Health Briefs, July 24, 2012

West Central Public Health Partnership wins award

The Colorado Trust has awarded West Central Public Health Partnership with the 2012 Grantee Leadership Award.

The award is given to each year to one of The Colorado Trust’s current grant recipients. West Central Public Health Partnership is a 6-year-old collaboration of rural public health service providers in Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Ouray, San Miguel and Hinsdale counties. The partnerships’ goal is to bring those service providers together to streamline and strengthen health and environmental services in those counties. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment selected the partnership to serve as a model for public health collaborations in other rural areas.

The partnership is the sixth recipient of the award. The Colorado Trust is a grant-making group that supports health care and coverage initiatives in Colorado.

Colorado West recognized for treatment practices


Colorado West Inc., which provides behavioral and mental health counseling and therapy to patients in a 10-county area on the Western Slope, was recently recognized by the Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health.

The department’s C-Stat initiative, started in January to collect data and improve the department’s procedures, found Colorado West’s outpatient services led the state in number of clients completing treatment. Colorado West also has the highest number of clients in Colorado who reported significant decreases in symptom severity following treatment.

Colorado West also received high marks for keeping clients mentally healthy and employable and for treated substance abuse disorder clients.


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