Mission-driven Mental Health

At Mind Springs Health, we believe mental health treatment and addiction recovery care are an integral part of every thriving community.  We believe mental health services should be available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.  We value each client for their uniqueness and are a LGBTQ+/Non-binary-affirming therapeutic environment.Illustration of Eagle Flying

A Vital Mission

We rebuild lives and inspire hope by providing exceptional mental health and addiction recovery care, strengthening the health and vitality of our communities. It’s a vital mission, especially since the western slope and mountain towns of Colorado see above average suicide and addiction rates.

We support our mission through the implementation of treatment teams, consisting of multiple professionals dedicated to client success.

An Inspired Vision

We envision health and wellness in our communities. It’s a simple vision, but creating it takes a lot of hard work and a very inspired team. Every time we provide care for someone, our inspiration to change lives and transform our community is renewed. We are inspired to spread the word that mental health care and addiction recovery treatment are available, and that no one is alone in their struggles.

Unshakable Values

  • Strength Created through Local Partnerships, with Collaboration and Education
  • Integrity and Accountability in all we do
  • Outcomes-Driven
  • Responsible Financial Stewardship
  • Leadership in Physical and Behavioral Health Care
  • A Culture of Trauma-Informed Care
  • A Focus on Exceptional Customer Service
  • Our Workforce, for its Compassion and Dedication to the Fulfillment of our Mission
  • The Delivery of Services and Operations that Promote Social Equity across all Stakeholders


Nearing our 50th Anniversary of providing therapy & counseling to western Colorado communities, Mind Springs Health started in 1972 as the not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation ‘Colorado West’ after a spate of suicides in Grand County spurred local mental health practitioners to join together.

In the ’80s and ’90s, the organization service area grew to 13 offices and provided services to 10 counties across 23,000 square miles of Northwestern Colorado. The ’00s were not particularly kind to the Colorado West Regional Mental Health network, which struggled to find stability in clinical, operational and fiscal areas. Yet in 2005, when all existing western slope psychiatric units were closing, Mind Springs Health stepped up and established the only psychiatric hospital between Denver and Salt Lake City – the original 32-bed West Springs Hospital.  A few years later in 2008, longtime Executive Director Ken Stein, who had overseen much of the organization’s expansion, retired. Shortly thereafter, enter Sharon Raggio LPC LMFT.  As CEO & President of Mind Springs Health & West Springs Hospital, Sharon engineered an organizational turnaround and has been the architect of many of our successes since.

To better reflect enormous and positive change, what once was known as Colorado West transformed in 2013 into Mind Springs Health. Since then Mind Springs Health has become known as the choice for local mental health care, combining effective, evidence-based therapies with  a philosophy that places special focus on our clients and collaboration within our local communities.

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