We rebuild lives and inspire hope by providing exceptional mental health and addiction recovery care, strengthening the health and vitality of our communities.
The organization's founding began in 1970 when the community of Granby experienced four suicides in the first three weeks of the year. In response, three counselors organized and incorporated the Jackson-Grand Mental Health Service and eventually joined forces with other western slope communities experiencing similar situations. There was a need for mental health services in rural western Colorado where previously none had existed. Eventually the service-area came to include 23,000 square miles over 10 counties in northwest Colorado, running roughly from the Continental Divide to the Utah state line. Formerly know as Colorado West, Mind Springs Health has enjoyed a significant turn-around since CEO & President Sharon Raggio joined the organization. Since fiscal year 2008 the board and governance structure was reorganized, and quality outcomes and compliance scores have significantly improved in our psychiatric hospital and our 13 outpatient offices. This all is achieved while serving more than 14,000 people - more than any other community mental health center in the state. The mission of Mind Springs Health is to provide access to quality mental health and substance abuse services, enhancing recovery and resilience in individuals, families, and communities. We provide mental wellness, behavioral change and substance abuse therapy in creating a person- and family-centered continuum of services based on The Ten Fundamental Components of Recovery (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Consensus Conference on Mental Health Recovery and Mental Health Systems Transformation, 2004). In embracing recovery as a core part of our mission, we are responsive to the needs of individuals, families and communities, and have worked to enhance our services using evidence-based practices that engage people along the entire continuum of care.
Uniquely, the Women's Recovery Center deals with and heals the underlying causes that manifest as symptoms such as drug and alcohol addiction. This has been the first time a program has gotten to the root of my problems and truly has healed me from the inside out. WRC not only saved me from my impending death but also transformed me with not just education but healing, hope, laughter, love and a new found zest for life. Truly giving me new eyes with which to view my past hurts and my future in life long recovery.
When I was 14, I was very unhappy. I didn't feel like I had any value. I felt worthless, ugly, stupid and a load of other things that affected my self-esteem. Eventually all these feeling led to cutting. I was a cutter for about a year and it was due to the way I felt about myself. I had no self-esteem and very low confidence in myself. Eventually it was decided that I should go to therapy, considering that my cutting was getting worse. I went to Mind Springs Health and did individual and group therapy for a while and it helped me a lot. Individual therapy helped in that I could get all my feelings and emotions out that were hard for me to express. I was able to talk to someone about my self-esteem and they gave me advice and coping mechanisms for what I was feeling. After a few sessions alone, I went to group therapy. Group was a little scary at first because I didn't know anyone and I didn't know what it was going to be like. But as I adjusted, I discovered something that really helped me deal with my problems: I wasn't alone. There were others in the group who had felt worthless or who had cut before. Knowing this helped me stop feeling so low about myself. Along with helping me get over my problems, I made friends. Mind Springs Health helped me stop feeling bad about myself, gave me ways to stop it from ever happening again, and showed me that I wasn't alone.