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Embark Behavioral Health opens Greeley Residential Treatment Center for youth

Greeley Tribune - 6/15/2024

Jun. 15—One of Embark Behavioral Health's newest programs brings 24-hour residential treatment to teens in Greeley and surrounding communities.

As a network of clinics and programs, Embark Behavioral Health offers evidence-based mental health treatments for young people with programming accredited by The Joint Commission, according to an Embark news release.

The Greeley Residential Treatment Center at 5401 W 9th St. is the first of seven to open across the nation this year.

Led by Executive Director Rick Pliszka, the Greeley Residential Treatment Center offers a "healing, nurturing setting that mirrors home life with incorporated therapy," the release said. The facility has specialized treatments including behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and experiential therapy — often reimbursed by insurance plans.

The center accepts all genders, ages 12-17, struggling with behavioral health issues. In addition to therapies, youth participate in therapeutic and experiential activities such as painting, baking, yoga and more.

"I look forward to leading this Embark team at our newest treatment facility," Pliszka said. "With a national reputation of quality care and proven outcomes, Embark brings much-needed services to families in Colorado and surrounding areas."

Embark CEO Alex Stavros said the network's growth has resulted in a commitment to accessibility during the current youth mental health crisis. In 2023, Embark served more than 2,750 families throughout its network, which opened eight new programs and expanded virtual outpatient programming to seven new states, according to the release.

"More families want and deserve coverage for behavioral health care for their loved ones, and we are proud to offer residential treatment to those in Colorado and across the country," Stavros said.

Embark has 14 outpatient programs and 18 residential programs across 16 states, offering individualized treatment plans for eating disorders, substance use disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders and other mental health struggles. The network also provides virtual intensive outpatient services in 11 states.

By 2028, Embark aims to reach its goal of decreasing teen and young adult anxiety, depression and suicide to "all-time lows," the release said.

For more information about Embark's Greeley location, go to


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