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Mental Health Partners, formerly known as Boulder County Public Health Addiction Recovery Center, offers residential and outpatient treatment for substance abuse mental health services in Boulder, Colorado. Founded in 1962, Mental Health Partners has been growing steadily since 1971 when it was federally designated as a comprehensive community mental health facility. MHP also has outpatient services for mental health and substance abuse in the nearby communities of Broomfield and Longmont.

Accommodations and Food

MHP’s facility for substance abuse is a sprawling, dormitory-style building in Boulder which houses their detox services and Transitional Residential Treatment (TRT) program.

Though the detox wing and the men’s and women’s quarters are located in separate hallways, all are set up similarly when it comes to rooms. Residents share double-occupancy rooms with one roommate, each with basic furnishing including twin beds and bedside tables. There are also communal gender-specific bathrooms located in each of the hallways. The residential program is small, with usually no more than six residents at a time.

Because the TRT encourages the development of independent living skills in addition to treatment activities, residents are responsible for a rotating set of chores each week. This includes the preparation of all meals, with supplies and a menu provided by the on-staff residential advisers. All meals are shared in the dining room. Clients can also enjoy the use of several common areas for social time or working on treatment homework.

Compared to a traditional residential facility, clients at MHP have a fair amount of freedom, as they are encouraged to maintain or seek employment and handle medical and legal obligations during their stay. After an initial week of probation with limited mobility around the site’s grounds, clients are allowed to leave the facility each day for work activities. Transportation and/or bus passes are provided by the facility. In the evenings, residents frequently attend 12-step meetings in the Boulder community, though the facility also holds on-site meetings at least once a week.

Treatment and Staff

MPH’s residential program begins with a social detox which is not overseen by a physician. Still, clients receive 24-hour supervision in their own wing of the facility with medication provided by the on-staff nursing team. After this one or two day process, clients transition to the main residential wing of the facility and begin treatment.

The program consists primarily of CBT-based group and individual therapy. Residents can expect five group sessions and one individual session a week. The staff are composed of CADCs, licensed therapists and case managers who work individually with clients on employment and housing matters. Though medication management is provided, the TRT program does not technically provide dual diagnosis support, clients still have access to MHP’s mental health resources. This can include setting up off-site visits with a psychiatrist or medical doctor.

Stays in the TRT program typically last four to six weeks, typically followed by aftercare through one of MHP’s outpatient programs. Group and individual therapy, psychiatric evaluations, ongoing medication management and a family program are all available, as is special outpatient care for pre-natal women, mothers and adolescents. Clients in the TRT program also work with their case managers to explore sober living and alternative housing options when their time at the facility is over.


In addition to residential and outpatient care, MHP also maintains a second inpatient facility for mental health recovery called the Wagner House. The facility is a community-based psychiatric hospital alternative which can host up to 16 residents at a time. Wagner House follows a very similar pattern of care to the TRT program, but with a focus on mental health disorders.

In Summary

The substance abuse services offered by Mental Health Partners are comprehensive with a variety of recovery care options. While substance abuse services are kept largely separate from mental health care, clients still have all the support they need for both at hand. In all, MHP is worth considering for those seeking community-oriented care for a wide range of purposes.

Mental Health Partners Location

1333 Iris Ave
Boulder, CO 80304

Mental Health Partners Cost

$500 (estimate based on sliding scale, 30 days). Reach Mental Health Partners by phone at (303) 443-8500 or by email at Find Mental Health Partners on Facebook and YouTube

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