The year was 1970, and the town of Granby, Colorado was reeling from four tragic suicides that were all completed within a short period of time. Residents and professionals in the mountain towns of Colorado knew that providing access to mental health care was imperative, and an entity named Colorado West was born.
Colorado West opened its doors in 1972 as a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation. It was primarily funded by the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), until fiscal support for mental health shifted largely to individual states in the ‘80s. From there, Colorado West worked to secure funding from contracts, foundations, corporate grants, insurance, and the generosity of the local community.
The company grew to provide treatment and services to a 23,000 square mile area in Northwestern Colorado, covering 13 cities and towns across the western slope. In response to all existing psychiatric hospital services in the area shutting down, it established the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City.
To reflect the enormous positive expansion and organizational changes the company had made, what was once known as Colorado West has now evolved into Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital. Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital are the best choices for mental health care because our philosophy places special focus on collaboration within our local communities.
The adaption of a private and secure TeleHealth system allows clients to video chat specialists from the comfort of our therapy offices. TeleHealth allows us to connect clients to the therapist that specializes in their illness, even if that therapist is hours away.
Currently, West Springs Hospital is promoting a capital campaign to raise funds for a monumental psychiatric hospital expansion. Building Sanctuary | Rebuilding Lives will double the amount of beds available in West Springs Hospital and will serve as a much needed safe haven for the Western Slope of Colorado, which annually sees above average suicide rates.