FAQs about SLV Mental Health /Substance Abuse Services
What should I do in a mental health crisis?
Call 911 for police assistance if the situation is life threatening or if it looks like someone may get hurt. If there is no immediate physical danger, call the Crisis Number at 719-589-3618 and our 24 hour emergency services staff will help you get the help you need.
What types of mental health services does SLV Mental Health offer?
See About our Services under Programs and Services.
Does mental health treatment work?
YES! Treatment works!
- The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective. Between 70 and 90 percent of individuals have a significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of medicine and psychosocial treatment and supports.
- For children and adolescents, research shows improved functioning and school performance, improved quality of life, and reduction in violence and self-destructive behaviors.
- Treatment also decreases recidivism rates for adults and juveniles previously incarcerated in correctional facilities.
Where can I get information/education about mental illness?
- Mental Health Information under Resources for information on specific mental health illnesses/treatments.
- See Helpful Links for more resources and organizations that specialize in mental health.
What is the San Luis Valley Mental Health and how does it provide services?
What do I do if I have a complaint about San Luis Valley Mental Health services?
See Client Complaints under Client Services.
How can I get help with housing?
Mental health case managers often help their clients work on housing issues. Some mental health agencies have specialized housing available for their clients who may find it useful for a time to live in a place where mental health help is quite close. See housing.
I (or my family members) speak limited English. Are translation services available?
All agencies offer language translation services, including services for deaf and hard of hearing clients. Translation services are available upon request at no charge to you. If you need an interpreter, please let us know.
Do mental health providers respect cultural differences?
Respect for cultural differences is a value of SLV Community Mental Health Center. Our community mental health center has staff who speak Spanish. We seek help from cultural experts in order to better understand your culture and provide services that are culturally appropriate. If you have questions specific to your culture, call 719-589-3671 and we can discuss how to best meet your needs.