideas and activities on how to take care of your mental health during this time.
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS, HELP IS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY.
Whatever you are going through, you don’t have to go through it alone.
COLORADO CRISIS HOTLINE: 1-844-493-8255
Or Text TALK to 38255
Reach out for free, confidential, professional, 24/7 support.
MANAGING STRESS & ANXIETY:
Knowledge is POWER! Please review the below links to create resiliency within yourself and share it with your loved ones.
Tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tips from the American Psychological Association
Tips from the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Easing the Stress of Working Remotely
Tips from Mental Health First Aid on Self-Care While Practicing Physical Distance
Peace During the Pandemic: This series, provided by Mind Springs Health offers free, daily Facebook live streams from sharing information on COVID, guided meditations, mindfulness and more. View the schedule HERE.
The state of Colorado is working hard to ensure that those effected by COVID-19 have all the necessary supports possible.
Below are resources to help guide you through the processes of applying for Medicaid, Medicare, and Unemployment. You can also find information on purchasing insurance through Connect for Health Colorado.
Apply Online: www.healthfirstcolorado.com
Apply by Phone: 1-800-221-3943 / State Relay:711
Apply by Mail: If you want to fill out a paper application and mail it in, print out one of the applications below. You can also drop it off at your county of residence’s local county office or at a local application assistance site.
**Download and Print Paper Applications
Apply In Person: Apply in person at your county of residence’s local county office or at a local application assistance site.
**Download and Print Paper Applications
We understand that it may be difficult to file for unemployment at this time, however, Governor Polis has put in place an Executive Order to direct $1 million in funding to “improve and expedite services available to individuals applying for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to promote the economic stability of the State.”
VISIT THIS SITE TO LEARN MORE & APPLY: www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/information-and-resources-coronavirus
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Because of the high volume of claims, we are asking that you help us help you and our greater community.
**If you need to file an unemployment claim and your last name begins with the letter A – M, file a claim on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, or after 12 noon on Saturday.
**If you need to file an unemployment claim and your last name begins with the letter N – Z, file a claim on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or before 12 noon on Saturday.
HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN MARKET ENROLLMENT:
Special Enrollment Period for Colorado’s Official Health Insurance Marketplace
*This site offers information for those who are looking for private health insurance. The enrollment period lasts from March 20 – April 3, 2020. Coloradans who are currently uninsured or about to lose coverage due to COVID-19 are able to purchase health insurance that starts April 1, 2020.
Purchase Health Insurance Here: https://connectforhealthco.com/
UPDATES FROM THE DIVISION OF HOUSING:
3-26-20 National Council COVID-19 Guidance for Behavioral Health Residential Facilities
3-24-20 Caring for Denver Foundation Announces Funding in Support of COVID-19 Community and Frontline Responders
3-24-20 Clozapine Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Update
3-22-20 Executive Order: Considers Healthcare Operations as Critical Operations
3-19-20 OBH Guidance Newsletter
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