Denver makes mental health counseling available for more coronavirus emergency workers

Responding to a pandemic is difficult for everyone, including city workers tasked with keeping Denver moving.
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The Denver Office of Emergency Management practices a worst-case security scenario in their basement offices in the City and County Building, Dec. 15, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

City leaders and workers in Denver's Emergency Operations Center are now eligible to receive the same mental and behavioral health counseling typically reserved for traditional public safety workers.

The Denver City Council on Monday added $150,000 to its multimillion-dollar contract with Nicoletti-Flater & Associates, a Lakewood-based firm that specializes in psychological services for police officers, sheriff's deputies and firefighters. The additional money will provide counseling for high-level city government employees and workers in Denver's emergency operations hub, which coordinates the city's daily response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Therapists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to workers' need for help, according to the contract.

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