Mental health is an issue that impacts millions of Americans. In Boulder and Broomfield, the two counties are home to 360,000 residents, according to data from Mental Health Partners. Of those 360,000 residents, over 60,000 people have a form of mental illness, Mental Health Partners says.
Mental Health Partners opened a mental health clinic in Boulder in the early 1960s. The nonprofit has expanded to other locations, including Broomfield, Longmont and Lafayette.
The nonprofit has a group of therapists and team members who provide services that are personalized. Those services include assessment of level of care and services needed, financial planning, help coordinating between Mental Health Partners services and primary care providers, financial planning, benefit assistance, education and employment assistance, housing resources and therapy and addiction services.
Other services Mental Health Partners offers includes individual, group and family therapy, children, family and home-based services, medication assisted treatment, care coordination and management, older adults specialty care, psychiatric services and addiction recovery services. According to data from the American Addiction Centers (americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/addiction-statistics), 14.5 million American adults age 12 and older have an alcohol use disorder.
One innovative way Mental Health Partners is helping people with mental health issues is its 24/7 walk-in crisis center and addiction services facility, titled The Living Room. The Living Room, located at 3180 Airport Rd. in Boulder, is a communal space for individuals in crisis to regroup and rest in a welcoming and calm environment, Mental Health Partners says. The facility is based off of autonomy, respect, hope, empowerment, and social inclusion, according to Mental Health Partners.
The Living Room can hold up to ten people at time and has couches, recliners, chairs, a television, books and a view of the mountains. Services for people who are suffering from addiction or need to detox are also available at the Living Room.
When someone walks through the doors of The Living Room, they are assessed by a member of Mental Health Partners. The nonprofit specializes in de-escalation, crisis intervention, assessment and safety planning, according to Mental Health Partners.
Mental Health Partners’ vision is “for Healthy minds. Healthy Lives. Healthy communities.” The nonprofit also offers bilingual/bicultural services and includes services and programs for school-based programs, substance abuse treatment, rape crisis counseling and more.
You can donate to Mental Health Partners by calling 303-545-0842. To contact Mental Health Partners or to make an appointment, call 303-443-8500. If you are having an emergency, call 1-844-493-8255. The Living Room can be reached at 303-447-1665. More information about the nonprofit mental health service can be found at www.mhpcolorado.org.