BEE HEARD: Exciting things are happening at Southern Ute Behavioral Health

Photo Credit: Native Connections

It has long been our desire to offer an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for those clients with substance use or co-occurring (mental health and substance use) disorders. The Behavioral Health Division is now offering this programming at our facility! 

What is IOP? IOP is at least nine hours of treatment each week which occurs in an outpatient setting. Those treatment hours include groups and individual sessions that are focused on learning about addiction, trauma, life skills, physical well-being, vocational skills, emotional regulation, self-discovery, and relapse prevention. 

Our groups are taught by licensed and credentialed professionals and consist of the following: Addiction Education, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Life Skills, Self-Care, Moral Reconant Therapy, Peer Recovery Coaching, Warrior Down Wellbriety Talking Circle virtual via Teams, Medicine Wheel & 12 Step group in-person at the museum, we believe it is important to treat the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, we are excited to collaborate with SunUte, and other Health Center departments to also offer classes on nutrition, diet, and exercise — as we know these are important components of the recovery process. 

What else is new that we are offering? We will also be offering motivational speakers on a quarterly basis. These are members of the community who will contribute by sharing their own recovery stories, and elders who will share about traditional teachings on sobriety and wellness. Our first speaker will be Southern Ute Vietnam veteran, Rod Grove who will share his recovery journey with us on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 9a.m. at the Behavioral Health Building.  

Look for future articles describing in more detail the groups and classes being offered on the schedule below. We encourage anyone who might need extra support for a Substance Use or Mental Health Disorder to sign up for any of these groups they feel would be helpful for them. You do not have to be court ordered to IOP to participate in any of our groups. You only need to be enrolled as a patient at the Southern Ute Health Center. Please call 970-563-5700 for more information or to sign up.  

We are located at 4101 CR 222, in Durango, Colo. We look forward to hearing from you!   

IOP Schedule: 


9 – 10:30 a.m. 

Addiction Education Group w/Robin Chavez 

Talking Circle 

12 – 1 p.m. 

Marvina Olguin 

 1 – 2:30 p.m. 

Seeking Safety 

Robin Chavez 



9 – 10:30 a.m. 

Tai Chi w/Karen Forest 

2 – 3:30 p.m. 

Nutrition (even weeks) 

Fitness (odd weeks) 

Lisa Smith/Sun Ute Trainers 



10 – 11:30 a.m. 

DBT w/Jay Hayes 



10 – 11:30 a.m. 

Life Skills/Self Care w/Robin Chavez/Jay Hayes 

Medicine Wheel & 12-Step Group 

5:30 – 7 p.m. 

Marvina Olguin 



10 – 11:30 a.m. 


Marlene Schafer 


If you need to talk to someone, please reach out. 

It’s okay not to feel okay. If you or someone you know has been struggling with their emotions, behaviors, or substance use please reach out to us. We can help you find appropriate tools and services that could help you overcome obstacles in your life. We are here for you. Please contact the Southern Ute Behavioral Health Division or the Native Connections Program at 970.563.5700 for more information or to set up an appointment to see a counselor or therapist.  

NEW Nationwide Suicide and Substance Use Crisis line: 9-8-8  

Simply calling or texting 988 or chatting will connect you to compassionate care and support for mental health-related distress. #988Lifeline 

Local Resources 

Southern Ute Health Center- Behavioral Health Division, CR 222 Durango, Co 970-563-5700. For local Native Americans. We are here to support mental health, substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery. Please call to schedule an appointment to talk to someone.   

Southern Ute- Division of Social Services 116 Capote Drive, Ignacio, CO 970-563-2331 or for local Native Americans needing assistance with child welfare needs and family support.  

Southern Ute Police Department- Anonymous Tip Hotline Do you have information about a crime? 

Please call (970) 563-4999. This “Tip Line” was designed to allow you the ability to provide law enforcement with information, anonymously, if need be, regarding criminal, drug, or suspicious activity. The “Tip Line” is monitored around the clock by SUPD Investigators, but it DOES NOT replace 9-1-1 or the non-emergency police number (970) 563-4401. 

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. 

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