Glenwood Springs, Colo. (July 6, 2020) – Now, more than ever, behavioral health services are in greater need, as is necessary funding to ensure all residents of Western Colorado have access to quality care.  Mind Springs Health, the largest provider of behavioral health services on the Western Slope, is pleased to announce the launch of the Mind Springs Foundation, which serves as the philanthropic arm of both Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital.

“While we began the process to create the Mind Springs Foundation well before the first COVID-19 case in Colorado, the timing of the newly created 501(c)(3) is welcome, as research is showing us that there will be a significant increase in demand for behavioral health services as our state and nation continue to cope with the ramifications of this virus,” said Roger Sheffield, president of Mind Springs Foundation.  “The Kaiser Family Foundation, the Centers for the Disease Control, and other research organizations have determined that nearly half of all Americans are experiencing mental health impacts due to COVID-19.  In addition, substance use and addiction are on the rise as well.  As families open their doors to rejoin their communicates, Mind Springs Health’s doors are open, as always, to provide support during these difficult times.”

All gifts to Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital are now directed and receipted through the new Foundation, which will help alleviate confusion and will provide an easier process for donors making philanthropic gifts.  The Foundation will create greater program transparency, while allowing the Mind Springs Health organization to support mental health programming and efforts throughout Colorado in the future.

“I couldn’t be more proud to support the Mind Springs Foundation, both financially and as a Board Member,” said Glen Jammaron, president of Alpine Bank and the inaugural chair of the Mind Springs Foundation Board of Directors.

While donations will be made through the Foundation, donors can still designate where their investments are directed.  For example, donors can specify their gift to go to West Springs Hospital, the only in-patient psychiatric facility between Denver and Salt Lake City.  Gifts can be made to help support the newly constructed Women’s Recovery Center, an addiction treatment facility in Clifton, Colorado, opening in late July.  Donors can also direct their financial contributions to one of the 12 Mind Springs Health outpatient offices in the 10-county region the organization serves.

“As more Coloradoans are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, increased anxiety, addiction, and other issues, Mind Springs Health will continue to provide both in-person therapy, as well as telehealth services, to those in need of behavioral health services,” said Sheffield.

To learn more about the Mind Springs Foundation, including current funding initiatives or how you can make a difference through a financial gift, visit www.MindSpringsFoundation.org or call 970.384.3042.

Mind Springs Health is the Western Slope’s largest provider of counseling and therapy for mental wellness and assists individuals and families dealing with and recovering from substance abuse and addiction. Covering a 23,000-square mile area in Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit counties, Mind Springs Health offers a continuum of mental health care with crisis response services, 12 offices for outpatient treatment, and West Springs Hospital, the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City.

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