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Autism Community Store
14095 E. Exposition Ave.
Aurora, CO 80012

Store Hours:
Mon-Sat 10-5

Tips as you leave the Psychiatric Emergency Department – Colorado Community Resources


Care & Resource Navigation


Colorado Respite Coalition: Respite Directory; (303-233-1666)


Community Centered Board (CCB): Local Services


Coping Skills & Self-Care: Tips for Parents


Difficult Behavior Tips: Tips for Parents


HCP, a Program for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: Care Coordination


PEAK Parent Center: Parent Resource Center


Thrive Center: Community Resource Center


Insurance, Diagnosis, Medication


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Information for families


Child Mind Institute: Evaluation and Treatment


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Information for families


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Medication information for families


 State Services & Supports


Denver START: Crisis intervention for Denver County residents ages 6 yr. and older with I/DD and mental health needs


COACT Colorado: Wraparound case management services; initiative of the CO Behavioral Health Administration


Children and Youth Mental Health Treatment Act (CYMHTA): Assists families access mental health treatment services for children/youth


Children’s Habilitation Residential Program Waiver (CHRP): Services for children/youth with I/DD and very high needs which put them at risk or in need of out-of-home placement 


Community Behavioral Health Services/CO Dept. of Human Services: Community & behavioral programs for children/youth & families


Pediatric Behavioral Therapies/CO Department of Policy & Financing (HCPF/CO Medicaid EPSDT): Pediatric behavioral therapies providers


School Supports


Child Mind Institute: Information for families


CO Department of Education (CDE): Special Education & Mental Health services for students


Sibling Resources          


Sibling Support Project: Resources for siblings of people with disabilities




National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Free and confidential support for people in distress; prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones (Call 988)


Second Wind Fund Treatment Center: Breaks down financial and transportation barriers for accessing mental health treatment services for children and youth at risk for suicide (303-988-2645)


Support Groups


Parent to Parent of CO (P2P): Connects parents to other parents of children with disabilities; provides emotional and informational support; offers a bi-weekly virtual support groups


El Grupo VIDA: Hispanic/Latino parents’ network for people with disabilities


Family Partners: Parents of children with mental illness & high behavioral needs


The Living Spectrum: Provides support services in Colorado to families of a child with autism spectrum disorder


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): Support for families with loved ones with mental illness (303-321-3104)


24-Hour Crisis Supports


Colorado Crisis Services (24/7 availability): Statewide behavioral health crisis response system offering mental health, substance use, or emotional crisis help, information and referrals

  • Home | Colorado Crisis Services
  • Call 1-844-493-8255 or Text “TALK” to 38255
  • Immediate crisis support for any mental health concern
  • Mobile crisis unit for in-home mental health evaluation
  • Walk-in centers for evaluation, resource information & referrals
  • Crisis Stabilization Unit for mental health crisis stays (1–3 days) while developing a treatment plan


Support Team Assist Response (STAR): Emergency mental health or substance crisis response team in Denver County only.

To deploy, call:

  • 911
  • Non-emergency number line Denver County only: 720-913-STAR (7828)
  • Non-emergency line: 720-913-2000


NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) HelpLine:

  • NAMI HelpLine – NAMI Colorado
  • Text NAMI to 741-741: 24/7 Free crisis support via text message
  • Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or (available: Mon-Fri, 8 am–8 pm MT)


Police and Emergency Services: Use as a last resort

  • Call 911
  • Request a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer to respond
  • Explain that the individual may not be able to respond to police direction due to the individual's condition

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