Rogers Behavioral Health opens first Colorado site in Arapahoe County


Colorado residents seeking mental health treatment focused on anxiety, depression and/or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have a new option – Rogers Behavioral Health.

The national nonprofit mental health care provider launched its first Colorado location in Arapahoe County, opening a clinic located at 10333 East Dry Creek Road.

“We are so excited to bring Rogers to Denver and address the growing need for specialized, evidence-based treatments,” Clinical Director Julia Carbonella said at the clinic’s Nov. 3 open house.

According to Colorado Behavioral Health Administrationan estimated three in 10 Coloradans, or 1.5 million people, require mental health care or substance use disorders.

Rogers’ new clinic offers what’s called “partial hospitalization,” which means clients spend about six hours a day, five days a week at the clinic working on their treatment plan, Blair Famarin said, Outreach Manager at Rogers Behavioral Health.

“It’s a full day, almost like a day at work or a day at school,” Famarin said.

Under the partial hospitalization model, the clinic offers four programs: a depression recovery program for adults or for adolescents, and an OCD and anxiety program for adults or for children and adolescents.

The clinic offers different types of therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, which Mayo Clinic defines as a type of psychotherapy to help clients become aware of negative thinking so they can see difficult situations more clearly and respond effectively.

To treat OCD and anxiety disorders, the clinic offers exposure and response prevention, a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. It’s about confronting things that trigger a client’s obsessions and making the choice not to engage in compulsive behavior, depending on the TOC International Foundation.

In addition to therapeutic treatments, the clinic has an advanced practice nurse practitioner, Ghea Mae Degillo, whom clients visit at least twice a week.

“I’m primarily responsible for medication management and treatment planning,” Degillo said. “I love that Rogers is able to integrate both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, so that we are (where) medication and therapy meet.”

Degillo said the clinic offers evidence-based treatment that is individualized to clients’ needs.

Clients also complete a weekly assessment score to track progress and assess whether changes are needed, she said.

Colorado Marks Rogers Behavioral Health’s 10th State

Rogers Behavioral Health was founded in 1907 in Wisconsin, according to its websiteand it now has locations in 10 states.

The decision to open a location in Colorado was due to a generous donation made by a local family who wished to remain anonymous, said Bradley Riemann, president of philanthropy, research and clinical care for Rogers Behavioral Health.

“It’s amazing when families have the trust in us, the trust in us to really let us into a community like this,” Riemann said.

While the Colorado clinic is currently focused on offering partial inpatient care, it plans to offer an “intensive ambulatory care” model that consists of client visits approximately three hours a day, five days a week. , Famarin said.

Carbonella described the clinic as offering a mid-level range of care that can help people who may not need a residential or hospital level of care, but need more specialized treatment than weekly outpatient individual therapy.

“Most of our primary therapists maintain a minimum caseload of four, so there are a lot of eyes and we have a multidisciplinary team that is able to give a lot of individualized attention to each patient,” Carbonella said.

The clinic can accommodate up to 32 clients at a time, Famarin said. The clinic currently has five clients since it opened at the end of October.

Anna Korbel is a family therapist at the clinic who works in the child and adolescent unit, often meeting clients one-on-one, with families, and occasionally conducting group sessions.

She said partial hospitalization programs can last up to eight weeks, although the duration can vary depending on the child.

“Most of our children will drop out of school to take this program,” Korbel said, because it runs from morning to afternoon.

Famarin said the clinic has a school education liaison who calls the student’s school and has the work sent. The child has one hour a day to complete the work, which is then sent back to school to be graded.

“When they go back to school we have a back-to-school meeting with the school staff and then we talk to them about how we can get the child back to school where they are not overwhelmed. by so many things. work,” Famarin said.

For working adults, Famarin said they usually take leave from work under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

“And then we help them decide what they’re going to tell people when they come back,” Famarin said, explaining that it’s up to customers to decide what they want to share with others.

Get treatment

For a free and confidential screening, residents can call (888) 927-2203. Phone screening will take up to an hour, Famarin said.

“And once they’ve done that, they’re sent to our doctor who determines what level of care is best, what program is best,” Famarin said. “Then we call them back (and) let them know when they can start.”

Therapy is for everyone, Korbel said, whether or not a person has a mental health diagnosis. She noted that some Rogers patients had OCD and didn’t even realize it.

“Our results show that patients, their symptoms really decrease and we really increase their quality of life,” Carbonella said. “It’s our ultimate goal to bring the Denver community and truly deliver this life-changing treatment close to home.”

Those interested in learning more about Rogers Behavioral Health can visit

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