State launches new online directory to find behavioral health specialists in Colorado
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – A new online directory website, OwnPath seeks to make it easier for people to find a behavioral health specialist near them and in their income bracket.
The Colorado Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) on Tuesday launched a new care directory called OwnPath, providing an accessible experience for anyone seeking mental health help in Colorado.
This online directory helps people find BHA-accredited behavioral health providers and search for specific services or use a guided search to identify providers or resources that best meet their needs. Searches can be specific and restricted by criteria such as location, opening days, language support, types of payment accepted, etc.
It’s a one-stop-shop, designed to point Coloradans in the right direction by allowing them to answer a few questions that narrow their search and get what they’re looking for.
Gateway Success clinician Brielle Byrd says the Colorado Behavioral Health Administration’s new tool, “OwnPath,” will help guide Coloradans to the right clinician for them.
“I think it’s going to make it a little easier for customers to find us – going back to people who are afraid to ask for help, we’re in a time when technology is very advanced,” Byrd said.
As a mental health clinician for Byrd, this tool seems to be a game-changer.
“I want to say that financial issues have been a big talking point for them, along with grief and loss with the pandemic and sick family members,” Byrd added.
With this new tool, Colorado residents looking for mental health help can find affordable care.
The website allows you to search for specific services – from entering your postcode to narrowing down providers by language, payment and opening hours.
Earlier this year, a group of behavioral and mental health experts came together to design a website with a coordinating platform that improves accessibility and builds trust with community members.
Ashley Darnell, product manager at the Colorado Office of Information Technology, says they take care of people’s specific needs.
“A lot of the features identified in conversations with experts were to ensure that at launch we have an English and Spanish version and we are looking to expand,” Darnell added.
OwnPath can be used in English and Spanish, with more languages to come.
This is an ongoing project as the Colorado Behavioral Health Administration seeks to engage with people who use the website to improve the tool.