Children’s Colorado Expands Pediatric Mental Health Care in Southern Colorado

Wednesday, Jul 31 2019

PMHI gift

Gift from The Denver Foundation creates Emergency Department Behavioral Health Suite at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 31, 2019) — The first-of-its-kind behavioral health suite specifically designed for children and teens in Colorado has just opened in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs, thanks to a $500,000 gift from the Colorado Health Access Fund of The Denver Foundation.

Pediatric patients who arrive in the Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs emergency department will be treated for both physical and behavioral health needs by an expert pediatric team. Once stabilized, a team of medical health experts and social workers will work with each family to determine the next steps for care. The emergency department behavioral health suite includes six patient rooms.

Suicide is the leading cause of death among kids ages 10-24 in Colorado. Based on the 2016 El Paso County Community Health Needs Assessment, nearly 25 percent of all parents in the region report challenges with their kids’ emotional and behavioral health.

The new emergency department behavioral health suite is just one aspect of Children’s Colorado’s commitment to addressing the mental health crisis facing kids and teens in Colorado.

“We’re grateful to generous partners like The Denver Foundation who make it possible for us to provide this level of support and care to patients in the southern Colorado community,” says Shannon Van Deman, Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Pediatric Mental Health Institute vice president. “In 2020, we will further expand care by establishing an outpatient program tapping into medical staff, prevention and advocacy efforts, expanded telehealth access and leveraging community partners who understand pediatric mental health care.”

The Colorado Health Access Fund of The Denver Foundation was founded in 2014 by an anonymous and forward-thinking donor. The Fund is focused on increasing access to behavioral health care across the state.

“We are pleased to support Children’s Colorado’s expansion into southern Colorado and its approach to treating a pediatric behavioral health crisis from the moment a patient enters the hospital,” says Dace West, Vice President of Community  Impact, The Denver Foundation. “We believe in investing in breakthrough programs that meet the needs of the community and create solutions that better serve Coloradans. Every child deserves a healthy future. Innovative initiatives like this provide increased access to care regardless of family’s ability to pay.”

As a nonprofit dedicated to caring for all children and teens, Children’s Hospital Colorado provides a spectrum of pediatric mental health services including outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization and inpatient services for children and adolescents. The local community can make a difference for kids in crisis. For more information, visit PMHI.org.

Contact:                                                                                                                                                      
Amy Triandiflou
Cell: 719-352-5394
Email: atriand@hotmail.com

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