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ANotefromtheCEOA Note from the CEO
Dear Friends & Supporters,

We know that people with severe, persistent mental illness are more likely to need support from multiple healthcare sources than those without mental illness - partially due to side effects of medications that stabilize their mental health.  In 2016 we mark the ten year anniversary of a very productive partnership between Community Reach Center and Genoa - a nationwide, leading provider of on-site pharmacy services for behavioral health agencies. 
Located at Community Reach Center's Don Ciancio Building at 8989 Huron St. in Thornton, the pharmacy is available for any consumer or staff member. Genoa provides excellent customer service for our consumers - filling most prescriptions that do not require physician approval within 24 hours and even providing delivery service in certain circumstances.
Being able to meet all of our consumers' medication needs in one location is extremely important because it significantly decreases the possibility of dangerous drug interactions between medications prescribed for their mental illness and those prescribed to manage other medical conditions.  Special medication packaging is provided upon request, which is especially valuable to consumers with complex medication regimens.  Pharmacy staff can assist clients and staff with all types of insurance billing, including Medicaid and Medicare Part D.
We thank Genoa for providing such excellent, compassionate care for our consumers, and look forward to many more years of partnership.
Rick Doucet
CEO, Community Reach Center

CLICK HERE to read more about on-site pharmacy services provided at Community Reach Center. 
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We All Have Rough Days -
When is it Time to Seek Counseling?
by Cathleen Owens, LCSW - Brighton Outpatient Program Manager
Everyday stress stemming from work, family, school, finances, or other personal struggles can cause an occasional rough day for any of us. But sometimes that rough day stretches on for weeks, months or even years, creating major interference in our lives. How do you decide when your rough days are becoming unmanageable? How do you know when it's time to seek counseling?
To guide your decision, try asking yourself a few simple questions:
  1. Is it disrupting my typical sleeping or eating habits?
  2. Is it impacting my personal relationships?
  3. Are my problems getting in the way at work or school?
  4. Am I self-medicating with drugs or alcohol?
If you answer yes to any of the questions, then it may be time for counseling.
You may be thinking that only deeply disturbed people need counseling, or that counseling is not a financially viable option for you. The truth is that anyone can benefit from counseling at some point in their lives and many providers have funding resources for individuals who have no insurance or other means of paying for treatment.
There are many reasons why people seek counseling. Some come for support with symptoms of depression or anxiety. Some seek help to manage experiences related to trauma or a significant loss such as eviction, job loss, or the death of a loved one.  Others are looking for strategies to cope with chronic pain or illness. Some are looking for couples counseling to improve their relationships.  Others seek counseling to manage feelings of undue stress or sadness after the birth of their baby. Parents seek help for their children who are having trouble in school due to truancy, ADHD, or behavioral problems.
Therapists work with their consumers to create individual treatment plans tailored towards specific goals. In addition to private counseling sessions, therapists and consumers may develop a treatment plan utilizing therapeutic support groups or wellness activities. If your treatment plan includes medication, you will probably see a psychiatrist at least once every three months to make sure the medication is working for you.
It's important to remember that these struggles and feelings won't last forever. The success rates for most mental health treatments are higher than those for many medical conditions, making counseling an effective treatment option. The bottom line is that if you've been struggling with your emotional health and well-being with little relief for a while, help is available. You could start with your family physician. The Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council ( ) has contact information for most behavioral health providers in the state - an excellent resource for locating the mental health provider nearest you.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the Colorado Crisis Support Line at 1-844-493-TALK to speak to a counselor or peer specialist, or visit one of the six walk-in crisis centers located throughout the Denver/Boulder metro area for in-person support, information, and referrals. These confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call or visit to find the walk-in crisis services near you.
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Nominations are now being accepted for the 
2016 Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award!
Do you know of an amazing volunteer who gives hours of their time and talents to benefit the Adams County community?  What better way to honor his or her service than with a nomination for the Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award?
CLICK HERE for details.
Follow Community Reach Center's weekly BLOG and stay abreast of thought provoking articles on mental health and wellness.  Latest postings:  Youth Mental Health First Aid | How to Talk About Suicide | Six Common Misconceptions About Depression. 
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Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid Classes
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is a fast-paced, dynamic class that teaches you to recognize risk factors and warning signs for a range of behavioral health problems - PLUS a five-step Action Plan to provide basic assistance to someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
The MHFA course is designed for the general public. The Adult Module covers depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and substance use disorders.  The Youth Module is for anyone who is involved with adolescents and covers various mental health challenges common among youth 12 to 18 years of age.  All modules teach the evidence-based five-step Action Plan.
Community Reach Center offers MHFA classes monthly - FREE of charge for anyone who lives or works in Adams County. Join the more than 20,000 Coloradoans currently certified in MHFA. 
FREE Speakers Bureau
Community Reach Center offers knowledgeable, engaging presenters who can speak to your company, church or civic group on a variety of mental health-related topics.  Employers may be particularly interested in offering a presentation to their staff on topics such as "Stress Management," "PTSD", or "Understanding the Realities of Mental Health Challenges."
Most of the presenters have master's or doctorate degrees. And best of all....the Speakers Bureau is FREE of charge! 

9Health Fair
FREE Stress Management Screens provided by Community Reach Center at the following
 9Health Fairs:
April 9 (SAT)
7am to 12noon
Platte Valley Medical Center, Brighton
April 11 (MON)
7am to 12noon
Crossroads Church, Northglenn
May 7 (SAT)

7am to 12noon

Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center, Thornton



Community Reach Center is a top-tier mental healthcare provider with outpatient facilities located throughout Adams County, Colorado. Community Reach serves all ages. It is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Services include individual and group therapy, early childhood and school-based services, substance abuse treatment, emergency services, home-based senior services, therapeutic support groups, and more.  The Center is committed to integrating mental healthcare with primary healthcare.  Therapists are embedded in primary care offices throughout the community. 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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