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For someone with an immediate life-threatening emergency call 911

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis:
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or
Call or text 988 or
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Explore the many local and online resources available to you

Meet the members of our alliance and our amazing team

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Like medical emergencies, mental health emergencies can occur unexpectedly.

Emergency psychiatric help is necessary for those whose clinical presentation requires treatment in an inpatient setting for their health and safety, such as:

If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or dial 911 in case of emergency.

For someone with an immediate life-threatening emergency call 911

The Teller County MHAP (Mental Health Assessment Program) team is made up of paramedics with training in assessment, verbal de-escalation techniques and crisis management, as well as a greater knowledge of local resources specific to mental health and substance abuse problems.

This team works to decrease the stigma around mental health and substance abuse problems and to streamline and increase access to care for these patients, while avoiding costly ambulance transport or an emergency room visit.

When should I call?

  • Medical emergency
  • If you or a loved one is experiencing a drug or medication overdose
  • If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis, such as:
    • Risk of harm to self or others
    • Significant emotional or behavioral changes
    • Impending or active withdrawal symptoms

  • Dispatch will gather basic information such as your name, phone number and address. In the case of a mental health crisis or substance use disorder, they will try to determine if there is also a medical crisis or risk to first responders while calling up resources. Once that is completed, dispatch will send responders to the scene of the emergency right away.  
  • Dispatch will send a specially trained paramedic to your location in an SUV or truck,  with an ambulance and/or firetruck, with appropriate resources. 
  • Depending on the circumstances of the call, a police officer or deputy may also be dispatched to ensure the safety of everyone on scene.  If a police officer or deputy is dispatched, their primary role is to make the scene safe for you so that a person in crisis can be treated by responding paramedics. 
  • Upon arrival, the paramedic will help you feel welcome and comfortable while they verify your identification and collect basic demographic information, as well as health insurance information, if applicable.
  • Next, our team will perform a vital signs assessment that includes temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, and pain assessment. If vital signs values are within guidelines, our team will conduct a mental health assessment.

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis:
Call 844-493-8255
Call or text 988 or
Chat online at

When should I call?

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Mental health or substance use crisis
  • Any other kind of emotional distress

These crisis lifelines  are confidential, free, and available 24/7/365, connecting you with trained crisis counselors

What will happen when I call?

  • You’ll hear an automated message while your call is being routed to your local network crisis center
  • You’ll hear some music while you are connected to a skilled, trained crisis worker
  • A trained crisis worker at your local center will answer the phone
  • This person will listen to you, understand how your problem is affecting you, provide support, and get you the help you need.
  • Counselor will assess risk and determine if a local mobile response is necessary


If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health or substance use problem, there are several resources available to find out more information or get connected with help.

Check out some mental health resources below:

Help Navigating Resources

Aspen Mine Center

Client case management, senior case management, Medicaid healthcare navigation, employment assistance, financial health, food pantry, thrift store, etc.
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Teller County Community Partnership

Client case management, Wraparound services, caregiver support, financial health, food pantry, parenting supports and classes, playgroups, cooking classes, etc.
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Mental Health Resources

Diversus Health

Mental health support services for children, adolescents, adults, and families seeking crisis services, psychiatric wellness, and more
Call 844-493-8255 or Text “TALK” to 38255 for crisis
Call 719-572-6100 for appointments and other needs

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Family Care Center

Comprehensive behavioral services, including therapy, medication management, and more
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Advocacy, Self Help, and Support Groups

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Mental health support services for offers peer-led and free programs and support groups for people living with mental illness and their family members
NAMI Colorado Springs
Mental health education
Peer-led support groups

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Offers peer-based, wellness-oriented support and empowering services and resources available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them
Find a local support group


Domestic violence/sexual assault support. Provides immediate safety for women and children in crisis .
For advocacy and crisis* 719-633-3819
For other inquiries* 719-633-1462

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Work with a group of men and women with a shared experience with the goal to recover from alcoholism
National Website
Meetings in Teller County


Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 988

Safe2Tell Colorado

An anonymous way for students, parents, school staff, and community members to report concerns regarding their safety or the safety of others
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NAMI Information Helpline

Staff and volunteers are prepared to answer your questions about mental health issues including symptoms of mental health conditions, treatment options, education and job programs and more.
1-800.950.NAMI (6264)
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The Trevor Project Lifeline

24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people (ages 13-24)
(866) 488-7386 or text “TREVOR” to (202) 304-1200
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Veterans Crisis Line

Free, 24/7, confidential support is a click away. The Veterans Crisis Line can help even if you’re not enrolled in VA benefits or health care.
Dial 988, Option 1 or send a text to 838255
Chat Online
Visit Website

About the Mental Health Alliance

The Teller County Mental Health Alliance (The Alliance) is a multi-organization collaborative supporting the mental health needs of the community.

The Alliance began in 2018 as a grassroots effort in response to growing community concerns about mental and behavioral health in the community.

By pooling individual resources and establishing a shared agenda, The Alliance orchestrates a coordinated set of actions to foster a resilient and healthy community.

We’d love to hear from you! Reach out to TCMHA with non-emergency  comments or questions.

TCMHA Advisory Council

Michael Rodriguez


UCHealth, Chief Nursing Officer

Michelle Wolff

Vice Chair

Director, Teller County Department of Public Health and Environment

James McLaughlin


Director of Community Paramedicine, Ute Pass Regional Health District

Christine Sines


EMS Liaison, Center for EMS Excellence

Ashlee Shields

Suicide Prevention Project Coordinator

Community Health Partnership

Darlyn Baker

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Bright Futures Psychiatry

Roberta Renfro

Manager, Healthcare Transformation

Diversus Health

Ted Borden

Executive Director

Community of Caring

Lynn Shull

Community Outreach Navigator/Community Member

Diversus Health

Tina Cassens

Interim Superintendent

Woodland Park School District

Cory Gorton

Vice President of Programs

Community Partnership

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