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RMCP | A Mission Driven Organization

Committed to a higher social good and responsibility in services

Our Mission

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners is a statewide, 24/7, year-round, community-based system of crisis intervention services from which people experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse crises can be assessed, safely and effectively stabilized, and efficiently linked to appropriate follow-up care and services.

Crisis is a unique opportunity for life change.

Vision

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners, a regional system of crisis intervention, offers skilled, hope-filled care to individuals and families in crisis. We believe that whether it is the first or one of many experiences, if treated in an atmosphere of respect and compassion, crisis can be a unique opportunity for individuals and families to connect to life changing treatment, support and education.

Values

A readily accessible, highly responsive, easily navigated, crisis system.

A crisis system staffed by skilled and compassionate professionals and peers where those who seek services receive the highest quality, state-of-the-art, recovery-oriented, care.

A board of trustees and staff who embrace the belief that the crisis experience presents a unique opportunity for individuals and families to connect to life changing treatment and education, regardless if it is the first or one of many crises the person or family has endured.

A crisis system that operates as an independent , nonprofit, charitable organization inspired and held in trust by a board of directors who represent our community’s broad array of healthcare, public safety, public policy, business and advocacy stakeholders.

A system built on a foundation of civic pride and multi-party shared determination to secure long term solutions.

The use of evaluation not only to measure the impact of our services on individuals and systems, but to also insure our system and services continually evolve to embrace advances in healthcare, technology, and crisis care.

In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. - Dalai Lama

Guiding Principles for Highly Effective Statewide Crisis Response

In 2013, state action presented a historically unique opportunity to develop and operate a first-class telephone and in-person substance use and mental health crisis response system in Colorado so that crisis services are provided with individual dignity and in the least restrictive environment.

Such a system can and should be organized to have 24/7, 365 in-person access, triage and crisis stabilization telephone service along with regionally organized in-person crisis stabilization centers that also operate 24/7, 365.

Although the regionally organized in-person crisis stabilization centers may need to be organized and operated differently in different parts of the state, they should all contain common elements that all users experience such as rapid referral and referral tracking to appropriate follow-up services.

All services should reflect a recovery philosophy and its principles – self-direction, individualized and person centered, empowerment, holistic, non-linear, strengths-based, peer support, respect, responsibility and hope.

No element of the crisis intervention system should ever view seclusion and restraint as a treatment option, but rather a treatment failure, and these processes should only be used when all other safety measures have failed.

Access, triage and crisis response services are niche services, different from the provision of non-crisis treatment services.

The triage, access and crisis intervention system of services must be one from which all people experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse crises can be safely and effectively stabilized and efficiently linked to appropriate follow-up care and services unless such services clearly need to be provided in a hospital emergency department.

There should be no “wrong” doors for accessing these services.

All elements of the access, triage and crisis response system must have easy, consistent access to a comprehensive array of referral options in order to insure rapid entry into prompt, adequate follow-up services.

All individuals and families should be treated in an atmosphere of respect and compassion.

The system should be staffed by skilled and compassionate professionals and peers where those who seek services receive care that they and their families perceive as high quality, evidence-based and recovery-oriented, as evidenced by consumer and family surveys.

The crisis response system must be governed and staffed by those who embrace the belief that the crisis experience presents a unique opportunity for individuals and families to connect to life changing treatment and education, regardless of whether it is the first or one of many crises the person or family has endured.

All elements of the crisis response system should operate as independent organizations or coalitions of organizations inspired and held in trust by those who represent each community’s broad array of healthcare, public safety, public policy, business, philanthropic and advocacy stakeholders.

All services provided in the crisis response system should be trauma-informed and recovery-oriented, following the latest evidence-based approaches that are generally accepted by state and national authorities.

All services should include the incorporation of peer specialists and family members in all aspects of the governance, administration and delivery of services.

All parts of the crisis response system should support the efforts of law enforcement, community mental health, hospitals, and corrections through consultation, collaboration and triage.

Evaluation should be used to measure the impact of these services on individuals and systems, and to ensure the system and services continually evolve to embrace advances in healthcare, technology, and crisis care.