SummitStone’s “Garcia House” fills crucial behavioral health treatment need in Larimer County.
Fort Collins, Colo.— SummitStone Health Partners announces the grand opening of Garcia House, A Circle Program by SummitStone. Garcia House is named in honor of one of Larimer County’s most stalwart Substance Use Disorder (SUD) champions, Fred Garcia. It is one of only three Circle Programs within the State of Colorado.
Garcia House provides residential treatment for up to 16 residents who are working through co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (SUD), bringing our community one step closer to achieving the vision of providing a full continuum of care for adult SUD services within Northern Colorado. Length of stay will be determined by medical necessity and may be up to 90 days, with intensive support following discharge.
“I am extremely proud for SummitStone to be able to bring this milestone program to the entire recovery community,” said Michael Allen, SummitStone CEO. “Garcia House offers the promise of evidence-based practices in a warm, supportive, home-like environment to help our highest needs patients begin their journey of recovery.”
Colorado’s Circle Programs, with guidance and funding from the Department of Human Services, provide Medically Monitored Residential Substance Use Treatment level of care for individuals with co-occurring mental health diagnoses. This is the highest level of care available short of hospitalization.
"We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of the third Circle Program in our state," said Robert Werthwein, director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health. "Expanding this proven treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders will help more Coloradans recover and thrive."
Garcia House is located at 1008 Patton Street, Fort Collins, CO and can be reached by calling (970) 494-5729.
About Fred Garcia: Garcia House is named in honor of Fred W. Garcia, who has dedicated his career to ending the stigma surrounding addiction as an advocate, and by promoting policy improvements and changes at the local, state and federal levels. He has more than 40 years of experience in chemical dependency and mental health treatment and prevention. He has served as chief programs officer for the state alcohol and drug authorities in both Colorado and Washington state. Mr. Garcia was appointed by President Bill Clinton and approved by the U.S. Senate to serve as Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He also served under Attorney General Janet Reno as a liaison between the drug treatment system and law enforcement. He joined the SummitStone Health Partners board of directors in 2013 and is a founding member of Larimer Latinos.
About SummitStone Health Partners: SummitStone Health Partners is the not-for-profit behavioral health provider for Northern Colorado and Larimer County. Since 1957, SummitStone’s mission has been to provide unsurpassed mental health and substance use prevention, intervention and treatment services. SummitStone now serves more than 10,000 community members across Larimer County annually, which includes a Behavioral Health Urgent Care and Crisis Stabilization Unit located at 1217 Riverside Ave. in Fort Collins.