Salida, CO – Solvista Health is thrilled to announce the opening of the Regional Assessment Center (RAC) for mental health and substance use crisis treatment at 7166 CR 154 in Salida. The Grand Opening is set for Thursday, May 5, from 3 pm to 6 pm, and open to the community. The event is perfectly timed to coincide with Solvista’s 60th Anniversary as a local non-profit and May Is Mental Health Month!
After years of increasing need and community discussion around crisis treatment, this first-of-its-kind facility in our region, is a reality. The RAC is located on the Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center campus. Solvista is opening the doors for community members to see the facility in-person before they begin treating individuals.
Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake, Park and surrounding counties have never had high acuity levels of care for mental health and substance use treatment, forcing residents to often travel over 100 miles to receive the right level of help. The Regional Assessment Center will provide:
Acute Treatment - intensive, short-term treatment for severe mental health and substance use issues
Withdrawal Management – a safe, supervised treatment space to withdraw from alcohol and drugs
Crisis Respite Care – a place to comfortably and safely get a break from a difficult situation
“Our state ranks in the top 10 nationally for alarming rates of drug and alcohol problems, and yet we are also among the highest for unmet treatment needs,” says Brian Turner, Solvista Health CEO. “The Regional Assessment Center provides dignified, person-centered care to individuals in crisis. This has been a critical gap in our local continuum of care.”
Solvista teamed up with local partners and community leaders to design a facility that will provide an integrated, comprehensive approach to crisis services. Over 50 public and private organizations signed on in support of this project showing their awareness of the problem and their commitment to making local communities healthy, thriving places to live, work and play.
“We are incredibly grateful for the donations given so far to help complete this 6.5 million dollar facility,” said Jill Anderson, Solvista Health Development Director. “There is still need, and every gift is critical to help fund this project.” Individuals who are unable to attend the event can still be a part of this important project by donating at, www.solvistahealth.org or call Jill Anderson at 719-275-2351.
Community members can register for the event on Eventbrite or visit the Solvista Health Facebook page.