Highlands Ranch residents now have a new way to address concerns with their emotional wellness after a mental health network recently expanded into the area.
AllHealth Network, which hosted an open house at the new Highlands Ranch location on Oct. 10, is a system of behavioral health clinics with 11 locations in Arapahoe and Douglas counties. The Highlands Ranch clinic is at 200 Plaza Drive, Suite 200.
The goal of the organization is to provide a variety of services to residents in the area including counseling, substance abuse recovery and medicine management. The clinic will treat all ages and conditions including trauma, anxiety, depression and other mental illness.
“Behavioral health is fundamental,” CEO Bill Henricks said. “It should be evaluated and assessed as often as we look at weight and blood pressure.”
The organization offers many services, including traditional psychotherapy, group therapy, specialized programs for schools, outreach for homeless people and assistance with law enforcement in dealing with mental illness. More details on services provided are available at AllHealthNetwork.org.
“With the growth of Douglas County, it's just become clear to us as we talk to law enforcement and health and human services that additional services were needed,” Henricks said.
The Highlands Ranch location will have seven therapists and one medical provider to start out, he said. It will also accept all major forms of insurance along with Medicare and Medicaid.
Most of the AllHealth Network locations are in Arapahoe County, but the organization just opened the Highlands Ranch clinic and an additional Parker location and is considering expanding with a second Castle Rock location, he said.
While most of the network's services are outpatient, there is an inpatient facility in Littleton, he said.
“I think there is an unprecedented demand for mental health services across the country,” Henricks said. “The demand for these services is outstripping current capacity.”
Henricks believes there are many reasons for this increase in demand.
“I do think people are feeling more alienated and less connected and that's causing people to feel depressed and looking for connection and sometimes looking to drugs or other substances to make themselves whole,” he said, “which tends to make things worse.”
One thing Henricks would like people to know about mental illness is that with treatment, people do get better, he said. He also thinks it's important for people to be supportive and sensitive to loved ones who may need to seek help.
Anyone interested in exploring the services available at the Highlands Ranch AllHealth clinic can call 303-730-8858. After gathering some information, an AllHealth employee will schedule an assessment and eventually connect them with resources like a therapist or medical provider.
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