In one of our region’s largest and most comprehensive investments into behavioral health detection, treatment and access, UCHealth is dedicating at least $100 million over the next five years to help care for patients with substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions across Colorado.
Philanthropic donations of an additional $25 million, matched by UCHealth, could bring the total investment to $150 million.
Our areas of focus
Integrating behavioral health with primary care.
Teams of licensed clinical social workers and psychologists will work hand in hand with primary care physicians to provide immediate resources to the largest number of patients in need.
Tele-behavioral health consultation services.
When patients and providers in emergency departments, primary care clinics, or inpatient hospitals need consultations with a psychiatrist, UCHealth’s Virtual Health Center will provide the video connection.
A new inpatient behavioral health unit.
The new inpatient tower at University of Colorado Hospital will enable the creation of a new inpatient behavioral health unit beginning in 2023 to expand upon services already available at other UCHealth locations.
Advancing behavioral health care in Colorado
continues to be one of UCHealth's top areas of concern
Addressing the opioid epidemic in Colorado
New prescribing guidelines and the use of alternatives to opioids for treatment of pain have reduced the number of opioids prescribed by up to 40% in some of our locations.
In addition, UCHealth launched a campaign in 2019 to help increase awareness of the dangers of opioid dependency and addiction.