Eagle Valley Behavioral Health

Imagine a day when we spend as much time, effort, and resources on our behavioral health as we do our physical health. In two years, we've increased capacity and access to behavioral health care, addressed crisis response, and created Hispanic programs. Help us transform behavioral health care.

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Eagle Valley Behavioral Health - Area of Greatest Need

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
At-Risk Populations
General population
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

Eagle Valley Behavioral Health (EVBH) and Vail Health Foundation have launched a $100 million campaign over the next several years to transform the Eagle River Valley's behavioral health system and landscape.

The It Takes A Valley fundraising campaign will include the efforts of multiple organizations across the valley to raise much-needed funds for provider access, Hispanic services and capacity, prevention and education, crisis response and transition services, and school-based services.

Key areas we are raising funds for:

Olivia's Fund: This scholarship provides financial assistance for behavioral health services. It will provide up to six free sessions per year for anyone who lives or works in Eagle County and cannot afford treatment.

Crisis Response: The Hope Center-led mobile crisis response system ensures all 911 behavioral health calls are met with a clinician at the point of need. Other initiatives like this will provide community members with the appropriate care when experiencing an emotional crisis.

Hispanic: EVBH is addressing the disparity in access to behavioral health care for Hispanic Communities. Your support will help fund programs that accommodate the unique cultural considerations and challenges they face.

Prevention & Education: EVBH is investing in prevention and education efforts by supporting the existing programs of community partners, filling gaps through the creation of new initiatives, and working to break the stigma of behavioral health issues.

School-based Services: Schools offer a unique opportunity to reach the valley's youngest citizens and ensure they have access to behavioral support that enables them to thrive. Our goal is to increase the number of school-based clinicians to serve every school in the Eagle River Valley.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Some early successes include:

- Olivia's Fund, a scholarship program for people who are uninsured or under-insured to receive up to six behavioral health sessions with a licensed clinician free of charge. Between November 1, 2020, and October 1, 2021, 415 patients have been connected with a provider through Olivia's Fund, resulting in 1439 sessions.

- Mountain Strong Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has already seen great utilization as a pilot program to offer six behavioral health sessions with a licensed clinician. Between November 1, 2020, and October 1, 2021, 568 patients have been connected with a provider, resulting in 2099 sessions.

- Through our community partner, Hope Center Eagle River Valley we have 13 licensed clinicians in Eagle County elementary, middle, and high school.
The Hope Center Eagle River Valley accompanies first responders on 9-1-1 calls allowing for 24/7 crisis response and reducing visits to the emergency department by 70%.

- Over 20 additional Spanish-speaking behavioral health staff have been added to our system in the past 2 years.

- In June 2021, we launched our Peer Support program which uses trained peer group leaders to identify signs/symptoms of behavioral health disorders, proper referral protocols, and offer social-emotional skills and support to others.

My Future Pathways Matching Gift Challenge

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges

Description

Your donation today to My Future Pathways (MFP) will be doubled by the generosity of a matching gift from Ron Davis. Your support will open pathways to success for first-generation Eagle County youth by providing mentoring, tutoring, and character development to keep them in school, offer career opportunities, and create future generations of community leaders.

My Future Pathways is a community fundraising partner of Eagle Valley Behavioral Health, with a mission to:

• Provide a helping hand to enhance and enrich the lives of first-generation Eagle County youth, leading to positive life pathways.
• Teach strong values, self-discipline, grit, and integrity, with an emphasis on developing social and emotional skills.
• Foster community collaboration and parental involvement.
• Respond proactively, wherein My Future Pathways can make a difference when needs are identified by Eagle Valley Behavioral Health and Eagle County Schools.
• Create future leaders in the Vail Valley community.
• Offer Collegiate Scholarship support to enhance positive life pathways.

Thank you for making a difference!
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La donación que haga hoy a My Future Pathways se duplicará gracias a la generosidad de Ron Davis, que hará una donación equivalente a la suya. Su apoyo abrirá puertas a más oportunidades para los jóvenes de primera generación de Eagle County al ofrecerles orientación, tutorías y desarrollo del carácter promoviendo que sigan asistiendo a clases, brindándoles oportunidades laborales y creando generaciones de nuevos líderes.

My Future Pathways es una organización de la comunidad que colabora con Eagle Valley Behavioral Health a fin de recaudar fondos y cuya misión es:

• Ayudar a mejorar y enriquecer la vida de los jóvenes de primera generación de Eagle County, a fin de contribuir a que tengan un futuro más positivo.
• Enseñar valores sólidos, autodisciplina, determinación e integridad, haciendo énfasis en el desarrollo de habilidades sociales y emocionales.
• Fomentar la colaboración de la comunidad y el compromiso de parte de los padres.
• Responder de forma proactiva, en los casos en los que My Future Pathways pueda marcar una diferencia una vez que Eagle Valley Behavioral Health y las escuelas de Eagle County hayan identificado las necesidades.
• Crear a los líderes del mañana en la comunidad de Vail Valley.
• Ofrecer ayuda con becas universitarias para brindarles un futuro con más oportunidades.

¡Gracias por marcar la diferencia!

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Evidence of Program's Success

MFP has made progress addressing the shortage of bilingual mentors and licensed clinicians.

We added 5 Spanish speaking team mentors to focus on:
- Academic, social-emotional and physical health focus
- Two-generation model

The MSW Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program is a partnership between MFP and the University of Denver's School of Social Work, Western Campus. We currently have 4 graduates and 2 students. The program provides supervision and support through licensure. Graduates work at Bright Future Foundation, Eagle County Human Services, and EVBH.

The Loan Repayment program has 14 recipients with 7 on a waitlist. It awards $30,000 over 5 years ($36,000 for bilingual).




Olivia's Fund

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
At-Risk Populations
General population
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

Olivia's Fund is named after Olivia Ortega a local who took her life in February 2018, just a few days after her 13th birthday. Grief rippled from her family and throughout our small community when the tragic news spread. The powerlessness felt by so many was quickly followed by many local leaders and organizations wanting to do more.

In December 2019, Vail Health Foundation launched the campaign, It Takes A Valley: Transforming Behavioral Health to raise $100 million for a total investment of $160 million to address the issue over the next decade.

Olivia's mother, Vickie Zacher, and her family wanted to create a special fund in Olivia's memory to help other local individuals and families in need to obtain access to behavioral health care which was identified as a barrier to treatment.

"My hope for Olivia's Fund is that it will help anyone who is struggling, so they can get the treatment that they or a family member desperately needs."

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have helped more than 256 individuals receive 751 behavioral health sessions free of charge through Olivia's Fund since November 2020.

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