Aspen, CO: Aspen school district partners with local hospital for "vital mental health services"

Dec 7, 2017, Aspen (CO) Daily News: Pitkin County commissioners vote to enter into agreement on mental health The Pitkin Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday on first reading to enter into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the city of Aspen, Aspen Valley Hospital and the Aspen School District for the unified purchase of vital mental health services. … According to a statement released by the Pitkin County government, a full-time mental health therapist at Aspen High School and a rapid-response mobile unit program are among the new services that will be made possible by the combined efforts of the four signatories of the IGA. The group will be known as the Mental Health Strategic Funding Advisory Committee. … Combined funding for mental health in Pitkin County now totals $488,000, with the Aspen School District contributing $40,000, the city of Aspen contributing $70,550, Aspen Valley Hospital contributing $73,275 and the Pitkin County Healthy Community Fund contributing $304,507. … “Having full and part-time therapists in schools and the addition of the rapid response mobile unit is a huge step forward for Pitkin County. Integrated mental health care, case management, psychiatric medication management, tele-psych access and crisis services are just what the doctor ordered for this community.” …

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