New federal funding benefits DougCo mental health services

Natasha Lovato
Douglas County Commissioners accept state funding from U.S. Rep. Jason Crow.Photo byDouglas County

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(Douglas County, Colo.) U.S. Rep. Jason Crow presented Douglas County officials with $629,970 from the 2023 federal appropriations package on March 20. 

The money demonstrates a commitment to finding effective and sustainable solutions for the community's mental health and behavioral issues.

Each member of the House of Representatives could submit up to 15 Community Project Funding requests to benefit state or local governments or eligible nonprofits. Crow advocated for funding Douglas County’s mental health services.

“As families struggle with rising costs and uncertain supply chains, I’m focusing on ensuring Coloradans have access to the resources they need to thrive,” Crow said. 

“I’m proud to deliver these investments to support kids in our community, provide mental health care, honor our veterans, and so much more. I look forward to seeing the everyday impact these projects will have on folks in our district.”

As part of the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative, DougCo Officials announced that the  federal funding would help create new allocations and programs:

  • A Walk-in Crisis Center to serve as an alternative to the emergency room for all ages. The facility will provide 24-hour walk-in crisis support, counseling, de-escalation, and information and referrals for individuals experiencing a mental health or substance use disorder crisis.
  • A Child and Adolescent Crisis Stabilization Unit will have 16 beds to serve youth, ages eight-18, experiencing mental health crises.
  • A Veterans’ mental health clinician provides support for Veterans with financial and geographic barriers to care.
  • A Suicide Prevention Grant Program to support data-driven statistics of high-risk individuals to help prevent suicide. 

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