SummitStone Health Partners of Larimer County plans to open a 16-bed residential treatment center in Fort Collins to fill a gap in substance abuse and mental health services.
Garcia House, named after former SummitStone board president and licensed clinical social worker Fred Garcia, could break ground within a couple months at the corner of Patton and East Elizabeth streets, near Poudre Valley Hospital, spokesman Nathan Groathouse said.
SummitStone, which provides mental health and addiction services in Larimer County, has a crisis facility and mental health program near the proposed center. The new treatment center will create a three-building campus of services in close proximity.
The Fort Collins Planning & Zoning Board in October approved plans for Garcia House that will provide inpatient treatment for eight men and eight women for up to 90 days.
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Though the need for residential treatment beds is greater than 16, Groathouse said Garcia House “is a step in the right direction.”
SummitStone’s new facility will complement Larimer County’s voter-approved behavioral health center, expected to open in 2022, that will include 64 beds with a 30-day residential limit. SummitStone, in partnership with UCHealth, will provide services at the much anticipated regional treatment facility that will include a detox center.
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“There is a gap in treatment,” particularly in the middle- to long-term 90-day stay, Groathouse said. Currently, people who need longer term detox are sent to Greeley. “It will be nice to have this interim piece,” Groathouse said.
Garcia House will be built primarily with state funds, Groathouse said. The cost of the facility was not immediately available. The facility will employ 12 to 14 people and be staffed 24/7.
This story has been corrected. Fred Garcia is the forrmer board president and licensed clinical social worker at SummitStone. His occupation was incorrect.
Pat Ferrier is a senior reporter covering business, health care and growth issues in Northern Colorado.
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