State Mental Health Agency

For more information about admission, care, treatment, release, and patient follow-up in public or private psychiatric residential facilities, contact your State mental health agency:

Colorado Division of Mental Health

3824 West Princeton Circle

Denver, CO 80236

Phone:303-866-7400 Fax: 303-866-7428

Toll-free:800-811-7648 TDD: 303-866-7471



State Substance Abuse Agency

Contact your State substance abuse agency for information about treatment and care of substance abuse disorders:

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division

Colorado Department of Human Services

4055 South Lowell Blvd.

Denver, CO 80236

Phone: 303-866-7480 Fax: 303-866-7481

800-811-7648 TDD: 303-866-7471

Phone:303-866-7400 Fax: 303-866-7428

Toll-free:800-811-7648 TDD: 303-866-7471


Family Support

The Center for Mental Health Services awards grants to statewide, family-run networks to provide support and information to families of children and adolescents with serious emotional, behavioral, or mental disorders. For more information, contact:

Colorado Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

2950 Tennyson Street

Denver, CO 80212.

Phone:303-572-0302 Fax: 303-433-1605

Toll Free:888-569-7500


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which are part of the Department of Health and Human Services, investigate some complaints about treatment facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding. For further information at the national level, contact:

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

7500 Security Boulevard

Baltimore, MD 21244-1850

Phone:410-786-3000 Fax: 303-433-1605

Toll Free:877-267-2323 TDD: 866-226-1819


You may also share your concerns with staff at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services office in your area, which is Region 8. The regional office address and telephone numbers are:

Denver Regional Office Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

1600 Broadway, Suite 700

Denver, CO 80202

Phone:303-844-2111 Fax:303-844-6374

Advocacy Organizations

Local chapters of Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association) have information about community services and engage in national and State level advocacy. For more information about the association, write or call:

Mental Health America of Colorado

1385 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 610

Denver, CO 80222

Phone: 720-208-2220 Fax: 720-208-2250

Toll Free:800-456-3249



Spanish language assistance available; Habla español


The National Alliance on Mental Illness

maintains a helpline for information on mental illnesses and referrals to local groups. The local self-help groups have support and advocacy components and offer education and information about community services for families and individuals. For information about the Alliance’s affiliates and activities in your State, contact:

NAMI Colorado

1100 Fillmore Street, Suite 201

Denver, CO 80206-3334

Phone:303-321-3104 Fax: 303-321-0912

Toll-free: 888-566-6264 (Statewide)



The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse,

funded partly by the Center for Mental Health Services, promotes and helps to develop consumer-run self-help groups across the country. Technical assistance and materials are available on such topics as organizing groups, fundraising, leadership development, incorporating, public relations, advocacy, and networking. For more information, contact:

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse

1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1207

Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone:215-751-1810 Fax: 215-636-6312




The National Empowerment Center

is a Technical Assistance Center run by mental health consumers/survivors. The Center’s mission is to carry a message of recovery, empowerment, hope and healing to people who have been diagnosed with mental illness. The Center provides information and referrals to consumer/survivor resources nationwide and offers technical assistance to individuals and groups involved in consumer empowerment activities. The Center distributes recovery-related publications and sponsors education and training activities. For information on consumer/survivor activities in your area, contact:

The National Empowerment Center

599 Canal Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:978-685-1494 Fax: 978-681-6426




Other Sources of Information

There are many sources of information that you can tap. Your area mental health authority, which is generally a part of the local government, may be useful. Other branches of your city or county government also may be able to help. For example, the education office might have information about help for children, and the agency for the aging might know about services for senior citizens. In addition, your family physician or area hospital may be able to make referrals. For legal advice, contact your local bar association or go to Also, your local library and telephone yellow pages may have resource lists for sources of help in your community.

The National Empowerment Center

599 Canal Street

Lawrence, MA 01840

Phone:978-685-1494 Fax: 978-681-6426




Mile High Council Hot Line


Arapahoe House


Provide inpatient and outpatient services. They also provide a referral list for therapists who are certified addiction counselors (CAC).

New Directions (ADAD Certified)
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Al-Anon and Alateen
Gamblers Anon
Codependents Anon
Sex Addiction
Smoking Cessation Support
Action Parent and Teen Helpline
Empowerment Counseling Services, Inc.


Four locations

Empowerment Counseling Services, Inc.


Four locations

Empowerment Counseling Services, Inc.


Four locations

Counseling Center of Golden or CETP


Substance abuse counseling for adolescents and their parents

Bear Valley Counseling Center


Group: “Alcoholic Christians Together” and codependency support

Child Abuse Reporting:

It is imperative that you report child abuse within 24 hours. This gives the professionals a chance to see any physical evidence as soon as possible, helping to support the case. You can remain anonymous, should you choose, or you can contact me or another mandatory reporter to assist you. Please note: the person who committed the act should not be contact, or anyone who might impede the process. Should you need someone to talk to, please feel free to contact a friend who will keep confidences, your spiritual leader, or me. This is an important service- we are keeping children safe!!!

To make a report, call the county where the person lives who is being reported. State that you would like to file a report and the operator will direct you to the correct department.

Adams: 303.287-8831

Arapahoe: 303.795-4850

Broomfield: 720.887-2200

Clear Creek: 303.679-2365

Denver: 720.944-3000

Douglas: 303.688-4825

Gilpin: 303.582-5444

Jefferson: 303.271-4131

Child and Family
Facts of Life Line


Provides confidential information about birth control, reproductive health care, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, rape, sexuality, alcohol, depression, and nutrition.

Family Tree


Provides a wide range of services to families and youth.

Karlis Family Center


Provides a safe, home-like setting for counseling, education and visitation programs.

Gemini Shelter


Crisis shelter and care for 11-17-year-old abused, neglected, runaway and homeless youth.The program offers a positive means of working through crisis, peer relationships, and finding healthy living options.

Comprehensive Housing & Services


Intensive home-based case management and affordable transitional housing to homeless, multi-problem families and individuals who are working towards self-sufficiency.

Programs for Children with Disabilities

Guide to Dealing with Anxiety in Academics:

This guide is called “Mental Health Resources for College Students” and focuses on the unique mental health challenges faced by college students. Starting college requires a shift in priorities, and coping with mental health issues during this time can be a challenge. When it comes to managing day-to-day life while attending college online, students need to practice self-care. This means adopting healthy habits, avoiding stress-inducing activities, and communicating with others about how they are feeling. This guide can be found here:

Hotline Numbers:

Iams Pet Loss Support Resource Center


Support Group:

Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society Office

Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m.

789 Sherman St.

Denver, CO 80203


Senior Isolation

Identifies some senior isolation warning signs

Teen Risk Factors

Explores warning signs of teen depression

Bridges Family Services

(303) 757-3824

Provides supervised visitations and exchanges for families in metro Denver

Colorado Divorce Forms and Colorado Divorce Laws Online

Provides forms and customer support.

Colorado Divorce Information
Karlis Family Center


Provides supervised visitations and transfers in the Jefferson County area.

Domestic Violence:


Treatment for batterers.

BI Community Corrections Domestic Violence & Victim Advocacy
Colorado M.O.V.E.S.
Treatment for batterers Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (Statewide)
Denver Victims Service Center
Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities
Gemini Shelter


Crisis shelter and care for 11-17-year-old abused, neglected, runaway and homeless youth. The program offers a positive means of working through crisis, peer relationships, and finding healthy living options.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline


Project Pave Inc


Assistance filing compensation claims, criminal justice support, crisis counseling, emergency legal advocacy, group therapy, and referral resources.

Safehouse Denver Inc


Crisis counseling, therapy, advocacy, claim assistance, and shelter/safe house

Servicios De La Raza Inc


Crisis counseling, therapy, advocacy, and claim assistance. Specialize in the Spanish-speaking community.

Eating Disorders:
Overeaters Anonymous
Eating Disorder Center


Provide partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services

Eating Disorder Foundation


Provides education, advocacy, assessing appropriate treatment options for individuals and their families.

Treatment for batterers Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (Statewide)
National Eating Disorder Association
IAEDP International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
ANAD National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
Elder Care:
Lutheran Family Services


Comprehensive assessment to evaluate the needs of older adults. They look into care options including eligibility for public assistance, coordinate and monitor services, and counseling for emotional support and coping strategies for older adults and caregivers during stress and transition. In addition, they offer information and referrals, provide liaisons for families who live far away, have educational videos on aging, and offer seminars can be offered in Sunday School or other times such as: spirituality and aging, caregiver support- especially around decision making, successful aging, deciding the right time to move, the physical, mental and emotional aspects of aging.

PTSD in Aging Adults
Emergency Contraception:
Emergency Contraception

This is used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It is not an abortion!!! A woman is only pregnant once a fertilized egg implants into the uterus. If this has already happened, the pill will not work and should have no impact on the developing fetus. There is an “abortion pill”, but it is not included in this section. EC is provided to prevent pregnancy up to 120 hours after unprotected sex; although it has a higher success rate the sooner it is used. If you would like more information about EC, please contact

NARAL at 303.394-1973


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all OB-GYNS, physicians, clinicians and hospital offer EC as part of standard care. Therefore, you may want to contact your doctor or ob-gyn to determine if it is offered. Other possibilities include:

Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital
Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment
Planned Parenthood
Grief and Loss:

Please note, not all forms of death impact loved ones the same. There are some losses that are best served as specializations, rather than a general form of grief. Examples include suicide, SIDS, murder, the death of a child, and losing a partner to AIDS.

7 Ways to Help a Child with Autism Deal with Death

Centura Home Care & Hospice


Support groups; information and referrals; retreats, and monthly education programs

Colorado SIDS Program


Information, education, and family support for those who have suffered the death of a child by SIDS.

Depression in the Face of a Terminal Illness and Death

Helping a Child Cope with Grief and Loss

Hospice of Metro Denver


The people at the center are well connected to grief services throughout the Denver Metro area so they can be gatekeepers to other programs. They provide multiple types of support groups, such as: Bereavement Education Pet Loss Support Group Grieving the Loss of An Adult Child Art Therapy Support Group Children’s and Teen’s Groups Men’s Grief Group “Changes” Support Group for All Ages

Hospice of St. John
Mothers Against Drunk Driving


Trained victim advocates, guidance through the judicial process, civil attorney referrals, insurance advocates, memorial programs, support groups.

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays


AIDS family support group.

Parents of Murdered Children and Survivors of Homicide Victims


For Denver residences.

Solace (Exempla Lutheran Medical Center)


Support for parents grieving after a miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death.

Colorado Anti-Violence Program
The Goldrush

This is an annual conference that serves to address the specific needs of the transgendered community, including hormone therapy, sexual reassignment, and learning how to talk/walk like a man/woman.

HIV Anonymous Test Site
International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE)
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays


AIDS family support group.



Support for family and friends of LGBT individuals

World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Inc. (HBIGDA)
Dr. Kingley Lentz

A psychologist who specializes with adolescence.


International Foundation for Gender Education

Resources for transsexuals, family members, and professionals. They also publish Transgender Tapestry Magazine that covers healthy, family, medical, legal, and workplace issues.

FTM International
Intersex Society of North America

This is a public awareness, education and advocacy organization devoted to systemic change.

Renaissance Transgender Association, Inc.

Offers info, support groups, a monthly magazine, and special events.

TS Roadmap

Focuses on empowerment, sel-acceptance, and assimilation for M-T-F transsexua



Provides general health information. Type the drug name in the database and you will receive information about the purpose, proper dosing, precautions, and side effects.

Inner Church Arms


Assist individuals with their medication needs

Jeffco Action Center


They have a specific insurance program for the indigent. Be sure to meet with a financial advisor before using their services!

Significantly discounted rates for medications

Persistent Mental Illness:
CO Assoc. for Mentally Ill



Mental Health Assoc. of CO
Consumer Centered Services of Colorado


Statewide network of individuals dealing with mental illness who are involved in mutual support, education, and advocacy.

ERIC (Everyone Remains In Control)O


Peer support for youth

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Mental Health Association of Colorado
NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
Sanctuary of Transformation
Alternatives Pregnancy Center



Hotline: 303.298-8815

The Birth Network

Provides a resource guide intended for anyone seeking maternity care providers that have endorsed the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services’ (CIMS) Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI). Providers include Doulas, Midwives, OB/GYNs, Massage Therapists, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Child Birth Educators and more. Birth Network National does not endorse or recommend providers, but lists those providers who endorse the Mother Friendly Childbirth Initiative and are paid Birth Network National Members.

Resource guides are FREE and will be distributed to all BNN members, friends and family, as well as to local libraries, community centers, health food stores, universities, public health departments and health care provider offices. This Resource Guide is also available online

Facts of Life Line
Jeffco Health Department Family Planning Services
Lutheran Family Services: Adoption Services

Karen English 303.217-5850

They have an open adoption program where mothers can select a family to raise the baby. They are encouraged to participate in the baby’s development.

Mental Health Association of Colorado
NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
Planned Parenthood

303.425-6624 (Arvada)

303.832-5069 (Central Denver)

303.320-1630 (SE Denver)

303.988-3821 (Lakewood)

303.988-9153 (Rocky Mountain)

Women Infants and Children (WIC)
Sexual Abuse/Trauma:
National Hotline

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network


They will route you to the nearest rape crisis hotline in your area.

Newsed CDC


Assistance filing compensation claims, criminal justice support, crisis counseling, emergency legal advocacy, group therapy, and referral resources.

RAAP (Rape Awareness and Assistance Program)


Hotline advocates are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All information is confidential. It is not necessary that you report the assault to have access to services. Includes personal safety courses, case management, outreach, prevention education, expert testifying and consultation, and counseling services.

SafeHouse Denver

303.318-9989 (crisis)

303.318-9959 (Administration)

Aimed at prevention through education, advocacy, and shelter services

Women In Crisis

303.420-6752 (Crisis)

303.420-0412 (Administration)

Crisis, shelter, emergency food/personal care/clothing, individual and group counseling, referrals for resources, parenting education, and health clinic.

Support & Advocacy:

Advice for integrating into home and family system after deployment

Understanding a Veteran with PTSD


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