About Us

We’d Love to Meet You

Monthly open houses

Four times a year, we invite you to learn more about what we do at free informational sessions we call “Enriching Lives and Minds.” Meet our President and CEO, Carl Clark, MD and several of our board members. Each month we feature a different program and you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

Information for upcoming events will be announced soon.

Contact Joanne Aiello for more information. 

Where Recovery Happens

Recovering CommunityThe Mental Health Center of Denver is known nationally and locally as a model for innovative and effective community behavioral healthcare. It’s a place where recovery happens. Our comprehensive system of integrated services uses a strength-based culture to engage consumers in their own personal recovery plan. Our goal is to enable adults to live more fulfilling and productive lives, children to be more resilient, and families to be happier and healthier.

Founded in 1989, the Mental Health Center of Denver is the community mental health provider for the City and County of Denver. The Mental Health Center of Denver is not a city or state agency. We are a private, not-for-profit organization 501(c)(3) that has a contract with the State of Colorado to serve the mental health needs of the citizens in the City and County of Denver.

Our mission—Enriching Lives and Minds by Focusing on Strengths and Recovery—guides our approach to treatment and underpins our philosophy that people can, and do, recover from mental illness and that treatment works. The Mental Health Center of Denver makes a difference in the lives of thousands of people every year. We envision a future in which the stigma of mental illness and addictions are lessened, in which individuals are diagnosed early and receive effective and compassionate treatment so that they can live full lives and achieve their personal goals.

We know that people can recover from mental illness and that treatment works to improve the
lives of people of all ages. Through multiple community sites, mental health providers in 18
Denver public schools, collaborations with community partnerships and home-based outreach,
we provide a comprehensive, innovative and accessible array of mental health, substance abuse
and integrated healthcare services to over 21,000 people annually.

The Mental Health Center of Denver is proud to be known as the place “Where Recovery Happens.”

We believe:

  • That people can, and do, recover from mental illness,
  • That treatment works to improve the lives of people of all ages,
  • That our work and mission are vital to our community, and
  • That the quality and effectiveness of our services saves our community money and makes
    it a better place to live.




Carl Clark, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer

Carl Clark, MD has served as the CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver since 2000 and became President and CEO in 2014. 

The organization created an innovative tool called “Four Mental Health Recovery Measures” that look for patterns to improve clinical practice and recovery outcomes for people with mental illness. This ground-breaking research is being adopted by other mental health centers throughout the United States and the world.

Dr. Clark is the past board chair for The National Council for Behavioral Health. He also serves on several boards, including the Colorado Coaliton for the Medically Underserved. He was also named one of five 2008 Livingston Fellows by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Clark is a practicing psychiatrist and an assistant clinical professor for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Among his numerous awards, he was named one of Denver’s 150 Unsung Heroes Making a Difference, received the 2008 Samaritan Institute Award, the 2006 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Colorado Psychiatric Society, and the 2000 Professional Man of the Year from the Colorado Business Council.
Dr. Clark earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Oklahoma.



Building a Better Future for All

You are critical to our vision

The Mental Health Center of Denver has been part of the community for decades and now we’d like the community to be part of our future.

One in five adults and one in four families in Colorado are in need of mental health services for conditions ranging from mild or moderate to severe. The need for mental health services in Denver is on the rise. We are treating more people than ever, yet tragically, we still must turn people away every day.

GROWTH – ENRICHMENT – RECOVERY is a campaign that offers individuals, foundations and corporations the opportunity to make a make a profound impact on the quality of life in our community by making a contribution to the Mental Health Center of Denver. Learn more about how you can help



The National Leader in Mental Healthcare

Recovering lives

We believe that people can, and do, recover from mental illness and that treatment works. Recovery means different things to different people. For one person, recovery may be landing a full-time job. For another person, it might be a safe place to live.

In order to tailor our services to the uniqueness of the people we serve, we developed a system called the Recovery Marker Inventory that clinicians use to track individual consumer’s progress in treatment according to eight critical areas. Consumers are also given the chance to evaluate their own status by answering a set of questions that gauge their perception of their own recovery.

The Recovery Needs Level is used to match people’s needs with the appropriate level of service. Assessments are done every three months to track consumers’ progress and identify the right treatment and support that will lead to their recovery.

By using these groundbreaking measures to track how people are doing, we have been able to increase our intensive services capacity by 25 percent as more consumers graduated to less intensive levels of treatment, opening slots for new people with critical needs. Increasing admission to intensive treatment services met a huge community need and didn’t cost any more money.

Learn more about the history of the our groundbreaking Recovery Outcomes on our Resource page and at Reaching Recovery.



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Place Where People Can Do What They Do Best

Creating a wellness culture

We live our mission of “enriching lives and minds by focusing on strengths and recovery” in everything we do by helping consumers reach recovery and helping our employees be the best that they can be. 

We’ve put staff support and development at the top of our priority list. Each employee takes a strengths finder test which identifies their top five natural strengths. Then employees and supervisors create an annual development plan that focuses on what they do best through continuing education and professional development. 

With this approach to creating a wellness culture, we have reduced our turnover rate from 34 percent to 12 percent and have become one of Denver’s Best Places to Work

“We find out what people are naturally good at, and we make sure they are able to use it in their jobs.”
Carl Clark, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mental Health Center of Denver