Updated: Feb 25
In the spring of this year, FEMA classified the COVID-19 pandemic a national disaster and identified the need for a nation-wide mental health response. To meet this need, FEMA initiated a Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) grant. The state of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) then sought mental health partners from across the state. Jefferson Center is one of the several organizations that comprise the state CCP team, which has been given the name “Colorado Spirit”.
Jefferson Center has provided community mental health services to Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties for more than 60 years. Now, Jefferson Center is pleased to introduce our new COVID-19 relief program, Colorado Spirit, to help Coloradans recover from the challenging disruptions caused by COVID-19. Colorado Spirit is a community-based support program that provides free and confidential mental health support during the pandemic. Our trained crisis counselors are here to help community members understand and manage stress, develop coping strategies, and connect them with other resources they might need through individual & group support, referrals, educational content, and other COVID-19 relief services.
WHO WE ARE
Our dedicated Colorado Spirit Team is comprised of the following individuals:
Program Manager: Charles Floyd
Clinical Team Lead: Chelsea Vibert
Senior Care Specialist: Muneer Kirmani
Crisis Counselor: Megan Kearns
Crisis Counselor: Jennifer Jordan
Community Outreach/Resource Line Coordinator: Sarah Greenbaum
Community Outreach Liaison: Louie Pinkerton
Marketing Specialist/Web Management: Ryan Nelson
Financial Manager/Data Input Specialist: Sanya Shrestha
WHAT WE DO
The Colorado Spirt team’s main goal is to create connections within our surrounding areas with local government, community organizations, faith-based organizations, groups, and individuals in relation to providing support surround the impact of COVID-19. Colorado has faith in the collective strength and resilience of our community. As a leader of mental health in Colorado, we are committed to addressing mental health concerns and supporting community members through this crisis. All of our services are free and confidential. Our services include:
Individual and Group Crisis Counseling—Helps survivors understand their reactions, improve coping strategies, review their options, and connect with other individuals and agencies that may assist them.
Public Education—Information and education about typical reactions, helpful coping strategies, and available disaster-related resources.
Community Networking and Support— Relationship building with community resource organizations, faith-based groups, and local agencies.
Assessment, Referral, and Resource Linkage—Adult and child needs assessment and referral to additional disaster relief services or mental health or substance abuse treatment.
Development and Distribution of Educational Materials—Flyers, brochures, tip sheets, educational materials, and web site information developed and distributed by CCP staff.
Media and Public Service Announcements—Media activities and public messaging in partnership with local media outlets, state and local governments, charitable organizations, or other community brokers of information.
Jefferson Center’s Colorado Spirit team is here for you. Offering free and confidential support, we can help you with counseling tips and strategies to cope successfully and referrals to additional mental health resources. Call us if you need to talk at 720-731-4689 or email us at cospirit.org.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please call 1-844-493-8255 or visit our 24/7 crisis walk-in center at 4643 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.