Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit

Our Treatment Philosophy Our goal is to maintain and improve each patient’s quality of life and enhance the patient’s self-respect and dignity. Consistent with our holistic treatment philosophy, equal emphasis is placed on the healing of mind, body, and spirit.

We place great value on family involvement in the treatment process. Participation in community support groups is also encouraged.

Program Content

In group and individual sessions, the program focuses on the stressful issues associated with aging such as grief, loneliness, coping with illness or physical disability, changing roles and status, death and dying and conflicts with adult children.

Hope and Direction

The behavioral health unit at Colorado Plains Medical Center is designed to diagnose and treat the complex problems of adults 55 years or older.

In our program, each patient has a treatment team of medical and clinical professionals. They work together to pinpoint the nature of the program and help the patients and their families begin the recovery process.

We Provide
Initial Assessment: A confidential assessment is performed by a Mental Health Professional at no cost to assist in determining the need for treatment.

Diagnosis: A comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s physical, mental and emotional condition forms the basis for diagnosis and treatment planning.

Our Services
  • Comprehensive medical and psychiatric evaluation.
  • Individualized treatment plan.
  • Individual, group, and family therapy.
  • Family participation, including education and therapy.
  • Coping and life skills training.
  • Activity therapy groups.
  • Therapeutic exercise/stress reduction.
  • Pastoral counseling.
  • Medication management and education.
  • Individualized Continuing Care Plan for discharged patients and their families
Warning Signs

If someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms below, call the Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit for a confidential assessment
  • Depression
  • Marked personality changes
  • Numerous, unexplained physical ailments or changes in eating and sleeping patterns
  • Confused thinking, inability to concentrate and/or memory loss
  • Excessive fears, anxieties or suspiciousness, increased nervousness
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, and others
  • Abuse of alcohol or medications
  • Growing inability to cope with daily living resulting in unsafe behaviors
  • Hallucinations, hearing voices
How are Referrals Made?

Directly or by phone to our staff:
  • By individuals or family members
  • By residential care centers, service agencies, or mental health providers
  • By primary care physicians or other physician specialists
For a confidential screening call: (970) 867-3391.

What resources exist outside inpatient care?
In
August of 2012, the department expanded its number of beds and added a new Intensive Outpatient Program called Healthier You.  The Healthier You program is designed to treat adults age 55 and older who have a primary psychiatric diagnosis which interferes with their daily functiong.  This intensive outpatient program (IOP) incorporates a variety of treatment modalities (individual, group, and family therapies; skills training; functional assessments; medication; monitoring; and educational groups) on a daily basis and is structured to meet the indiviudal needs of each person.  Clients attend the program 4 days per week, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  Program participants meet at Colorado Plains Medical Center's newly constructed Behavioral Health Unit on athe campus of the hospital.

A referral can be made by individuals or family members; residential care centers, service agencies, or mental health providers; or primary care physicians or other physician specialists.  For questions regarding referral information, please call Briette Tormohlen, MSW, Clinical Assessment Coordinator, at 970-542-4391.  More information about the Healthier You program can be found in this flyer.