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A groundbreaking partnership for mental health

A groundbreaking partnership for mental healthCherry Creek Schools is building a first-of-its-kind mental health day treatment program in partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) and the CU Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Mental health can have a significant impact on students as well as their peers and the adults around them, but many students who need a therapeutic setting cannot currently access one. The number of mental health treatment facilities in Colorado for students with mental health needs is just one quarter of what it was 10 years ago. 

“We are incredibly excited for this opportunity to ensure our students get the chance to access critical mental health services that will support them along the pathway to their future,” Superintendent Christopher Smith said. “We are grateful to our voters for approving the bond funds that will allow Cherry Creek Schools to build this important facility.”

A groundbreaking partnership for mental healthScheduled to open in fall 2023, the facility will be located on the Joliet Campus and offer three levels of support to students. It will include educational support for students to transition smoothly back to their home schools.

The design of the facility came from the desire to destigmatize mental health challenges and ensure a welcoming space for students. From a coffee shop at the main entrance to plenty of natural light to warm colors, the new center will feel as inviting as the other schools in the district.

Students will be able to spend time in a small gym where they might play basketball, practice yoga or experience the climbing wall. There will be a labyrinth for students that leads to a trail around the building. An outdoor amphitheater classroom, bouldering rock and other outdoor recreation opportunities will help students balance their treatment with activities to sustain their Whole Wellbeing.

Recovery is the goal for students, and making sure they feel safe and supported in a treatment environment is key. From being welcomed to having support for their transition back, this treatment center was designed with students at the center.

A groundbreaking partnership for mental healthConstruction is currently ongoing! So far, 898 cubic yards of concrete has been poured. A single concrete truck typically carries approximately 9 cubic yds., so the site has received delivery from 100 full concrete trucks. Additionally, 173 tons of structural steel has been erected onsite. 1 ton equals 2,000 lbs. Ironically, the Liberty Bell weighs approx. 1 ton, so the weight of steel onsite is equal to the weight of 173 Liberty Bells. 

 

Posted 10/26/22.