Mesa County will soon have walk-in mental health and addiction crisis services again at West Springs Hospital.
The hospital's walk-in clinic will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday at West Springs Hospital, 515 28¾ Road, after initially shuttering at the end of August.
It will be open 23 hours per day and only closed from 4 to 5 a.m.
The center can serve people experiencing a crisis or emergency related to mental health or addiction.
Assistance can also be arranged by calling the hospital's assessment and admissions phone number at 201-4299.
Mind Springs Inc., the parent company of Mind Springs Health and the West Springs Hospital, was able to massage its finances in order to bring back the walk-in center, which the hospital will run, according to West Springs Hospital Executive Vice President Kim Boe. The center is not being funded by any additional grants.
"We were worried about folks who used to come see us and ask for help," Boe said.
The walk-in clinic had served much of the western region of Colorado through a contract with the state to provide behavioral health crisis services to several counties in the area.
When that contract expired in July, walk-in services were moved to a facility in Montrose.
Mind Springs came to an agreement with Rocky Mountain Health Plans to keep the center open through August. Rocky Mountain Health Plans took over the contract to oversee behavioral health crisis services in many of Colorado's western counties and shifted its focus to mobile outreach for crisis services.
Mind Springs Health later contracted with Rocky Mountain to provide mobile outreach crisis services to Mesa, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Moffat, Grand, Jackson and Routt counties and ran its outreach operation in the walk-in clinic space in the hospital.
It also offered emergency crisis services from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays in a nearby building.
The mobile outreach unit and the walk-in center will share a space within the West Springs Hospital, Boe said.
The walk-in center is open 23 hours per day, Boe said, because of different regulations for running a 24-hour operation.
It will have a smaller staff compared to earlier this year as Boe said some of the employees had been reassigned or found other work.
"For me, the important thing is to get it open and make sure people know we're here when they need our help," she said.