The NMHIC team, along with its community and industry partners believe that digital technology has the power to improve mental health outcomes and remove barriers to care. Through its programs and services, NMHIC connects mental healthcare providers and community partners with technology that uses evidence-based approaches in addressing a range of mental health conditions for both prevention and treatment.
NMHIC looks beyond our current mental healthcare system – to find innovative new solutions that can be quickly and effectively scaled, to support more people sooner.
In October 2015, NMHIC was just an idea, and a proposal to create a home for bold innovation in mental health was submitted to the Anschutz Foundation. Generously the Anschutz Foundation funded the startup of the Center, and with the backing of Don Elliman, Chancellor of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Matt Vogl was named Executive Director and Peggy Hill Deputy Director of NMHIC. By February 2016, the Center and its first five employees officially opened its doors (under its original name National Behavioral Health Innovation Center) on the Anschutz Medical Campus, organizationally part of the Chancellor’s Office. Soon after opening its doors, a Board of Directors was assembled and held its first meeting on the future of NMHIC.
With a small and growing dedicated team, in its first year of operations NMHIC went from an inspirational idea to actually. The early months were about “connecting the dots” – a theme for NMHIC’s first year, where challenges, resources and people started coming together. The NMHIC team met with leaders from some of the most prominent organizations in the region and the nation to begin building partnerships that could transform the mental health landscape. As the NMHIC team presented their vision of innovation to organizations and engaged in conversations with communities, connections were made across state and international borders. From students to emergency responders and immigrants, groups with unmet needs began to find NMHIC in their searches for solutions, while unexpected partners embraced the Center’s goal in finding innovative approaches in mental health...