2018 Report to the Community – Dr Clark Letter

"Our focus on well-being has distinguished the Mental Health Center of Denver as a national leader in behavioral health and a trailblazer among Denver’s health and wellness movement."
Dr. Carl Clark, President & CEO

 

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"Our focus on well-being has distinguished the Mental Health Center of Denver as a national leader in behavioral health and a trailblazer among Denver’s health and wellness movement."
Dr. Carl Clark, President & CEO

A Letter from Dr. Carl Clark

At the Mental Health Center of Denver, we believe everyone wants to be great, and we focus on the strengths of our staff and the people we serve. I believe it is our strengths-based philosophy that has led The Denver Post to name us a “Top Work Place” for six years in row.

Our organization is proud to focus on improving access to care, prioritizing health equity, elevating diverse perspectives and working across difference. Our focus on well-being has distinguished the Mental Health Center of Denver as a national leader in behavioral health and a trailblazer among Denver’s health and wellness movement. It is through our partnerships with community members, organizations and civic leaders that we continue to improve our community’s well-being and make this city a healthier and more meaningful place to live.

Accomplishments in 2018 | Nationally Recognized Models of Care


Sanderson Apartments
In August of 2017, we opened the Sanderson Apartments, a 60-unit apartment complex in Southwest Denver. This innovative project was funded through a financial tool called social impact bonds, which invests individual and foundation dollars into social initiatives and delivers a return to investors based on meeting the goals of the initiative. In late 2018, an independent report showed continued success of residents at Sanderson Apartments maintaining housing stability, activating a second payment to the social impact bond investors. 

Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being
In April, we were awarded the 2018 Excellence in Behavioral Health Care Management Award from the National Council for Behavioral Health. The award, presented in front of more than 500 behavioral health executives from across the country, celebrated Dahlia Campus as “more than just a mental health facility, as it boasts a greenhouse, gardens, a pediatric dental clinic, a gym and a pre-school – all to increase the community’s food security, dental health and, of course, mental health care.”

In 2018, Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being was also named a finalist for one of Fast Company Magazine’s 2018 World Changing Idea Awards.

Co-Responder Program
Our nationally-recognized co-responder program is a partnership with the Denver Police Department, where licensed social workers ride along with police officers and respond to calls regarding individuals who may be in crisis. The results of this program are astounding. During FY2018, we responded to nearly 1,000 calls, and 99% of the people avoided arrest.  In 2018, the co-responder program expanded across Denver, ensuring every police district in the city has a social worker available to respond to mental health calls.

A Focus on Partnership & Innovation
We know that successful companies and organizations must be focused on the future to prepare for changes in their industry. That is why we are sharpening our focus on partnership opportunities and technology solutions that will allow us to expand access to mental health care across the city and region.

In 2018, Colorado’s Medicaid program changed how care is delivered and financed for more than 1 million people across the state. This change has led to a deepening partnership with Denver Health, Children’s Hospital, and Kaiser Permanente, and is ensuring that more people have access to the behavioral health care they need. This partnership, commonly referred to as the Regional Accountable Entity (RAE), is responsible for coordinating members’ care, ensuring people are connecting with primary and behavioral health care, and developing regional strategies to improve care. I am happy to report that the first year of this new partnership has been successful, and our organization is in a strong position financially to continue enriching the well-being of Denver residents.

In a tremendous win for the Denver community, voters passed the Caring 4 Denver initiative, which levies a .25% sales tax, providing $45 million each year for mental health care and substance use disorder treatment. Caring 4 Denver will dramatically increase access to care, activate new partnerships and promote well-being across our city.

The Science of Well-Being
The most popular course ever offered by Yale University is online for free. The Science of Well-Being is a 10-week course which includes videos, readings and daily ‘re-wirements’ – activities to enhance the course learning. Just like our physical health, our mental health is not static, and requires active attention to flourish. I invite you to join me in taking this course.

My Deepest Thank You
I want to thank all of our partners, board of directors, funders, staff and the people and communities we serve. We could not do this work without you. Together with our partners, the Mental Health Center of Denver is making huge strides towards creating a community where everyone has access to the care they deserve, a home where people are seen in the light of their strengths, and a city that values innovation, inclusivity and well-being. Thank you for helping us move this work forward.

In Partnership,

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Carl Clark, MD
President & CEO

Mental Health Center of Denver

Board of Directors
Served July 1, 2017 – January 31, 2019

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Ann Boyd

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Debra DeMuth, CPA
Vice Chair, Board Treasurer

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Luis Duarte, MBA

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Charles Everill, MBA

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Velvia Garner
Emeritus Member

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Nancy Gary, PsyD
Lifetime Member

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Mary Haynes
Board Secretary

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Ryan Kirkpatrick, MBA

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Peggy Kozal, JD

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Marjorie Lewis, PhD, Dmin

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Robert Parks

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Theresa Piarrot

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Hannah Schechter, PhD

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Bruce Schroffel, MPH, MS

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Rick Simms, CPA, CGMA 
Recent Past Chair

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Edie Sonn, MPP
Board Chair

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Les Wallace, PhD

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Barbara Yondorf, MPP