How do I know if I need counseling?

Counseling may be appropriate if you or your family member are experiencing thoughts, emotions, or behaviors that are troublesome or affecting your relationships either at work, home, or school. Counseling helps persons who are experiencing worry, stress, loss of sleep, or unusual weight loss or gain. Counseling can be very helpful when alcohol and/or substances are interfering with the quality of your life.  If you are not sure if counseling is right for you, you can ask your physician or you can always call us to ask questions and/or request a screening. Call 589-3671 and ask to speak to a care coordinator for more information.  For more questions on the counseling process please go to the FAQ.

How do I get started?

Your first step is to complete client registration by calling  719-589-3671.

Registration may also be completed two different ways:  on a walk-in basis in Alamosa on Monday through Thursdays 1:00-4:00 pm and Fridays from 8 am-12 pm. If you need a substance abuse intake you can walk in Tuesday and Thursdays 8-12.

The second option for registration is to call us and make an appointment.   

Your first appointment is called an intake.  A counselor will ask you questions about yourself, complete all the paperwork, and assess what kind of treatment will be best for your concerns. You will receive information about mental health center privacy policies at this time, and together you and your counselor will work on treatment goals. Call 719-589-3671 for questions or to schedule an intake.

Bilingual and American Sign Language services are available–please call 719-589-3671 and let us know what your specific needs are.

Emergency services are available 24 hours a day for assessment/intervention in crises that may be related to one’s mental health.

How do I pay?

The San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group accepts Medicaid, Medicare, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and many private insurances for both mental health and substance abuse treatment. A sliding fee scale is available and is based on your family size and income.  No one will be denied access to services due to inability to pay. Please speak to our business office concerning your specific circumstances.

What other services are available?

The Center offers many programs and classes for adults, families and children.  We also work with agencies in the valley so that we can provide the support and resources you need to be healthy and productive. Our services are described with more detail in Services and Programs.