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Published on April 05, 2010

University of Colorado Hospital Provides Funds for New Crisis Services System

Metro Crisis Services, Inc., Is Awarded $300,000 Grant

Metro Crisis Services has received a grant of $300,000 over three years from the University of Colorado Hospital.

The hospital’s grant will support the launch and expansion of a new mental health and substance abuse crisis services system for the seven counties of metro Denver.

Metro Crisis Services will
improve access to mental
health and substance abuse
services in the seven-county
Denver metro area by creating
a 24-hour, seven days a week,
365 days a year, community-
based crisis intervention
system.

Metro Crisis Services, a new non-profit organization, is the result of a multi-year, collaborative community planning effort that was jointly sponsored by several foundations and the metro-area hospital systems.

In the present economic crisis, community-based mental health and substance abuse services in the metro Denver region are being reduced because of public funding shortages.

Lacking access to treatment resources, people with mental health or substance abuse problems are often brought to emergency rooms or county jails.

Metro Crisis Services will provide alternatives for police and families, intervening before crises escalate to violence.

Metro Crisis Services will improve access to mental health and substance abuse services in the seven-county Denver Metro area by creating a 24-hour, seven-days a week, 365-days a year, community-based crisis intervention system.

When fully implemented, the crisis system will include:

  • Crisis Line, staffed by 24/7 by licensed mental health professionals
  • Web-based resource-matching and referral program
  • Walk-in clinics for 24/7 assessment and immediate treatment
  • Residential/inpatient rapid stabilization services.

University Hospital’s grant will help support the Crisis Line, which is also supported by a Justice Assistance Grant from the Colorado Department of Public Safety, a grant from the City of Golden, and three local foundations.

For more information about Metro Crisis Services, visit www.metrocrisisservices.org.

For More Information Contact:

Brooke Powers
720-208-2249
bpowers@mhacolorado.org