Larimer County is experiencing unprecedented growth in mental health crises. Suicide has doubled in Larimer County since 2009, and we continue to have among the highest suicide rates in the nation. In 2016, eighty-three (83) Larimer County residents took their own lives. Sadly, the current mental health system in Larimer County, while it does provide some high quality treatment and services, does not meet the demand of people in need.
In November 2016, a failed ballot measure to fund mental health services brought to light a critical community call to action: more knowledge and County-wide involvement surrounding local mental health services are needed to develop local solutions to this growing community challenge.
Over the next months, as Larimer County Behavioral Health Project Director, I will focus on the essential partnerships and community collaboration needed to strengthen and expand our vision for integrated mental health services.
These partnerships and dedicated strategic planning is an investment in a future integrated continuum of mental health care and will inform potential plans for a regional mental health facility. I look forward to sharing our progress. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for making a difference in our community!
Laurie Stolen, MS, CPSP, CSPS
Behavioral Health Project Director
Behavioral Health Initiative
200 W. Oak Street
Fort Collins, CO 80521
(970) 498-7144 Office
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