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United Health Foundation donates $500,000 to support behavioral health needs of Coloradans

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Posted at 3:52 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 17:52:15-04

MINNETONKA, Minn — The United Health Foundation has donated $500,000 to the Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN) to support behavioral health needs through COVID-19.

According to the UnitedHealth Group, the $500,000 donation to the Colorado Community Health Network will support its twenty-one member federally qualified Community Health Centers in Colorado, the state’s largest primary health care network. As significant providers of behavioral health services throughout Colorado, the Community Health Centers will conduct outreach to patients with ongoing mental health and substance use disorder conditions, care for patients with depression, anxiety and PTSD related to or exacerbated by COVID-19, and expand capabilities for behavioral health services via telephone and televideo.

“The behavioral health impacts of this pandemic are becoming apparent and it is essential that front-line providers like Federally Qualified Health Centers have the staff, resources and technology they need to ensure both the health and well-being of their patients,” said Patrick Gordon, president and chief executive officer, Rocky Mountain Health Plans and UnitedHealthcare Community & State Colorado. “Our partnership with the Colorado Community Health Network will help sustain and expand much-needed behavioral health capacity to help Coloradans better cope with the mental and behavioral health impacts of COVID-19.”

UnitedHealth Group has committed an initial $70 million to fight COVID-19 and support impacted communities including health care workers, hard-hit states and localities, seniors and those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity.

“Mental and behavioral health impacts can outlast the physical health effects of COVID-19,” said Polly Anderson, vice president of strategy and financing, Colorado Community Health Network. “We are seeing an increase in behavioral health needs as the pandemic continues and the United Health Foundation’s support will enable our members to provide critical services to those in need.”

To learn about the UnitedHealth Group, click here.