On behalf of the members of the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC), we would like to congratulate Executive Director Chris Lindley and the team at Eagle Valley Behavioral Health for receiving full designation as a community mental health center (CMHC) in Colorado. This is truly a historic event as it has been over 40 years since the community mental health center system has welcomed a new partner.
“We are delighted that with this new CMHC we can continue to strengthen, and build upon, the community mental health center movement which has a rich history rooted in the mission of treating people with serious mental illness in their community of choice,” stated Doyle Forrestal, CEO of CBHC.
With a commitment to this mission, Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vail Health, has agreed to be held to the highest standards of care by both the state of Colorado and the federal government. This includes the ability to deliver a team-based approach and a full continuum of services to meet the varying needs of individuals and their families. Through a variety of treatments and services, CMHCs keep people successfully working, living and thriving close to home. CMHCs also play a pivotal role in community resilience during times of tragedy, responding for weeks, months, and years when a natural or man-made disaster strikes.
“In my 30 years as a behavioral health professional, I have never seen a greater demand for behavioral health services. The COVID pandemic has also triggered a behavioral pandemic. I am thrilled that Colorado’s network of community mental health centers, which have responded strongly and positively to unprecedented demand over the last 18 months, have a new partner and resource in serving the behavioral health needs of Coloradans,” said Bill Henricks, President & CEO of AllHealth Network, who also serves as the current President of the Board for CBHC. “I look forward to working closely with the team at Eagle Valley Behavioral Health to share in problem solving opportunities as we tackle some of the state’s biggest challenges, while also learning from a new partner.”