Vail Daily letter: Ready to work together |

Vail Daily letter: Ready to work together

Sharon Raggio
Vail, CO, Colorado

Thank you for the column by Don Rogers: “Vail’s Ticking Time Bomb.” At Colorado West Regional Mental Health (CWRMH), we empathize with Vail’s pain about these recent and very tragic events.

This week, CWRMH sat at the table with all of the key partners affected by mental health and substance abuse challenges in Eagle County with representatives from law enforcement, the school district, Vail Valley Medical Center and other agencies and professionals.

What we are most pleased to see is the community uniting to discuss the most pressing needs around mental health and substance abuse.

While there is great concern about how to prevent our most vulnerable citizens from falling through the cracks, the hopeful message is that the right people were at the table and willing to collaborate to create a stronger, healthier community.

It is crucial to understand that no one entity is able solve mental health and substance abuse issues single-handedly.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Together we must unite and create a stream of care that stops the tragedy before it happens. CWRMH stands ready to be a community collaborator in this process and together we will find solutions that work.

CWRMH has been in transition for the past year. Today, we say with confidence that we are on solid footing and excited to collaborate in the communities we serve.

While it is important to understand that substance-abuse services in Colorado — including education and prevention — are severely under-funded, it is also important to understand that there is strength in partnerships.

We look forward to building strong, sustainable relationships and improving access to quality mental health and substance abuse services in our communities.

Sharon Raggio LPC, LMFT, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Colorado West Regional Mental Health Inc.

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