Check out our Mission and Vision to learn more about our grassroots nonprofit organization. In 2016, several Crested Butte locals took their own lives. These losses were a tipping point for a community that has struggled for years with high rates of substance abuse and mental illness. To respond to the growing mental health crisis, community members convened to launch a community planning effort. CBSOM was born out of these conversations. An executive director was hired in October 2019, and CBSOM officially started.
CBSOM is committed to always collaborating and not competing with community partners to create an effective mental health system. We are not in this alone! There are many current efforts that promote hope, provide education, therapy and offer great resources. We do not intend to take over, duplicate or compete with existing efforts. We believe that through communication, collaboration and action that we can create more opportunities for hope in Gunnison County.
If you would like to learn more ways of how we can help you or a loved one in need, check out our Therapy Scholarship Program. If you would like to learn more ways you can help our organization, Get Involved here.
If locating and paying for therapy is a challenge for you, CB State of Mind might be a resource for you. Our scholarships pay up to 10 sessions with a partnering CBSOM therapist for people who are uninsured or under-insured. To see if you are eligible for a CB State of Mind therapy scholarship please see here to learn more about our program or contact us for more details.
If I reach out to CBSOM to learn more or complete a therapy scholarship application, is my information kept confidential?
Yes. Talking to any of our mental health professionals is completely confidential, fast, and free. And any information we receive by your completion of the Therapy Scholarship Application is HIPPA compliant and kept confidential.
In the first session, you will be asked why you sought counseling and or discuss a particular issue that led you to seek counseling. You will also be asked about your personal history and current situation along with a series of questions about your life. This might include your current symptoms, etc. It is an opportunity to ask questions and be open and honest about your feelings. Counseling focuses on specific issues and is designed to help a person address a particular problem, such as addiction or stress management. It is more short-term than therapy.
Our CBSOM therapists are located in private offices or via Telehealth in Gunnison County to assist you. Some offices have a waiting room and others do not. Your therapist can space out appointments if you are concerned about seeing someone that you may know. A therapist cannot confirm or deny that you are seeing counseling with anyone unless you provide informed written consent. You legally cannot be fired for seeking mental health treatment. There are laws in place to protect you from these concerns.
Check out our CBSOM Approved Therapists to learn more about each therapist and to help you find a therapist who may best fit your needs. There, you will also be able to find their address and their contact information to reach out to them directly to learn more about their specific locations, waiting room set-ups, etc. to ease your concerns.
There are many resources available to you to assist you with a specific concern you may have. See Mental Health Resources for more details.
CBSOM is here to help guide you to resources to help you. No matter what your story is, there is help that is confidential, professional and immediate. Support for any mental health substance abuse, or emotional concern. Check out Find Help for more details.
If you find yourself, a friend, or loved one in a crisis you can reach out to the 24- hour crisis hotline at 1 (844) 493-8255 or text the word ‘TALK” to 38255. Otherwise, call 911 and/or proceed to your nearest emergency room. If you are unable to locate someone in a crisis, contact the local police department for a welfare check. Additionally, if you suspect weapons may be involved please do not attempt to disarm them. Instead, call the police at (970) 349-5231 or the Mt. Crested Butte Police at (970) 349-6516.
When you call 911, your call will be routed to either the local police department that is paired with an on-call crisis responder to triage your mental health crisis or to the 1-844-493-8255 number which then routes your call to an on-call crisis therapist in your county to respond to your situation as needed. This might look like helping you to outreach CBSOM for 10 free counseling sessions if you are uninsured and or underinsured or to the Center for Mental Health to schedule a follow-up appointment or with your already established therapist if your crisis is able to be managed until your appointment. If it is more acute the on-call crisis clinician may arrange to have the mobile crisis unit come to your place of residence to do a welfare check or direct you to the nearest emergency room. Each case is assessed depending on the need to ensure your safety and well being.
You are able to make a donation to a particular individual that qualifies for our program. However, due to HIPPA laws and regulations, you will not be privy to their treatment or know if they have attended their sessions unless they sign a release stating that the therapist may release this information. This is not a recommended practice. Also, children ages 13 and older are able to consent to treatment without the consent of their parents in the state of Colorado. However, for the purposes of our Therapy Scholarship Program, they will need the consent of their parents if they are under the age of 18.
Yes, you may be able to do this. Due to HIPPA laws and regulations, you (as a business owner) are not privy to your employee’s treatment and cannot know if they have or have not attended therapy. You may request that all therapy be conducted through Crested Butte State of Mind’sTherapy Scholarship program if our organization and your business have entered into a contract to be the preferred provider.
You don’t have to be an expert to talk to someone who isn’t doing well and be assured you will not make things worse. You may feel uncomfortable talking to someone about your concerns regarding their mental health, but simply letting them know you care can make a difference in how they are feeling, and may help you start a conversation. By talking and listening, you can create an opportunity to encourage someone to seek help. Everyone experiences mental health issues at some time in their lives, and it is imperative to understand that just being there for someone can save a life. See Tips for Starting a Conversation for more information. It is always important to put the crisis in the hands of a trained professional as it takes that responsibility off yourself and creates a safe boundary for you to be able to support your loved one as a concerned person in their life and not as a trained professional. If you find yourself, a friend or loved one in a crisis you can reach out to the 24- hour crisis hotline at 1 (844) 493-8255 or text the word ‘TALK” to 38255. Otherwise call 911 and/or proceed to your nearest emergency room. If you are unable to locate someone in a crisis, contact the local police department for a welfare check. Additionally, if you suspect weapons may be involved please do not attempt to disarm them. Instead, call the police at (970) 349-5231 or the Mt. Crested Butte Police at (970) 349-6516.