We are growing to provide ONE-STOP care in Aurora with our new Crisis and Acute Care Center.
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Save the Date! Aurora Mental Health & Recovery (AMHR) is proud to participate in this year’s Colorado Gives Day – set for Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022.
Every year, for 24 hours, Colorado comes together to raise funds for local nonprofits, and we’re excited to be part of the day! This year, we’re raising funds for our upcoming Crisis and Acute Care Center. Your donation will help us provide one-stop mental health care to thousands of community members in Aurora, Colorado. You don’t even have to wait – you can donate today!
OUR COMMUNITY'S CHALLENGE
The social isolation, stress, and disruptions to daily life provoked by the COVID pandemic have increased the prevalence of mental health and substance use problems in Aurora - as it has across the country and around the globe.
- Depression and anxiety are on the rise, especially among school-age youth.
- Overdoses, suicides, and opioid deaths continue to increase, as do psychiatric emergencies.
- Stresses on those experiencing homelessness have intensified as social isolation and shelter insecurity increase.
Many times each day, police and other first responders encounter persons experiencing these health crises where a hospital emergency room may not be the best option for accessing care. For the person seeking care alone, or perhaps accompanied by a friend or family member, the dilemma can be even more challenging.
OUR ENVISIONED CRISIS AND ACUTE CARE CENTER
AMHR (formerly AuMHC) purchased a 7.3-acre property at 1290 S. Potomac in mid-2020.
Our objective is to provide “one-stop” access for mental health and substance use crisis and acute care in Aurora.
To achieve this, we plan to relocate our walk-in crisis services (WIC), crisis stabilization unit (CSU), and substance use intervention and withdrawal management (detox) services, currently located at 2206 Victor Street on the Anschutz Medical Campus. We will also host our Connect to Care (same-day services), currently at 791 Chambers Road, on this property. This will require the construction of a new facility to fully accommodate these co-locations.
Given our service history, current service trends, and projected improvements in access and coordination, we anticipate serving more than 10,000 community members at this location in its first year of operation.
CRISIS AND ACUTE CARE IN A HEALING ENVIRONMENT
The new center will incorporate state-of-the-art architecture, design, and furnishings that reduce stress, foster calm, and facilitate healing for the diverse community we serve. Identified and recognized as “trauma-informed” throughout the healthcare industry, such designs of healthcare spaces are proven to enhance the client experience and produce better health outcomes.
PARTNERS AND STAKEHOLDERS
We are collaborating with the city of Aurora, Arapahoe County, Adams County, and the state of Colorado. We have the support of Signal Behavioral Health Network which manages our state of Colorado Medicaid contract and the federal funds designated for crisis and substance use services.
Our partner-stakeholders include all relevant first responder and law enforcement entities in Aurora and the southern metro area to ensure that our “one-stop” intentions and plans are practical and adaptable to their officers and responders.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We are embarked on an initiative to secure $38.4 million in funding necessary to bring this vision to fruition and thereby improve the health, safety, and well-being of our community. We are seeking a combination of public funding and private philanthropic contributions over the next several months as we prepare to open the new facility in early 2025.
Colorado Gives provides an excellent opportunity for you to help AND have your donation go even further with the additional prizes and incentives provided by FirstBank and community partners from around the state. Please donate today and share this fundraiser with your friends and family in the community!
WHO WE ARE
Aurora Mental Health & Recovery (AMHR) is a local nonprofit community mental health center that delivers a full continuum of mental health and substance use services for people of every age across the lifespan. We serve more than 20,000 community members annually, delivering care from twelve distinct locations across Aurora, as well as through 60 local schools, numerous local partnerships and various telecommunication technologies. We are governed by a 14-member volunteer Board of Directors and our annual budget is nearly $59 million.
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