Next week, key players providing public health in the valley are convening to address funding for mental health services.
Many agencies have line items for mental health services in their budget, including Pitkin, Garfield and Eagle counties, along with Aspen Valley and Valley View hospitals. These organizations are now coming together for a two-day strategy session to see if their separate funds can be combined to make a bigger impact. Mitzi Ledingham, deputy director of Pitkin County’s Health and Human Services Department, hopes the combined efforts can address some regional shortfalls.
“There’s just a variety of needs, a variety of approaches, and part of our job is just to be a little more strategic in the delivery of these services,” said Ledingham.
While the financial strategy session is closed to the public, there is an open kick-off event on April 10. Andrew Romanoff, the President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, is speaking at Colorado Mountain College in Aspen. The former state legislator will be talking about measures at the capitol that address mental health and substance abuse programs.