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The legalization of marijuana in Colorado has raised concerns that, for youth, the perception of risk associated with marijuana use may be diminished as it become more widely normalized. This effect in combination with other identified risk factors can lead to or exacerbate additional problem behaviors to include other drug use and social/emotional challenges negatively affecting our youth. 

Good public health practice is to work upstream to prevent problems before they occur by assessing (and reducing) risk factors and assessing (and increasing) protective factors and will use LOCAL data, LOCAL resources, and LOCAL community members as the driving force behind evidence-based processes to achieve outcomes that assure Fremont County Youth, now and in the future, will lead healthy, happy and productive lives.

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Fremont County Sobering Center

It is the mission of the Fremont County Sobering Center to provide safe short term care for individuals under the influence of alcohol by offering a more therapeutic environment than what is experienced in the hospital emergency department or in jail.  It is the goal of the Sobering Center to extend HOPE to its clients by providing access to community resources and recovery options, and to offer each client a new "design for living" and an opportunity to improve their quality of life.

An Opportunity For Change!

After more than a year of planning Fremont County, in collaboration with St. Thomas More Hospital, opened up the first Sobering Center in the State of Colorado.  The idea of the Sobering Center is intended to provide the residents of Fremont County with a safe place to sober up when one has over indulged with alcohol.  It's not a "detox" per se, it simply provides a safe place for men and women to lay down for a few hours and get their "head right".  ALL SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AT NO COST TO THE RESIDENTS OF FREMONT COUNTY.

The Sobering Center is staffed by people who have been in treatment, for alcohol and drug addiction, and who have been shown what it takes to live clean and sober.  Not everyone who comes to the Sobering Center is wanting to change their lives and live sober, and that's fine.  It's up to each individual to decide for themselves if and when they are ready to quit using.  But for those who do want to quit, help is available!

Sometimes a person may feel they can't change their drinking habits because of their living conditions or their financial situation, or maybe they don' have insurance and feel they can't afford treatment.  The Sobering Center staff is prepared to help with each of these scenarios and will work with you every step of the way.

Currently men and women are brought to the Sobering Center by either Fremont County law enforcement, or they are referred by the Emergency Department at St. Thomas More Hospital.  It is the goal of the Sobering Center staff to:
1)    Identify the help you need;
2)    Obtain the help you need; and
3)    Maybe most importantly, show you that a life free of drugs and alcohol is possible if you want it!

Admission Screening Procedure

Each resident coming to the Sobering Center will be screened for admission.  The screening will include:
Vital signs, a short discussion on health history, suicidal screening, screening for any obvious acute medical conditions, and an agreement that each person will behave themselves.  NO aggression of any kind will be tolerated.
1)    A check of vital signs.  Blood pressure, oxygen levels, heart rate and respiratory rates must be within limits;
2)    Blood Alcohol Content ("BAC") must be between .08 and .30  Anyone above .30 must be cleared through the hospital before being admitted into the Sobering Center.

The Fremont County Sobering Center is located at 1338 Phay Avenue, at the very West end of the hospital and has its own entrance.  You must cross through the same parking lot where the landing pad is for the helicopter, and continue South, to the very back of the parking lot.  You will then see the ramp for the entrance.

Currently the Sobering Center is staffed from:
Friday evening from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am Saturday morning; and
Saturday evening from 8:00 pm to 8:00am Sunday morning.

If you have any questions regarding the Fremont County Sobering Center or know someone who could use the services offered at the Sobering Center, please call Pat Cox, Fremont County Care Manager,​ at 719.371.1320

Tobacco Education, Prevention and Cessation

Tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of death in this country and in the world. Tobacco use is a major factor in four out of the five leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung disease and stroke. It causes about a third of heart disease and cancer, and most emphysema.-CDC

FCDPHE is a community partner in tobacco cessation, prevention and education for all ages and populations served in Fremont County. We utilize evidence-based programs and practices to assist those who wish to quit using tobacco products, prevent youth from initiating use with tobacco, vape, or ECIG products, and provide education and resources to policy makers, employers and the community on the effects and tobacco products and how we can improve the health in our community.

Want to quit smoking? We offer a FREE six-week tobacco cessation course that is open to the community and can assist you with the Colorado QuitLine.

For more information or any questions with regard to cessation, please contact the Community Outreach Specialist at (719) 276-7450. Information on the Colorado Quitline can be found by clicking the link below:

Pregnancy-Related Depression

Pregnancy-related depression is depression that occurs during pregnancy or after giving birth, including after a pregnancy loss. In Colorado, nearly 1 in 9 women who give birth will experience signs and symptoms of depression. This makes depression the most common complication of pregnancy.

Signs and symptoms

  • You may be experiencing pregnancy-related depression if you have symptoms that persist for more than a few weeks after birth.
  • It can develop at any time up to one year after birth.
  • Beyond feelings of depression, you may also have feelings of anxiety or panic, or obsessive-compulsive thinking.
  • Depression can disrupt your ability to care for your infant and yourself.
  • If you think you may be experiencing pregnancy-related depression, tell someone how you feel.
  • A close friend, family member or your health care provider can help you find the support you need.
  • You’ll feel better if you receive treatment. You’re not alone!

For local resources contact Christina Taylor 719-276-7458

Healthy Communities Program

Healthy Communities combines aspects of the Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) outreach and administrative case management program and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) outreach into one model that better meets the needs of members. This outreach and case management model takes into account that many families have one child enrolled in Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) while another is enrolled in CHP+. The distinction betweenHealth First Colorado and CHP+ benefits and services isn't always clear. Family Health Coordinators are available statewide to help Health First Colorado and CHP+ families through the Healthy Communities program.

Who qualifies?

All Colorado citizens wanting to access public programs or those who are already eligible for public programs and are under the age of 21 or pregnant.

Benefits and Services

Healthy Communities focuses on the "life cycle of a member." That life cycle may involve all of the activities necessary for you or your children to obtain coverage and access to coordinated health care services in appropriate settings called Medical Homes. Family Health Coordinators do the following:

  • Generate awareness on the Health First Colorado and CHP+ programs;
  • Offer information about how to apply for Health First Colorado and CHP+ and the availability of face-to-face application assistance;
  • Inform families about where to submit applications for processing and eligibility determination;
  • Educate families on the value of preventive health care services and how to access benefits at the right settings;
  • Link members to Health First Colorado and CHP+ providers who will serve as the member's Medical Home;
  • Provide members with information and referrals to other community programs and resources; and
  • Explain the re-enrollment process to families who continue to be eligible for Health First Colorado and CHP+ to eliminate gaps in coverage.

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Find a Family Health Coordinator in your area.

* To reach the Fremont County Family Health Coordinator, call (719) 371-1856


HCP previously was called the Health Care Program for Children With Special Needs. Now we're known simply as HCP.

HCP programs are located within local public health agencies throughout Colorado and have nurse-led teams with special knowledge of the complexities that families of children and youth with special health care needs experience.

To contact your local public health agency, call the HCP coordinator at (719) 276-7457

What is HCP?

Who can receive HCP services?

HCP provides services to children and youth with special health care needs from birth to 21 years living in Colorado, who have or are at risk for physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions.

HCP services are tailored to fit the need of individual families.

HCP has no diagnosis or income restrictions.

Most services are free and no family is ever turned away due to their inability to pay.