Members of the public interested in the services that will be offered at the new Larimer County Behavioral Health Facility can tune in to a virtual learning session on Wednesday to learn more about the new site, which is currently under construction and expected to open in 2023, according to a press release from the Larimer County Department of Behavioral Health.
The Learning Sessions, held on the third Wednesday of every month from July through November, will feature the same information, allowing anyone interested in learning more about the facility plenty of opportunities to connect.
Registration for the sessions, held between noon and 1 p.m. and called “Lunch and Learn,” can be found in the Behavioral Health section of the Larimer County website.
The behavioral health facility will offer a wide variety of care options for mental health crises and addictions, ranging from 24/7 emergency care to short-term residential treatment, as well as a relay clinic which will help patients to be discharged from the hospital. facility and ensure an appropriate long-term care plan.
Laboratories and a pharmacy are located on-site, allowing for seamless care in a single facility, officials said.
Several sessions for caregivers, first responders and health professionals have already taken place. Recordings of these virtual presentations are available on the Larimer County Behavioral Health website.
These records also contain workforce development information, as the county and SummitStone Health Partners, the group that will operate the facility, said they expect to need about 200 time-equivalents. full to manage the new site.
Cassie Demato, director of acute services for SummitStone Health Partners, said during a session that new hires should come from both the county workforce and people outside, from across the state and the country.
Additionally, SummitStone announced a new Physician Assistant Program in partnership with Meharry Medical College, a historically black medical school in Nashville, Tennessee, to provide more learning and care opportunities, as well as foster a more diverse workforce.
One of the main draws of the new facility to healthcare providers is its location.
Located in southern Fort Collins, just north of Loveland at the intersection of Trilby Road and Taft Hill Road, the new site will provide a place for patients who would otherwise need to travel to areas outside of the county to receive adequate care.
“As a clinician in the field for years, knowing that we’ve been sending people to Greeley or Boulder or wherever for years, having this in our own backyard is really exciting for us,” Demato said during the interview. one of the previous sessions.