Jefferson Center celebrates 60 years

Posted 5/1/18

Back when 75 percent of people diagnosed with a mental illness were sent to hospitals — or were kept in isolation in family homes as an embarrassing secret — three part-time administrators and …

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Jefferson Center celebrates 60 years

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Back when 75 percent of people diagnosed with a mental illness were sent to hospitals — or were kept in isolation in family homes as an embarrassing secret — three part-time administrators and one part-time psychiatrist decided to go on an innovative adventure.

It was on April 30, 1958, when these four started the Jefferson Center for Mental Health in the basement of the Jefferson County courthouse. It served as an affordable, outpatient treatment close to home.

“It’s exciting to see how far we’ve come,” said Jeanne Oliver, the Jefferson Center’s vice president of marketing and development. “Even though some stigmas still exist, thankfully, it’s now OK for people who have or know someone who has a mental health or substance use issue to talk about it and seek help.”

In its 60th year, the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, a nonprofit organization, is the community’s go-to resource to support individuals and families struggling with mental health issues and substance use disorders. It offers a variety of programs and comprehensive services for people of all ages, from severe disorders to one-time emotional issues.

MORE: Jefferson Center opens new crisis and rehab center in old Arapahoe House location

“We’re a part of the community and we’re committed to the health of the community. Being connected to our community helps us understand what the needs are so we’re able to develop the solutions to meet those needs,” Oliver said. “Responding to critical community needs has always been a part of our mission and we’ll continue doing that long into the future.”

Did you know…
One in five people will experience a mental health or substance use disorder in any given year.
These people could be a parent, child, sibling, neighbor or coworker. He or she could be a “veteran with PTSD, a senior feeling lonely, a middle-aged person out of work or a family dealing with divorce,” said Becky Carr, the foundation’s board chair.
“Mental health and substance use issues affect all of us,” Carr said. “We each need different forms of hope and support to be our best selves.”

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