San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group Shares Integration Efforts

Valley Courier - Health Guide February 2016 SLV Behavioral Health Group (SLVBHG) has a longstanding and successful history providing behavioral health services in the San Luis Valley. SLVBHG has provided Behavioral Health services for over 40 years to the six counties in the San Luis Valley. As such, we have an in-depth knowledge of our valley [...]


“Boots on the Ground Award”

SLVBHG is an active member in the SLV Joint Interagency Oversight Group and proudly announces the "Boots on the Ground Awards" The San Luis Valley Joint Interagency Oversight Group (SLV Joint IOG) is pleased to honor two partner agency staff members with the “Boots on the Ground” award in recognition of employees who exemplify the [...]


SLV Behavioral Health Presenter discusses the harm in hurting

Presenter discusses the harm in hurting Tom Hays, M.A., with the SLV Behavioral Health Group, left, describes self-injuring behaviors during a lunch and learn presentation on Wednesday.   By RUTH HEIDE Courier editor Valley Courier January 7,2016 Volume 90 NO.4 ALAMOSA "Doesn't it hurt?"    "Feels better."    "Than what?"    "Everything else."    This exchange between actress Sandra [...]


San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group Completes National Trauma-Informed Care Practices Learning Opportunity.

Working closely with National Council and the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health System of Care Initiative, SLVBHG has trained over 90 staff (including customer service staff, management and board members) in trauma informed principles and approximately 50 of the clinical staff have received several trainings and certifications specifically designed to effectively treat trauma. SLVBHG Clinical [...]

Mind your matters: Distinguishing between ADD and normal “kid behavior”

Much to my son’s frequent dismay, my daughter-in-law Joy encourages their daughter to express a whole lot of personal creativity.  While she’s learned to draw and paint on appropriate surfaces, “Jordyn, the Gypsy” freely exercises her individuality in fashion: tutu’s and tiaras with pink cowboy boots are considered acceptable attire for school, trips to town [...]

May is Mental Health Month 2015

When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don’t wait years to treat them. We start before Stage 4—we begin with prevention. When people are in the first stage of those diseases, and are beginning to show signs of symptoms like a persistent cough, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, we try [...]

Responding to Community Needs: SLVBHG Substance Abuse Services

Responding to Community Needs: SLV Behavioral Health Group Substance Abuse Services San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group (SLVBHG) is excited to be able to expand its substance abuse services to help meet the needs in the San Luis Valley.  SLVBHG has a substance abuse team of 33 clinical staff, located around the Valley, that includes [...]

Psychiatric team heals body, mind and spirit

ALAMOSA Courier— San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group psychiatrists are healing the whole person. "I decided there is no health unless there is emotional and mental health, too" said  Laura Hays, PhD and board certified family practice mental health nurse who has been with group's psychiatric team for the two years. "I switched gears to include the [...]

SLV crisis services embrace expansion

SLV crisis services embrace expansion (article in Valley Courier) VALLEY After the tragic theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper set into motion a plan to improve mental health capabilities in the state.    The $10.3 million plan includes a statewide crisis hotline and Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Units across the state to help bridge [...]

Mind Your Matters – Who you Gonna Call?

Who You Gonna Call? SLV Behavioral Health Group has mobile response services 24 hours a day 7 days a week that respond to any crisis within the San Luis Valley. So what constitutes a mental health emergency or a crisis? Many people are confused about what a mental health emergency is and what to do [...]