Carnegie Public Library of Trinidad announced a new partnership with Health Solutions beginning in August, which will provide behavioral health care and treatment for patrons in Trinidad.

This care will include outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Health Solutions is a non-profit behavioral health treatment provider that serves adults and children in Pueblo, Huerfano and Las Animas counties. This partnership will allow the library to better assist and direct people to the appropriate care and services.

Starting in August, the library will host weekly Open Access to behavioral healthcare on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until Noon. Clinical Case Manager Dana Walsh will be onsite to answer questions, provide one-on-one support and offer resources to those patrons seeking services.

Beyond these hours, the library will offer remote access to Health Solutions staff via a confidential TeleHealth video call, thanks to a digital program called Lifesize. Through the Health Solutions iPad at the library, patrons will be able to virtually speak to a case manager who will guide them through their care options.

Carnegie Library Director Mallory Pillard said: “Health Solutions is enabling us to expand our offerings to support our library patrons and the community, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with them. We look forward to having Dana here to meet people ‘where they’re at’ to connect them to the services they might need. The library staff will also have peace of mind that they can steer tough questions about mental health to an expert. This partnership will be beneficial to everyone involved, and we can’t wait to get started.”

Health Solutions Trinidad offers individual and family counseling, group counseling, case management, medication management, medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders, and substance use counseling. The non-profit is licensed by the State of Colorado and is governed by a citizens’ board of directors, whose mission is to make available a comprehensive range of affordable and quality community-based behavioral health services. Health Solutions provides services at no cost to Health First Colorado Medicaid Members.

To get in touch with Health Solutions Trinidad, call 719-846-4416. To connect with Colorado Crisis Services, call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255.

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