Transition Specialist Program

Transition Specialist Program

The Transition Specialist Program is a partnership between Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. and the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health. This program helps members who are leaving Colorado’s Mental Health Institutes or other institutions successfully transition back into their home communities.

This can be a challenging process— we are here to help.

The program serves members who have been hospitalized at the Colorado Mental Health Institutes in Pueblo (CMHIP) or Fort Logan (CMHI-FL), as well as those who have been in acute hospital settings on the Western Slope. It also helps those who may be transitioning back into the community from other inpatient programs or jail.

How Does the Program Work?

Professional transition specialists and peer bridgers work directly with members to provide both professional and peer support. Peer bridgers have personal experience with mental illness and are trained to support our members during their recovery.

The Program

  • Helps members live as independently as possible
  • Builds local support networks
  • Provides access to various community resources
  • Helps members manage their money and finances

Sample services may include:

  • Transportation
  • Home meal delivery
  • Help finding housing, including Assisted Living Residences
  • Access to job training resources and education
  • Assistance finding rehabilitation and therapy services
  • Access to assistive technologies
  • Guardianship services
  • Payee services

This is an overview of some of the services provided.  The Transition Specialist Program looks at each person’s needs and provides wrap around services to assist members when Medicaid coverage isn’t enough. A transition specialist can explain all the ways this program helps members make successful transitions back into their home communities.

What is a Peer Bridger?

A peer bridger is a specially trained peer who has lived through mental illness and recovery. They work alongside professional staff as equal colleagues, providing inspiration and proof that recovery is possible by serving as living examples of hope.

Their first-hand experience with recovery has provided coping skills and wellness tools that they found useful. Many peer bridgers have had the experience of being hospitalized themselves. They have successfully transitioned back into the community and rebuilt their lives. They can offer hope and understanding to others.

This peer support is a free service available to any client in the Transition Specialist Program and is completely optional.