Colorado Veterans Health and Wellness Agency

In order to provide the most comprehensive service to our nation's service members as possible, the Family Care Center has established a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Agency that will focus on providing the same quality mental health counseling and therapy services to veterans with no other means of support for services. 

 

What services are provided?

 

Licensed, certified, and supervised mental health professionals will provide veterans with eight free mental health counseling and therapy sessions. Each of the clinicians working with the veterans in this program will be military-experienced and military informed. The purpose of this program is to provide veterans without other means of access to mental health care the support they require. While participating in the program, program staff will coordinate additional care through other available community resources, if needed. 

 

To determine eligiblity for these services, contact the Executive Director, Duane France, at (719) 540-2136

 

 The mental health of transitioning veterans is of major concern to employers, veterans, their families, and the communities in which they live. According to the U.S. Census, there is an estimated 81,330 veterans residing in El Paso County, Colorado. While the prevalence of mental health concerns in Post-9/11 veterans vary wildly, the majority of the studies indicate that anywhere from 5% to 20% of veterans will be diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, substance use disorders, or other associated mental health concerns. While not all of the over 80,000 veterans in the region are post 9/11 veterans, conservative estimates arrived at by comparing these two facts implies that there are between 4,000 and 16,000 veterans struggling with some form of difficulty related to their mental wellbeing.

 

While the care provided to eligible veterans at the local Department of Veterans Affairs is adequate, and provided by committed professionals, the overwhelming demand for services requires a significant amount of time before a veteran can be seen. According to an audit conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the average wait time for a new patient to receive mental health services was over 36 days in VA’s Eastern Colorado Health Care System. This indicates that there is a gap in services at the time when a veteran needs services the most, at the onset of distress and difficulty arising from mental health concerns. While the VA is attempting to address these immediate concerns through referrals to their Preferred Choice Provider and Veteran Choice provider networks, many veterans do not pursue this route due to an aversion to seeking mental health treatment, perceptions of more barriers which causes them to feel as though seeking help is to difficult, or because they are not eligible for these programs.

 

Who is eligible for this program?

 

Any individual who has served in the United States Armed Forces and are in possession of a DD214 are eligible to participate in the program. Veterans can be served under this program regardless of their characterization of discharge, length of time in service, or whether or not they have been deployed to combat.

 

Why time-limited services?

 

By providing a veteran the stability at the point of current crises, CVHWA is bridging the gap between the veteran’s immediate need for services and their ultimate long-term connection with services at or through the VA. We will work to ensure each veteran is connected to the care they need.

 

What type of challenges are addressed?

 

Beyond the typical challenges that area associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, the staff of CVHWA have experience in addressing the sense of purposelessness, hopelessness, depression, and other challenges unique to our veteran population.

 

 

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