News about services & upcoming events from Community Reach Center
A Note from the  CEO

Rick Doucet, CEO
Dear Friends & Supporters,

As Colorado's 72nd general assembly adjourned May 3rd, t he administration's actions made it clear that behavioral health is a top priority.

On April 8th, Governor Polis directed the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to develop a task force to create a " Behavioral Health Blueprint" by June 2020, with anticipated implementation of recommendations starting in July 2020. To date, the following three subcommittees have been identified: Children's Behavioral Health, Long-term Competency and State Safety Net.
As a continuation of the 2017 legislative session, the Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Study Committee represented a bipartisan effort to strengthen Colorado's response to SUD treatment and prevention. The result was the passage and signing of  HB19-1287 which supports establishing a treatment capacity tracker, a care navigation program within the statewide crisis hotline, and a new fund for expanding treatment capacity in rural areas. Governor Pollis is expected to sign four other bills to broaden funding and access to other aspects of SUD systems of care.

Community Reach continues to invest resources into SUD services and supports within our care continuum. I n addition to evidence-based therapies, our clinical staff incorporates physical activity into individualized treatment plans for clients seeking recovery from substance use disorder. Data supports our approach, evidenced by a study published by the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health in 2014 titled "Impact of Physical Exercise on Substance Use Disorders: A Meta-Analysis." The study measured four main outcomes:  abstinence rate, withdrawal symptoms, anxiety, and depression. Conclusions based on twenty-two separate studies suggest that moderate and high-intensity aerobic exercises can indeed be an effective adjunct treatment for those with SUD.

So, it wasn't a fluke that we branded Community Reach Center's new annual signature event "Reach For Recovery 5K - on the move for mental health awareness. " Whatever improvements policy makers are able to achieve in improved access to SUD treatment can be significantly enhanced with our own communities' efforts to promote physical fitness and resilience for us all.  Scroll down for more details!


Rick Doucet
Chief Executive Officer

Service Highlight
Community Reach Center Awarded Grant for Criminal Justice Training

The $15,675 award is through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response Grant from Colorado's Department of Human Services.  The goal is to: 1) provide training for criminal justice staff on administering naloxone to reduce overdose death, 2) reduce stigma around opiate use disorder (OUD) and medication assisted treatment (MAT) and 3) increase referrals to substance use treatment for individuals served by criminal justice treatment teams. 

Trainings will be provided through September 2019 for law enforcement and multi-disciplinary criminal justice teams in Adams County - including jail-based teams, community response teams, crisis intervention teams, sheriff or police agencies, community corrections teams, and diversion, probation or parole providers. The intended clients are Adams County  inmates with OUD and  individuals in the community with OUD who interface frequently with criminal justice/law enforcement professionals.
"We are pleased to receive this important funding through the SAMHSA State Opiate Response Grant. Community Reach Center has been active in addressing risks associated with opiate abuse, including developing a MAT program last year to help ease the discomfort of withdrawal," said CEO Rick Doucet. "We're eager to launch these trainings for law enforcement and our criminal justice partners to increase their knowledge of substance use disorders, with special focus on increasing their knowledge regarding MAT. "

New homes for Detox Services 
an d Crisis
Stabilization Unit

In April, Community Reach Center relocated its  Center for Detox Treatment  from Commerce  City to 2551 W. 84th Ave., Westminster, in the space formerly occupied by the Crisis Stabilization Unit adjacent to Community Reach Center's Walk-in Crisis Center. The same services are provided at the new location as the Commerce City location: monitored, safe and supportive  withdrawal management services  for drug and alcohol intoxication in a social detox setting 24/7/365. The Crisis Stabilization Unit has relocated to the Margaret Carpenter Center at 8801 Lipan Street in Thornton.  

Individualized interventions and after care supports at the Center for Detox Services are tailored around health and wellness education, recovery, coaching and referrals to appropriate treatment based on individual need. The facility is staffed 24/7/365 by a multi-disciplinary staff who specialize in substance use services to assist individuals in what is often the first step in their recovery process.

Why are the new locations a better fit for both programs? Because both the Walk-in Crisis Center and Center for Detox Treatment offer treatment modalities geared for a stay of up to 24-hours. The Margaret Carpenter Center is home to Integrated Residential Treatment and the Crisis Stabilization Unit, both of which are designed for longer stays in a residential setting.

Reaching Out to the Community

Mental Health First Aid training is a fast-paced, dynamic class that teaches you to recognize risk factors and warning signs for a range of behavioral health problems, including depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance use disorder and suicidal ideation.  Register today!

click here to register

FREE Speakers Bureau

Community Reach Center offers knowledgeable, engaging presenters who can speak on a variety of mental health-related topics. Examples of presentation topics include:
  • Identifying and Preventing Compassion Fatigue
  • Impacts of Trauma on Mental Wellness
  • Understanding the Realities of Mental Health Challenges
  • Integrated Care: The Mind and Body Connection
  • Substance Use Disorder: Stigma, Science and Treatment Options

...and many MORE!


And best of all, the Speakers Bureau is FREE of charge!

CLICK HERE to request a presentation for your company, school, church, or civic organization.

Donations accepted

  1. Travel Size Toiletries (for clients who are homeless and can only carry what they can keep on their person)
  2. Bus passes
  3. Underwear (New, unopened packages, all sizes, especially XL sizes)
  4. Socks (New, unopened packages, all sizes)
  5. Backpacks
  6. Food for client Food Banks located at various Community Reach Center facilities
  7. Sunshade tents for our Summer Youth Program and Day Treatment
  8. Artwork for waiting rooms 
Contact Evan Narotsky, or (303) 853-3472, or simply drop off at the Community Reach Center location nearest you.  Please include a note with your name and contact information with your donation so that you can be properly acknowledged!  (We are unable to accept used clothing, furniture or toys.)

Join Our Team!

If you are looking for a fulfilling healthcare career in the Denver area, we are looking for you! Our team is comprised of individuals who are passionate about helping others receive the care they deserve. Our employees want more than just a paycheck, they want to be part of something meaningful.

Community Reach Center is a top-tier behavioral health and wellness provider serving people of all ages at seven outpatient offices and more than 100 community-based sites throughout Adams County, Colorado.   The Center has worked diligently to preserve and promote a commitment to excellence, professionalism and integrity within our community healthcare system for more than 60 years - currently serving more than 20,000 individuals annually.  We employ more than 600 highly trained professionals committed to health and wellness.  
Community Reach Center is a leading integrated care partner in Colorado - meaning that mental healthcare, primary medical care and dental services are provided in one location at clinics throughout the north Denver metro area.  Additionally, Mountainland Pediatrics, Inc., an affiliate of Community Reach Center, provides primary pediatric care for children from birth through age 21, and is co-located with Community Reach Center's Child Development Center.

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