Groundbreaking

Solvista Health Board of Directors don hats and wield shovels at the official groundbreaking for Solvista’s Regional Assessment Center. The center will offer help for those in the rural central mountain region experiencing mental health and substance abuse crises. Solvista representatives include from left: Dr. Tony Sullivan, Matt Landis, Dee Nuding, Mandy Kaisner, Jessica Scott, Bret Meuli, Brian Turner, Andrea Carlstrom, Tammy Moruzzi and Charles Bogle.

A new regional option for mental health care in the rural central mountain region grew one step closer to reality as ground was broken on the Solvista Health Regional Assessment Center on the Heart of Rockies Regional Medical Center campus in Salida on May 6. Solvista Health’s region includes Lake, Chaffee, Custer, Fremont and Park counties.

When completed, the facility will  provide:

— 24/7 crisis services.

— Withdrawal management: a safe, supervised treatment space to withdraw from alcohol and drugs.

— Respite care: a place to comfortably and safely have a break from a difficult situation.

— Acute treatment: intensive short-term treatment options for severe mental health or substance use issues.

— Individual and group counseling, psychiatry, case management, peer support services, and more.

Brian Turner, Solvista Health CEO, said the creation of the center is “nothing short of a paradigm shift” in providing mental health services in rural Colorado, where it is often necessary to travel over 100 miles to access mental health and addiction treatment services.

Chaffee County Public Health director and Solvista Health board member Andrea Carlstrom said with the establishment of the center, “People in the region will finally get the services and support they have deserved their entire lives.”

Carlstrom began her work in Chaffee County at Solvista Health and was tasked with finding a way to expand services with a detox center 10 years ago. With the establishment of the Regional Assessment Center, “a dream is becoming a reality,” she said.

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center Vice President of Business Development Peter Edis said the facility “will go a long way toward meeting mental health needs in the region.” He said the hospital and Solvista have a history of cooperation which will continue with the establishment of the center.

The new facility is slated to be completed by March 31, 2022.

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