NewsCovering Colorado

Actions

Local agency offers rides and homecare to those in mental crisis

20200921_085617.jpg
Posted at 10:09 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 21:01:08-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — As we continue to rebound from COVID-19, an agency called Envida, is offering a new ride service to those in mental crisis.

The goal of the non-profit, is to not only save lives, but to change them, which is why they wanted implement a program that specifically addresses the transportation needs of people in El Paso and Teller Counties.

Transportation can often be a barrier for those who need to get to and from their mental health appointments. These appointments help address substance abuse, anxiety, isolation and depression — all conditions known to be aggravated by COVID-19, and often leading to crisis.

“Envida first rolled out the test program last year, and we had an amazing response,” said Gail Nehls, Envida’s Chief Executive Officer. We have seen our ridership increase over four fold since the pandemic hit. “

Nehls says her drivers are also trained in behavioral and mental health issues. They also know how to use Narcan if someone were to overdose. The buses are sanitized periodically. The drivers also practice social distancing and wear masks.

Envida also provides home health care services to individuals with disabilities, older adults and those experiencing financial challenges.