BEE Heard: Southern Ute Behavioral Health Division

Photo Credit: Native Connections

Do you know how to access treatment for alcohol and drug abuse?

What do you do when you think you might have an issue with drugs and / or alcohol? What do you do when you are concerned about a friend’s or family member’s alcohol and/or drug use?

The Southern Ute Behavioral Health Division under the Tribal Health Department has a variety of resources available to you, including:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Outpatient substance use treatment
  • Education and distribution of Narcan to prevent opioid-related deaths
  • Assessments and assisting individuals who need inpatient mental health or residential substance use treatment
  • Peer coaching
  • Care Coordination
  • Holistic approach including vocational support and nutrition education
  • Community educational trainings around substance usage, mental health, and suicide prevention
  • Integrated work with the medical staff to provide medication-assisted treatment for substance use

Right now, we are providing those services mainly by telephone. You can schedule an appointment by calling the front desk at 970-563-4581.

We are also expanding our services! In addition to the following staff, we are currently advertising for an Administrative Assistant and a Lead Therapist for the Substance Abuse program. Soon, we will also be hiring another licensed therapist, substance abuse counselors, and a patient care coordinator.

Current Staff:

  • Mary Trujillo Young, Behavioral Health Manager / Psychologist
  • Jennifer Goodtracks, Psychotherapist
  • Ryan Sullivan, Licensed Professional Counselor focusing on substance abuse issues
  • Marvina Olguin, Peer Recovery Coach
  • Precious Collins, Native Connections Program Coordinator
  • Stephanie Garcia, Native Connections Behavioral Health Therapist (will soon be accepting new clients up to age 24)


How to contact us. If you have any questions or needing to see schedule an appointment, please contact the Southern Ute Health Center at 970-563-4581.

We are seeing people via telehealth for the protection of our staff and community members.

If it’s after hours or on the weekend and it’s an emergency, please contact the 24/7 Axis Health System Care Hotline at 970-247-5245.

  • Want to help and be a part of the change? Looking for community members and youth to join the Prevention Coalition tasked to reduce youth substance usage, eliminate mental health stigma, and start the discussion around suicide and prevention.
  • Upcoming Prevention Coalition Meeting: Coalition meetings are postponed until further notice. Contact Precious Collins, Native Connections Program Coordinator for more information 970-563-2487.
  • Upcoming Training: FREE online Suicide Prevention Training: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) for Southern Ute Tribe Employees and Southern Ute Tribal members and their family. Let’s all learn the warning signs and what to do if someone is experiencing a crisis.
  • Please contact Precious Collins at 970-306-8131 or email to sign up.
  • Upcoming Community Events: Native Connections is partnering with the Southern Ute Wildlife Division and the Southern Ute Police Department on a project called Reducing Means to Suicide and Harm. We will be giving out free gun locks to all Native American families and individuals located on the Southern Ute Reservation (until supplies last). Please contact the Southern Ute Wildlife Division for a gun lock 970-563-0130.


  • Southern Ute Health Center: Behavior Health 69 Capote Drive, Ignacio, CO 970-563-4581. For local Native Americans. Call to schedule a counseling appointment.
  • Southern Ute Division of Social Services: 116 Capote Drive, Ignacio, CO 970-563-2331 for local Native Americans needing assistance with child welfare needs and family support.
  • 24/7 Axis Crisis Line: Durango, CO You’re not alone. With our 24/7 crisis services, help is on the way. Your health… We’re in this together. 970-247-5245
  • St Ignatius Catholic Church: Pastor Cesar Arras, 14826 CO-172, Ignacio, CO 970-563-4241.
  • Ignacio Community Church: Pastor Randall Haynes 405 Browning Ave, Ignacio, CO (currently located inside ELHI) 970-759-3633
  • Second Wind Fund of the Four Corners: Believes that every child and youth at risk of suicide should have access to the mental health treatment they need. We match children and youth at risk for suicide with licensed therapists in their communities, 720-962-0706.
  • Women’s Resource Center: Creates personal, social, and professional growth opportunities for all women in La Plata County, 970-247-1242.


  • Colorado Crisis Line: 844-493-8255 or Text “TALK” to 38255. You’ll immediately be put in contact with a trained counselor, ready to text with you about anything.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Has both an online chat and a 24/7 phone line at 1-800-273-8255 if you are thinking of suicide or need help for a loved one.
  • The Trevor Project: Seeks to serve LGBT youth, has a 24/7 suicide prevention line at 866-488-7386.
  • We R Native: Join the movement by liking them on Facebook (www facebook  com/weRnative) , signing up for the text messaging service (text NATIVE to 24587.)
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