In 2014, Aspen Strong became a CommunityResponse client of Screening for Mental Health, Inc (SMH) – a nationally recognized program that helps community organizations provide access to mental health education, screenings, and local treatment options. This relationship allowed Aspen Strong to provide community members in the Roaring Fork Valley with 24/7 access to anonymous online screenings for mood and anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, psychosis, and substance use disorders. The online screening program is a quick, anonymous, and effective way to recognize individuals who are at risk for treatment mental health disorders.
The program provides our foundation with utilization reports for our specific screening URL by tracking patterns and trends in our community to help our foundation evaluate the effectiveness of our efforts. Following all screenings, individuals are provided with educational information, and links to our Provider Directory and Community Calendar.
In 2017, SMH and Aspen Strong’s partnership expanded to include marketing support including a Downloadable Resource Center, called the “Aspen Strong Resource Toolbox.” Also, in 2017, Aspen Strong and partner sites have screened 1,567 individuals for mental health. The Aspen Strong screening initiative currently ranks at #17 out of 190 community SMH screening sites, ranging from private clinical practices to state municipalities.