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Substance Use & Mental Health Resources
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Substance Use & Mental Health Resources for Youth & Parents

Navigating the teen years can be challenging. Parents and youth can thrive when they have support. These resources offer a range of support options.

This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

Substance Use & Mental Health Support

TypeOrganizationDescription
MarijuanaResponsibility Grows HereInformation for youth and adults about marijuana.
Mental HealthSafe to TellAnonymous report line for anything that concerns or threatens you, your friends, your family, or your community.
Mental HealthNaropa Community CounselingCounseling for residents with low to moderate income with slicing scale from $320-$90. Medicaid is accepted.
Substance UseNatural HighsFree after-school for youth to learn about and try alternatives to substance use.
Substance UseBoulder County Substance Abuse Intervention ProgramClasses for teens and adults to help them reduce their use of substances.
Substance UseEarly Intervention Services - CU BoulderA harm reduction-based program that helps students examine their alcohol use and reduce their risk of future problems.
Substance UseAlternatives for YouthClasses are conducted by professional counselors/psychologists. Evaluations have shown positive results. Teens learn to reduce their use of substances and parents can learn new tools regarding communication, setting boundaries, and developing appropriate consequences.
Substance UseAbove the InfluenceInformation to help young people avoid substance use through empowerment.
Substance UseColorado LADDERSInformation and services for prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use and mental health conditions.
Substance UseOpiRescueInformation about opioid response for community members and first responders.
Substance UseAlAnon Family GroupsFree fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who have been affected by someone’s drinking or drug use.
Substance UseTeen InterveneAn assessment and three 60-minutes sessions with a counselor for teens who have experienced mild to moderate substance use.
Tobacco CessationColorado QuitlineHotline to help youth and adults quit tobacco (including e-cigarettes/vaping.
Tobacco CessationThis is QuittingSupport via text to quit e-cigarettes/vaping
Tobacco CessationSmokefree TeenInformation about tobacco risks and quitting tools to help quit.
Mental HealthMental Health Hotline - 1-800-448-3000Get help immediately 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Mental HealthColorado Crisis Services - Text TALK to 38255A confidential texting services for mental health issues.
Mental HealthCO Wellness RecoveryMental health, wellness, and recovery guide.
Mental HealthAble to SailA youth empowerment camp aimed at intentionally changing the negative mental chatter of inadequacy that precedes high-risk behaviors, i.e. drug use, cutting, suicide etc.

Youth Development

While direct support at times of need or crisis is vital to overcoming some of life’s biggest challenges, opportunities to recognize and enhance young people’s strengths helps them to feel valued, connected, and empowered. This, in turn, helps youth to make healthy choices and become thriving members of the community.

The programs listed below help to provide these types of opportunities.

OrganizationDescription
Longmont Youth CenterFree after-school programs (sports leagues, music studio, college prep, homework help, arts, and support groups) for youth 6th-12th grade after school and on non-school days.
Peers Building JusticeEducation to prevent interpersonal and sexual violence and promoting social justice.
Teens Inc. - Youth & Family CenterFree recreational center for teens 11-21. The after-school programming is targeted at teens to do homework, socialize and learn marketable skills, as well as increase their awareness of teamwork and the environment
Boulder County Youth MentoringThe youth mentoring program matches adults and teens in the juvenile justice system one-on-one to provide the youth with enduring links to positive supports in the community.
Out Boulder CountyFree after-school youth groups and programs for LGBTIQ+ youth age 11-18.
YMCA of Northern ColoradoCamp, Teen Night, Before and After school programming and homework help.

Parenting Skill-Building

Parents have a major influence on most aspects of child development. Learn how to cultivate a relationship with your child(ren) so that you can make a positive impact on self-esteem, school achievement, cognitive development, and behavior.

OrganizationDescription
Parent Engagement NetworkEducation and training to improve parent’s skills and knowledge.
Parents Involved in EducationEducation and training to improve Latino parent’s skills, knowledge, and involvement in school.
Longmont Youth Center - Nurturing Parenting ProgramsEducation and training to improve parent’s parenting skills and self-nurturing. Dinner and child care provided.
Speak Now ColoradoInformation for parents about how to talk to youth about substance use.
Community Resource & Family TrainingFree eight week class for parents to learn non-confrontational techniques to help youth reduce substance use and/or get treatment. Dinner and child care reimbursement available. Language interpreter available.
AMISTADAMISTAD provides programs for the Latino community in Boulder County including "Promotoras de Salud", Compañeras Emotional Wellbeing & Resiliency program, and Escuela de Padres y Madres (Fathers and Mothers School).

Community Efforts

It takes a whole community to address substance use. Adults and youth are invited to participate in local groups listed below aimed at reducing substance misuse in Boulder County.

OrganizationDescription
Healthy Futures CoalitionThe Healthy Futures Coalition is a group of individuals and organizations dedicated to reducing substance abuse in Boulder County.
Substance Use Advisory GroupThe Boulder County Substance Use Advisory Group is a group of individuals and organizations dedicated to responding to the opioid epidemic and other substance abuse.

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Substance Abuse Intervention Program

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