Homeless advocate calls on WellPower CEO to reduce long waits for mental health treatment
(Denver, Colo.) A formerly homeless woman who advocates for the unhoused has petitioned the WellPower CEO regarding long wait times for mental health treatment. Mary Anna Thompson created a petition on Change.org that calls on Dr. Carl Clark to implement changes to expedite appointments at WellPower, formerly Mental Health Center Denver. “When a person needs therapy, it can take up to six weeks from the time of intake to being assigned a therapist,” she alleges in the petition. “It takes a lot of courage to admit that you need help especially when mental health carries the stigma that it does.”
STAR alternative to Denver police response may expand services
(Denver, Colo.) A Denver City Council committee will consider Wednesday paying $2.3 million to Servicios De La Raza to manage a community engagement component for the STAR program.
Denver alternative to police response needs more bandwidth, councilmember says
A STAR team takes a break between calls.City and County of Denver. Denver City Councilmember Chris Hinds said Friday that the city’s alternative police response program, STAR, only is available for one half of 1 percent of those who need it.
Solutions Center gives homeless place to blow off steam
(Denver, Colo.) When homeless people suffer, they do so publicly. There is no private room they can walk off to and calm down. But now the city has a place for homeless people in duress. It’s called the Solutions Center, and it offers help to homeless people in crisis.
MHCD, now WellPower, offering free online counseling
(Denver, Colo.) Mental Health Center of Denver has a new name and a new service for people needing emergency counseling. The organization has rebranded as WellPower and is offering free online therapy sessions called TherapyDirect.