A key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the creation of “essential health benefits” that are required to be part of health insurance plans that meet the requirements of the ACA. And one of those essential health benefits are the preventive services that should be covered by such insurance plans WITHOUT additional cost to you if delivered by a doctor or other health care provider in the plan’s network of providers, including Mental /Behavioral Health services.
Mental Health Parity is about comparable treatment for people who need mental and behavioral health care. Both federal and Colorado law provide protections for consumers accessing mental/behavioral health services — requiring health insurance companies to cover services for mental/behavioral health conditions like they cover other medical conditions, like diabetes or heart disease — this is called “parity.” Parity laws prohibit health plans from being more restrictive with mental health, behavioral health, and substance use disorder benefits than they would be for medical and surgical benefits.
The Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance (SWCODA) website offers up-to-date resources available across La Plata County.
As of March, 26, 2020, the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center activated 2-1-1 Colorado to connect Coloradans with human service resources statewide.
Coloradans can reach 2-1-1 Colorado online at 211Colorado.org, by dialing 2-1-1 or texting your Zip Code to 898-211.
2-1-1 provides navigation services to resources such as:
Mental Health Support
Please still use SAFE2Tell if you want to report a student in crisis or connect with crisis response services.
Axis 24 hour Crisis
970-247-5245. Call and talk with a local therapist 24 hours/daily.
Axis Crossroads (Crisis) is still seeing patients in person.
Address: Medical Center at 1125 Three Springs Blvd. Durango, CO 81301
Colorado Crisis Services
1-844-493-TALK or for text support text “TALK” to 38255
Manna Soup Kitchen
Durango Food Bank
SAFE house (battered women’s shelter)
La Plata Youth Services
As school nears its end, we at The Grief Center of SW CO are accepting referrals for our summer grief programs for children and teens. We have scheduled two week-long grief camps for La Plata County and one for Montezuma County at the end of the summer. We are preparing for the possibility of a different approach this year, and our child therapists are currently holding our ongoing groups online and meeting with bereaved kids by phone or video in many creative and successful ways.
Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you or your child would benefit from grief services at this time. Although we work primarily with children bereaved by death of a loved one, we are expanding our services to include children bereaved by family illness, abandonment, deportation and loss of homes during this challenging time.
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing
Please see the included informative handout for families to reference should they need health care coverage during this time. This includes links to further information regarding enrollment in Medicaid through Health First Colorado, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) or support for financial assistance to buy private health insurance.