Although we provide a variety of outpatient services, Inpatient Psychiatric Care is non-existent in the San Luis Valley. Individuals requiring inpatient psychiatric care often travel to Pueblo or Colorado Springs. This is not an option for many living within the valley. We believe that treating individuals within the community relates to more family involvement and better outcomes. To put this belief in practice the San Luis Behavioral Health Group developed a walk-in crisis center named the Mi Esperanza Wellness Center..
The Mi Esperanza Wellness Center is located at 311 San Juan Ave in Alamosa. This service is a bridge between keeping people safely in our community and sending them for psychiatric care elsewhere. Often individuals experiencing a behavioral/ mental health crisis go to the Emergency Room. The natural environment of the Emergency Room is driven by medical emergencies and is often overwhelming to those seeking behavioral health assistance. Through our partnerships with local emergency rooms, the Mi Esperanza Wellness Center provides a safe, calm space to receive attention and treatment from behavioral and mental health specialists.
The Mi Esperanza Wellness Center is a place people can go without feeling the stigma of having a behavioral/ mental health crisis. Providing a safe and private setting for individuals to receive the services they need to regain control. With an emphasis on recovery and linking individuals to services, SLVBHG can prevent visits to the ER or hospitalization outside of our community.
What services are provided at the Mi Esperanza Wellness Center?
- Education to reduce symptoms and improve functioning and access to other supports
- Trained staff to assist individuals in developing and/or enhancing coping skills and help support (family members, friends, etc.)
- Help individuals with mental illness or emotional crises to obtain ongoing care and treatment
When should you think about going to the Mi Esperanza Wellness Center?
- When you need extra support to cope with a stressful situation
- When you find yourself getting more anxious, depressed, and you are unable to function well and need help to feel more stable
- Call and ask to speak to an emergency services clinician if you are not sure if the Wellness Center is appropriate for you – 719-589-3671
FAQ: Frequently asked questions about the Mi Esperanza Wellness Center?:
What will happen while I am at the Wellness Center?
Staff will provide an assessment/evaluation with recommendations. These recommendations will include:
- Education on psychiatric and addiction conditions
- Professional and self-help alternatives
- Referral for continuing care following crisis resolution
- Other community services as needed
How do these services help people in a mental health crisis?
- Reduce symptoms and improve functioning through education and access to other supports
- Promote the safety and emotional stability of individuals with mental illness or emotional crises
- Assist individuals in developing and/or enhancing better coping skills and help support (family members, friends, etc.)
- Help individuals with mental illness or emotional crises obtain ongoing care and treatment
- Encourage services that may help individuals stabilize without having to go to an inpatient facility.
Many have asked why hummingbirds were chosen as the animal to be painted on the front of the building.
Throughout the history of the world, cultures have revered the hummingbird for its majestic presence, magical characteristics and spiritual connections and gifts. The Native American cultures depict the hummingbird as a healer, a bringer of light, and a carrier of luck, joy, and love.
Even their movement symbolizes the enjoyment of life and lightness of being. As their wings move to form a figure eight, a symbol of infinity and empowerment, they appear to defy gravity. Beating their wings up to 200 times per second, their surroundings appear frozen in time. Symbolically exemplifying how we must move beyond time, to heal the past, and fully center our presence and awareness in the moment of now.
The hummingbird, in all its glory, is a symbol of hope, healing, and recovery
If you or someone you know is in crisis or in need of immediate assistance, call 719-589-3671 24 hours a day 7 days a week You can also call 1 844-493-TALK (8255) to be connected with a specialist from Colorado Crisis Services.
NOTE: If it is determined that a community member needs psychiatric inpatient care, the SLVBHG team will assist the client in finding an appropriate placement. This could be in a psychiatric hospital or an Alternative Treatment Unit (ATU).