Recent Events for Colorado Recovery

Upcoming Training with Expert in Communicating with Someone Experiencing a Mental Health Challenge

Do you ever struggle to connect and communicate with a loved one who is experiencing a mental health challenge? Dr. Xavier Amador is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist, expert, and author specializing in communication tools to help support people with mental health disorders like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Dr. Amador developed his evidence-based techniques to help him develop a better relationship with his brother, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He founded the  LEAP® (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner) method. Many family members and caregivers have found his techniques very helpful. 


Colorado Recovery encourages families and caregivers to read his book, I Am Not Sick and I Don’t Need Help, or attend an upcoming training listed below. 

Dr. Xavier Amador will be presenting an online training sessionlive with Q&A! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, @12:00pm-3:00 pm Eastern Time (the US and Canada)

This session is for Family Caregivers and Professionals who want to help someone with serious mental Illness and anosognosia—the neurological symptom that leaves a person unable to understand s/he is ill, resulting in conflict, isolation, and treatment refusal.

Participants will be introduced to LEAP® (Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner), an evidence-based approach that teaches you how to create relationships that lead to treatment and recovery. Learning objectives include:

  • Identify Anosognosia vs. “Denial”
  • Lower Anger, Resistance & Defensiveness
  • Re-establish Trust & Broken Relationships


$130 Early Bird (ends Dec 11), $150 Regular

LEAP Foundation is a small nonprofit and 100% of proceeds from this session are used to fulfill the organization’s mission.

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A Heartfelt Farewell to Ruth Arnold, CEO

With a heavy heart Colorado Recovery announces that Ruth Arnold, CEO will be retiring this month. She has served as CEO for Colorado Recovery for four years and she will be missed. She has been a compassionate leader and brought a vast amount of knowledge about mental health to our organization. 

While at Colorado Recovery she helped support and develop the Bridge to You program, she helped create a marketing position, oversaw the transition of our website platform, spearheaded Colorado Recovery’s membership with the American Residential Treatment Association, supported the expansion of wilderness therapy programming, and much more! 

Ruth began her career at Mental Health Partners(MHP) in 1974 and she left MHP in 2016 to join Colorado Recovery. During her years of service, she worked closely with Colorado Recovery’s founder, Dr. Richard Warner and she was able to maintain his vision while serving as CEO at Colorado Recovery.

She held many positions during her career at MHP; she was the Team Leader for the vocational rehabilitation program, a Therapist at MHP’s intensive residential program, and a Team Leader for the assertive community treatment team. She was well-liked and respected in all of her roles. 

She can take credit for many accomplishments that have had a great impact on the mental health community. She started WATBusiness Services,  a thriving workplace that employed many people with serious mental illness for many years. She was instrumental in starting MHP’s very successful Chinook Clubhouse which helped people with major mental illness find a sense of belonging to a social community, develop job skills, secure supported employment, and succeed in independent employment. 

Ruth is a founding Board Member for The Center for People with Disabilities where she is still an active Board Member and she will continue to serve on the board during her retirement. 

The entire community of staff, clients, and families at Colorado Recovery wishes Ruth a heartfelt farewell. We feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Ruth. She has shown us how to create and leave a lasting legacy.

June Bianchi, Transitional Housing Program Manager says, “The Colorado Recovery community is very grateful for the effort that Ruth put forth to make our agency thrive. We have been very grateful for her determination, passion, and unrelenting optimism for those struggling with mental health and the unrelenting support of the staff that serves this community. The experience that Ruth held regarding mental health, budgets, and developing programs will strengthen Colorado Recovery for years to come. We will always be grateful for her and the immense change and improvements she made. Ruth has a quiet strength, intelligence, wisdom, flexibility, openness, and a great sense of humor. She made so many difficult, important, and lasting decisions for our community. For this, she will always be remembered and we will always be grateful for her guidance and leadership.”

Colorado Recovery will continue to offer monthly In-Services

In 2018, Colorado Recovery will continue to offer monthly In-Services to staff and clients.  These In-Services are a key component of continuing mental health education for our professional staff and can offer informative material for clients.

Employee Owners of Colorado Recovery voted

In December 2017, the Employee Owners of Colorado Recovery voted to add an additional employee management Director position to the Board of Director’s.  Congratulations to Balsam House’s Program Manager, Karen Sturgis, on becoming a new Director.

Colorado Recovery staff celebrated the holidays

In December 2017, Colorado Recovery staff celebrated the holidays with an Ugly Sweater Day and a pot luck.

Psychiatrists, clinicians and CEO attended the “Innovative Approaches for Bipolar Disorder”

In November 2017, Colorado Recovery Psychiatrists, clinicians and CEO attended the “Innovative Approaches for Bipolar Disorder” presentation which discussed cutting edge approaches to treating Bipolar Disorder.

Balsam House finished remodel and upgrade

In November 2017, Balsam House finished doing a remodel and upgrade of the residential facility.

Clients and staff organized a fundraiser to help support natural disaster relief

In October 2017, clients and staff organized and held a fundraiser to help support natural disaster relief.  It was a huge success and received donations of over $1,400 that was presented to the Red Cross.

Clients and staff participated in Wilderness Solos

In September 2017, clients and staff participated in “Wilderness Solos” and enjoyed the pleasure of a beautiful outdoor day in the nearby mountains of Boulder.

Clients continued to participate in the summer “Garden Group”

In August 2017, clients continued to participate in the summer “Garden Group” which produced a welcome abundance of lettuce, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, sweet basil and much more; all of which was used by clients and staff in helping to prepare Balsam House meals.