Links to Community Resources

Contact United Way 2-1-1

Accessing 2-1-1: Referrals on more than 4,000 health and human services are available to you through 2-1-1.  Callers can speak live with referral specialists and receive comprehensive community information by dialing the three-digit number 2-1-1.  2-1-1 is accessible in nearly 100 percent of land-lined home phones and is a free, confidential call. Most call centers have Spanish speaking referral specialists available. The 2-1-1 Colorado Collaborative works with phone service providers in Colorado to provide free access to 2-1-1 for all citizens of Colorado.

You can also access health and human services online by searching the regions where 2-1-1 is available in the 2-1-1 database.

2-1-1 Colorado Call Regions Contact Information

City, County Spokesperson Contact Center Information
Boulder County
Broomfield County
Barbara Pingrey President and CEO
Foothills United Way
Phone: (303) 444-4013
1285 Cimarron Drive, Suite 101
Lafayette, CO 80026
2-1-1 call center:
(303) 561-2111
or 1-866-760-6489 (Toll Free)
TTY/TDD: 7-1-1 or (800) 659-3656
fax: (303) 455-6462
Colorado Springs
Chaffee County
Cheyenne County
El Paso County
Park County
Lincoln County
Teller County
Jessica Johnson-Simmons
2-1-1 Center Manager
Pikes Peak United Way
Phone: (719) 955-0750
518 N. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
2-1-1 call center:
(719) 955-0742
or 1-866-488-9742 (Toll Free)
TTY/TDD: 7-1-1 or (800) 659-3656
fax: (719) 632-8139
Fort Collins
Grand County
Jackson County
Larimer County
Moffat County
Rio Blanco County
Routt County
Tracy Hays
2-1-1 Program Director
United Way of Larimer County
Phone: (970) 407-7051
424 Pine Street, Suite 204
Fort Collins, CO 80524
2-1-1 call center:
(970) 407-7066
or 1-866-485-0211 (Toll Free)
TTY/TDD: 7-1-1 or (800) 659-3656
fax: (970) 407-7011
Grand Junction
Delta County
Eagle County
Garfield County
Gunnison County
Lake County
Mesa County
Montrose County
Pitkin County
Charity Brockman
Western Colorado 2-1-1 Director and Child Care Resource & Resource of Mesa County Director Western Colorado 2-1-1
Phone: (970) 257-2203
2897 North Avenue
P.O. Box 20000-5035
Grand Junction, CO 81502
2-1-1 call center:
(970) 244-8400
or 1-888-217-1215 (Toll Free)
TTY/TDD: 7-1-1 or (800) 659-3656
fax: (970) 257-2219
Kit Carson County
Logan County
Morgan County
Phillips County
Sedgwick County
Washington County
Weld County
Yuma County
Chris Dowen
2-1-1 Director
United Way of Weld County
Phone: (970) 304-6194
814 9th Street
Greeley, CO 80631
2-1-1 call center:
(970) 353-8808
or 1-800-559-5590 (Toll Free)
TTY/TDD: 7-1-1 or (800) 659-3656
fax: (970) 353-4738
Metro DenverAdams CountyArapahoe CountyClear Creek CountyDenver County
Douglas County
Elbert County
Gilpin County
Jefferson County
Summit County
Stephanie Sanchez
2-1-1 Director
Mile High United Way
Phone: (303) 561-2239
2505 18th Street
Denver, CO 80211
2-1-1 call center:
(303) 561-2111
or 1-866-760-6489 (Toll Free)
TTY/TDD: 7-1-1 or (800) 659-3656
fax: (303) 455-6462
Baca County
Bent County
Crowley County
Custer County
Fremont County
Huerfano County
Las Animas County
Kiowa County
Otero County
Prowers County
Pueblo County
Diane Armijo-Moore
2-1-1 for Southeast CO Director, Senior Resource Development Agency
Phone: (719) 583-6611
230 N. Union Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81003
2-1-1 call center:
(719) 583-6611
or 1-800-762-6169 (Toll Free)
TTY/TDD: 7-1-1 or (800) 659-3656
fax: (719) 544-7831
San Luis Valley Area
Alamosa County
Conejos County
Costilla County
Mineral County
Rio Grande County
Saguache County
Jessica Johnson-Simmons
2-1-1 Center Manager
Pikes Peak United Way
Phone: (719) 955-0750
518 N. Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
2-1-1 call center:
(719) 955-0742
or 1-866-488-9742 (Toll Free)
TTY/TDD: 7-1-1 or (800) 659-3656
fax: (719) 632-8139
Southwest Colorado
Archuleta County
Dolores County
Hinsdale County
La Plata County
Montezuma County
Ouray County
San Juan County
San Miguel County
Tim Walsworth
2-1-1 Center Manager
United Way of Southwest CO
Phone: (970) 247-9444
PO Box 3040
Durango, CO 81302
2-1-1 call center:
(719) 955-0742
or 1-888-217-1215 (Toll Free)
TTY/TDD: 7-1-1 or (800) 659-3656
fax: (970) 257-2219

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PDF RESOURCE: Youth at Risk Resources

Links to Competent/Sensitive Services

Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs Resource Directory

The Commission has worked with the two Ute Indian Tribes in Colorado and the off-reservation American Indian people who live in Colorado.

PDF RESOURCE: Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs Resource Directory

Denver Indian Family Resource Center

The Denver Indian Family Resource Center was created to assist American Indian children and families in the metropolitan Denver area with child welfare issues. Its goal is to assist families to avoid involvement with the child welfare system. Where families have already encountered child abuse or neglect charges, the Center advocates for active efforts toward family reunification following the standards of the Indian Child Welfare Act.  The Center provides culturally appropriate services and intensive case management using a strengths-based and empowerment-oriented approach.

MORE INFO: Denver Indian Family Resource Center

Denver Indian Center

The Denver Indian Center, Inc. serves a diverse group of tribes, the majority of which represent the Southwest and the Northern and Southern Plains.  Most of the people served come seeking economic stability, education and security for their families. The Center continues to be a highly sought after location for the community to gather for powwows and various other activities held at the facility throughout the year.

MORE INFO: Denver Indian Center

Colorado Multi-Ethnic Cultural Consortium (CMECC)

A statewide coalition of health advocacy organizations working to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in Colorado.

MORE INFO: Colorado Multi-Ethnic Cultural Consortium (CMECC)

Servicos de la Raza

Servicos de la Raza provides comprehensive culturally relevant human services primarily to, but not limited to, the Spanish speaking population. Servicos provides direct services and serves as a primarily service referral channel for many human service organizations within the Denver Metro area.

MORE INFO: Servicos de la Raza

Asian Pacific Development Center

The Asian Pacific Development Center provides culturally appropriate health, mental health, and related services to the Asian American Pacific Islander community in three Denver and one Colorado Springs locations.  It employs a holistic approach to address the total well-being of individuals and families.

MORE INFO: Asian Pacific Development Center

Community Services

Colorado Child Mental Health Treatment Act (CMHTA/HB 99-1116)

The Child Mental Health Treatment Act (CRS 27-10.3-101, et seq.) was enacted into Colorado law in 1999 through House Bill 99-1116. The Act allows families to access residential treatment services for their child without requiring a dependency and neglect action, when there is no child abuse or neglect. To be eligible, a child must have a mental illness and require the level of care provided in either a Therapeutic Residential Child Care Facility (TRCCF) or Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF). The Act applies to both Medicaid eligible and non-Medicaid eligible children, although the application and payment processes differ.

MORE INFO: Colorado Child Mental Health Treatment Act

Colorado Integrated System of Care Family Advocacy Demonstration Program

In 2007, the Colorado General Assembly passed House Bill 07-1057, establishing

the creation of family advocacy demonstration programs in three sites for youth with mental health or co-occurring disorders who are in or at-risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system (see C.R.S. 26-22-101 to 106). Download the following PDF of the final evaluation for year two of the demonstration program.

PDF RESOURCE: Colorado Reference Guide Juvenile Screening and Assessment Instruments

The Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health – Colorado Chapter

The mission of the Colorado Federation of Families is to promote mental health for all children, youth and families. The Colorado Federation provides technical assistance on family involvement and participation, and wraparound and family advocacy services.

MORE INFO: The Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Colorado Chapter

MORE INFO: The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Substance Abuse Family Advocacy Groups: Other State Examples

Momstell’s mission is to promote awareness and eliminate the stigma of substance abuse through improving treatment, education, legislation, policy and prevention.  The goal is to join concerned parents and family members to work together for positive change regarding substance abuse issues.  Families must receive support services in order to effectively help their addicted loved one.

MORE INFO: Momstell

Time to Talk includes easy tips on how to begin conversations with kids along with ongoing conversations to keep them healthy and drug free. It includes a “Talk Kit” that helps begin conversations, know what to say and how to answer difficult questions.

MORE INFO: Time to Talk

Wisconsin Family Ties works to create greater understanding, respectful acceptance, support in the communities with families that include children and adolescents with emotional, behavior, mental health and substance abuse issues.

MORE INFO: Wisconsin Family Ties

Restorative Justice

Restorative justice is a compilation of principles and practices that come together to form an approach that involves all parties–the offender, victim, and community–to achieve justice. Restorative Justice brings the community, victim and offender together to repair the harm.

The guiding principles of restorative justice are:

  1. Crime is an offense against human relationships.
  2. Victims and the community are central to justice processes.
  3. The first priority of justice processes is to assist victims.
  4. The second priority is to restore the community, to the degree possible.
  5. The offender has personal responsibility to victims and to the community for crimes committed.
  6. Stakeholders share responsibilities for restorative justice through partnerships for action.
  7. The offender will develop improved competency and understanding as a result of the restorative justice experience.

MORE INFO: National Institute of Justice, Restorative Justice

MORE INFO: Restorative Justice Colorado, Restorative Justice Overview

The Colorado Forum on Community and Restorative Justice exists to facilitate understanding and implementation of restorative and community justice with the communities of Colorado.

MORE INFO: The Colorado Forum on Community and Restorative Justice

MORE INFO: Colorado Community and Restorative Justice Programs

MORE INFO: Restorative Justice Programs by County

MORE INFO: Restorative Justice programs around the state by the following services  

  • Community Accountability Boards
  • Community Healing Services
  • Community/Family Group Conferences
  • Family Group Decision Making
  • Peace Making Circles
  • Restitution or Restorative Restitution
  • Restorative Community Services
  • Restorative Decision Making Classes
  • Victim Impact Panels
  • Victim Offender Mediation

Senate Bill 94

In 1991, the Colorado legislature passed Senate Bill 91-94 (SB 94) to address the issue of overcrowding of detention and institutional facilities in the State’s juvenile justice system. This program authorized the funding of community-based alternatives to incarceration programs for juvenile offenders

Juvenile Assessment Centers

Juvenile Assessment Centers (JAC) are a single point-of-entry for at-risk youth and juvenile offenders to be assessed and referred to youth intervention programs in the community or screened for detention, depending on their needs.  Law enforcement can take juveniles to these centers for detention screening and a thorough assessment to determine appropriate interventions and supports that may be offered to prevent or decrease future problem behavior. These centers accommodate staff from multiple agencies, including schools, social services, mental health, substance abuse, diversion, probation, and prosecution, and often serve as the single point of entry for families seeking assistance with troubling behavior of their children. Assessment centers can be designed to serve a specific community or a region that encompasses several counties.

MORE INFO: Boulder County

MORE INFO: Jefferson County

MORE INFO: Arapahoe County

MORE INFO: Weld County Juvenile Assessment Center: (970) 351-5460

Mental Health Court

A mental health court uses a problem-solving process to provide community-based alternatives to incarceration for offenders with a major mental illness who are charged with offenses. It is based on a problem-solving model, rather than the more traditional adversarial court process. The problem-solving approach focuses on how and why the person became involved in the criminal justice system, and provides interventions to stop the cycle of incarceration. A mental health court uses intensive case management and mental health treatment for offenders to help them break the cycle of revolving-door recidivism.

What are the benefits of a mental health court? For offenders with mental illness, mental health courts have proven to help reduce incarceration in correctional facilities; reduce recidivism; improve the quality of life for individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system; improve public safety.  In doing so, we realize significant cost savings.

MORE INFO: 1st Judicial District

Juvenile Drug Courts

Juvenile Drug courts are defined as a drug court that focuses on juvenile delinquency matters that involve substance-abusing juveniles. Juvenile drug courts differ from adult drug court in that parents are involved in court proceedings and treatment is centered around the family while holding both the juvenile and parent(s) accountable to the court.  A Juvenile Drug Court is a court that has been specifically designated and staffed to supervise non-violent juvenile drug defendants who have been referred to a comprehensive and judicially monitored program of drug treatment and rehabilitation services.  There are currently 9 Juvenile Drug Courts across the state.

MORE INFO: Office of National Drug Control Policy, Drug Courts

Family Resource Centers

Community-based family resource centers provide a comprehensive and proven approach to improving health, social, educational and economic outcomes for entire families, not just individuals. The Center’s mission is to provide public advocacy, capacity building, and resource development to strengthen the statewide network of family resource centers as they bring help and hope to Colorado families.

MORE INFO: Family Resource Center Association

Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Programs

Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Programs improve the well-being of children by building community access across Colorado to fatherhood programs and services.

MORE INFO:, Fatherhood Programs

Medical Home

A medical home is not a building, house, or hospital, but rather an approach to providing comprehensive primary care. A medical home is defined as primary care that is accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective. Patients are cared for by a health professional who leads the health care team that coordinates all aspects of preventive, acute and chronic needs of patients using the best available evidence and appropriate technology.

MORE INFO: The Colorado Public Health Medical Home Initiative

School-Based Health Centers

A school-based health center is a health care facility located within or on school grounds. It is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of medical and behavioral health specialists. Dental professionals may also be included on the multi-disciplinary team.

MORE INFO: Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care (CASBHC)

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)

Crisis Intervention Training is 40 hours of specialized training for uniformed Law Enforcement Officers in how to respond to calls concerning persons with mental illness in crisis. The goals of CIT were to train law enforcement officers in the recognition of mental illness, to enhance their verbal crisis de-escalation skills, and to provide more streamlined access to community-based mental health services.

MORE INFO: Crisis Intervention Teams Association of Colorado (CITAC)

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is received or the crisis resolves.

MORE INFO: Mental Health First Aid USA

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Coalition/Conference

The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Coalition brings systems together to discuss common concerns and to devise ways to serve emotionally disturbed and mentally ill children more effectively, regardless of where they are, through collaboration, networking, and joint programming. The Coalition offers an annual conference.

MORE INFO: Colorado Child and Adolescent Mental Health Coalition


Wraparound is complex, multifaceted intervention strategy designed to keep delinquent youth at home and out of institutions whenever possible. This strategy involves “wrapping” a comprehensive array of individualized services and support networks “around” young people, rather than forcing them to enroll in pre-determined, inflexible treatment programs.

MORE INFO: Office of juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Wraparound/Case Management

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) typically uses a home-based model of service delivery to reduce barriers that keep families from accessing services. Therapists have small caseloads of four to six families; work as a team; are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and provide services at times convenient to the family. The average treatment occurs over approximately 4 months, with multiple therapist–family contacts occurring each week. MST therapists concentrate on empowering parents and improving their effectiveness by identifying strengths and developing natural support systems (e.g., extended family, neighbors, friends, church members) and removing barriers (e.g., parental substance abuse, high stress, poor relationships between partners). Specific treatment techniques used to facilitate these gains are integrated from those therapies that have the most empirical support, including behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and the pragmatic family therapies. This family–therapist collaboration allows the family to take the lead in setting treatment goals as the therapist helps them to accomplish their goals.

MORE INFO: Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a family-based prevention and intervention program for dysfunctional youth ages 11 to 18 that has been applied successfully in a variety of multi-ethnic, multicultural contexts to treat a range of high-risk youth and their families. It integrates several elements (established clinical theory, empirically supported principles, and extensive clinical experience) into a clear and comprehensive clinical model. The FFT model allows for successful intervention in complex and multidimensional problems through clinical practice that is flexibly structured and culturally sensitive.

MORE INFO: Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

Suicide Prevention

Suicide hotlines can be found at:

  • Call 1-800-SUICIDE / 1-800-784-2433
  • Call 1-800-273-TALK / 1-800-273-8255
  • Jefferson Center for Mental Health 303-425-0300, 1-800-201-5264
  • Mental Health Center of Boulder County (303) 447-1665
  • Pikes Peak Mental Health (719) 635-7000
  • Suicide Prevention Partnership, Pikes Peak Region (719) 596-5433 (LIFE)
  • Lis’n Crisis Hotline
    • Suicide / Depression Hotline (303) 860-1200
    • Youth Support Line (303) 894-9000
  • Arapahoe / Douglas Mental Health Network (303) 795-6187
  • North Range Behavioral Health (970) 353-3686
  • Larimer Center for Mental Health
    • Weekdays – 8-5pm (970) 221-2114
    • After Hours & Weekends (970) 221-5551
  • Pueblo Suicide Prevention Center
    • Help Line – 24 Hours (719) 544-1133
    • Teen Hotline (719) 564-5566 Mon-Fri – 5-10pm

In addition, the Second Wind Fund offers treatment services to at-risk youth to decrease the incidence of teen suicide nationally by removing financial and social barriers to treatment for at-risk youth and to create a network of local affiliates to provide services in their own communities.

MORE INFO: Second Wind Fund

Runaway Hotline

The National Runaway Switchboard crisis hotline is available 24-hours a day throughout the United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

The Switchboard provides crisis intervention, information and referrals and access to the Home Free project providing services to help out of state runaways return to their home state.  The crisis line is 1-800-Runaway.

MORE INFO: The National Runaway Switchboard