Charlie Health Expands Services in Colorado, Furthering Its Mission to Make Behavioral Health Treatments Affordable for Today’s Youth

BOZEMAN, Mont., November 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Charlie Health, the largest provider of virtual intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) for youth and families in crisis, announces expansion into Colorado. With this critical development, the company will provide an effective and accessible virtual treatment option for youth and families Coloradowhich currently ranks 42nd for both pediatric mental illness and lack of access to care (State of Mental Health in America 2021 report).

“The youth mental health crisis is devastating Coloradowith recent statewide data showing a 103% increase in mental health-related emergency room visits since 2019″ (Colorado Children’s Hospital) She said Carter Barnhart, CEO and co-founder of Charlie Health. “At the same time, only 22% of young people in Colorado they are getting the mental health care they need. Our mission at Charlie Health is to provide lifesaving solutions to young people and families when and where they need it most. With our expansion into Coloradowe will be able to save countless lives and heal families across the state.”

Charlie Health currently provides its services to 17 states across the country. With this latest expansion in ColoradoCharlie Health is filling three major gaps in the current landscape of mental health treatment options: affordability, availability, and efficacy.

“Families in Colorado they are too often left without quality options in the face of a mental health crisis,” she said Laura Sebulsky, Senior Regional Director of Clinical Outreach. “Once-a-week therapy isn’t enough for severe mental health issues, and traditional residential programs typically have months-long waiting lists or a lack of personal attention. Coloradans need an in-between solution—that’s what we’re here for” .

Charlie Health, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvaniarecently published a study demonstrating the efficacy of virtual IOP for high-acuity youth. Based on data collected over nine months from 495 Charlie Health clients, 71 percent of those who reported active suicidal ideation prior to entering the program were no longer suicidal after discharge; 60% no longer reported symptoms of depression; 58% no longer self-harmed.

Charlie Health’s Virtual IOP combines evidence-supported group, family therapy, and individual therapy into care plans that enable clients to heal from home, effectively eliminating all traditional barriers to care. Program-supported groups match peers based on age, mental health history, and past experiences. As peer-reviewed research has found, Charlie Health’s model produces industry-leading outcomes for clients, including higher rates of participation and lower levels of severe mental health symptoms.

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About Charlie Cheers

Charlie Cheers, founded in 2020, is the largest virtual mental health clinic for teens and young adults who need mental health support longer than a week. Charlie Health offers young people (ages 12-28) struggling with severe mental health disorders personalized Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) consisting of supported group, individual therapy and family therapy. By providing evidence-based, individualized mental health support, Charlie Health ensures that sustainable healing is available to all.


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Colorado Children’s Hospital (May 25, 2021) Children’s Hospital of Colorado declares a “state of emergency” for youth mental health.

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