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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology
 

History of ARTS

Behavioral Healthcare for Adults, Adolescents and Families


 
1970s

1971

Began as an outpatient inner city narcotic treatment program as part of the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

1975

Initiates substance abuse and treatment research programs.

1978

  • Opens PEER I, a residential program for adult addicts.
  • Opens Colorado's first publicly funded residential treatment program exclusively for women.
  • Opens Synergy, residential treatment program for adolescents.

1980s

1980

Initiates Cocaine Clinic and specialized program for health care professionals.

1983

Begins Family Intervention Program to help prevent crises in drug-related families.

1989

Opens PEER I non-residential treatment program.

1990s

1990-1995

ARTS researches causes and treatments for adolescent conduct disorder and substance abuse.

Part of a 5-year NIDA-funded grant.

1992

Opens The Haven, residential program for women and their infants. Begins Special Connections, outpatient program for pregnant women. Opens Synergy program for adolescent day treatment.

1993

Consolidates specialized outpatient services for women in Outpatient Women's Treatment Services site. Starts ARTS Outpatient Special Services clinic for HIV-infected substance abusers.

1996

ARTS co-founds Signal Behavioral Health Network, Inc. with other partners.

Begins Intensive Outpatient Program.

1998

Starts Multisystemic Therapy Project, with Drug Control System Improvement Funds.

1999

Opens Women's Therapeutic Community at Denver Women's Correctional Facility.

2000

ARTS opens Outpatient Therapeutic Community, partially funded through the Drug Control System Improvement Program. Synergy Aurora Day Tx and OP Services opened.

2001

Opens the Potomac Street Center to serve east Metro area residents. Consolidates Adult Outpatient Offender services in new CrossPoint program.

2003

Opens the Potomac Street Center to serve east Metro area residents.

Consolidates Adult Outpatient Offender services in new CrossPoint program.

2007

ARTS continues to thrive, serving a diverse population and improving lives through prevention, education and treatment. To learn more about ARTS achievements, please click here for our Annual Report.

Synergy begins Assertive Continuing Care Project (CSAT Funded).