Adult Recovery Services

We believe that people can and do recover from mental illness.

The goal of the Mental Health Center of Denver’s Adult Recovery Services is to promote recovery by providing our consumers with the right treatment at the right time. Each of our clients comes to us with a unique set of treatment needs, goals and challenges. Our treatment options are designed to meet each individual right where they are and empower them to recover.


Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM)

Helping our clients recover from trauma

Many of our clients come to us with histories of trauma that contribute to their mental illness. The Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) is an evidence-based practice designed to facilitate trauma recovery among women with histories including sexual and physical abuse. This group-based program helps clients develop coping skills and social support and addresses both short-term and long-term consequences of victimization. It is designed to treat the symptoms of victimization, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and substance abuse. We also offer MTREM, a program based upon the same model that is specifically designed for men recovering from trauma and victimization.

To learn more, contact Adult Recovery Services at 303-504-6500.

Treatment Works

Using the Recovery Needs Levels Instrument, people are matched with services that best meet their needs. The Mental Health Center of Denver is nationally-recognized for this instrument which effectively determines what level of service a client needs to best promote his or her recovery. Based upon need, clients are assigned one of five different levels of service: 

  • Some people may only need a quarterly visit with their psychiatrist to review and renew their medications.

  • Others are matched to our outpatient level and regularly attend group and/or individual therapy sessions in addition to psychiatric treatment.

  • Consumers matched to our enhanced outpatient level of service are moving forward in their recovery, but still require the assistance of staff in handling housing, employment or other issues in the community.

  • Our community treatment team is designed for individuals who have just begun their road to recovery, have found stable housing, but who still require intensive case management.

  • Our high intensity level of service is for individuals who are or who have been recently homeless, hospitalized or referred to us by the criminal justice system.
“Homeless and afraid to ask for help, Richard ended up in the hospital because of thoughts of suicide."

Court to Community Program

A jail diversion program that works and saves the community money

Our Court to Community program is a jail diversion program designed to help both individuals with mental illness and substance abuse issues and the communities in which they live. People with histories of repeated misdemeanor arrests and court appearances resulting from their untreated mental illness are referred to the program by judges, public defenders and the Denver City Attorney’s Office. Participants are assigned a case manager to assist them in developing a treatment plan which commonly includes mental health and substance abuse treatment, counseling, medication management, stable housing and other services. Results show that the Mental Health Center of Denver’s Court to Community program is working:

  • Participants had 70% reduction in re-arrests
  • Resulted in 80% reduction in days spent in jail
  • Returned $2.50 for every $1.00 spent on treatment
  • To learn more about our Court to Community program by contacting Adult Recovery Services at 303-504-6500



Denver’s Road Home

Ending homelessness and restoring hope

The Mental Health Center of Denver has a contract with Denver’s Road Home, the city’s 10-year plan to end homelessness. Our referrals come to us through street outreach workers at St. Francis Center, the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and Urban Peak. Along with these organizations, we are part of the Denver Street Outreach Collaborative with the Denver Police Department. Our team’s mission is to engage homeless adults with mental illnesses and get them connected to housing and other services as quickly as possible to help them move toward recovery.

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