Reducing unnecessary and counterproductive ER visits is one mission of Mi Esperanza, a small wellness center run by a behavioral health group in Alamosa. The goal is to give people in crisis everything they need, including breathing exercises to calm anxiety, talk therapy to handle tough emotions and case managers to help with life logistics.
Just as important is what you won’t find at Mi Esperanza. No needles, no harsh lights, no armed police officers.
“The idea is you could come in here and no matter how you’re feeling, we have something for you…that will help soothe,” said Rick Esquibel, a certified addictions counselor who works at the center.
Read more about the wellness center and this issue in High Country News.