Denver CARES: Comprehensive Addictions Rehabilitation and Evaluation Services
Denver CARES is a 100-bed, non-medical, clinically managed treatment facility, whose mission to provide a safe detoxification for public inebriates, and to provide assessment, education, motivational counseling, and residential treatment.
Denver CARES operates 24/7, with a staff of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, Behavioral Health technicians, and addiction counselors. Licensed clinical social workers are also available through Denver Health Medical Center.
Contact Denver CARES
1155 Cherokee Street, Denver, Colorado | 303-436-3500
To report a publicly-intoxicated individual for pick-up, please call dispatch at 720-913-2200
Treatment Program & Services
Emergency Service Patrol
Denver CARES operates an emergency service patrol (ESP), which picks up public inebriates throughout the City of Denver and safely transports them to CARES. The ESP responds to police requests, community calls, Denver Health Medical Center Emergency Department, and also regularly travels established routes. The ESP responds to more than 10,000 calls annually.
Denver CARES provides non-medical, clinically managed detoxification from alcohol and drugs in a clean and safe environment. All clients are provided sleeping accommodations and well-balanced meals during their stay. Certified addiction counselors provide initial education and counseling regarding addiction and recovery, and treatment referrals are provided to all clients.
Denver CARES provides transitional residential treatment for substance dependent men and women. Length of stay varies from 30 to 120 days. Services include individual and group counseling, alcohol and drug education, relapse prevention, life skills training, access to 12-step support group meetings, and referrals to ongoing social services. Clients completing residential treatment are referred to outpatient and aftercare services.
Residential Treatment for Veterans
Denver CARES runs a 14-bed transitional residential treatment program specifically designed for chronically homeless veterans. The length of stay is typically up to six months. In addition to the standard residential treatment services, veterans receive veteran-specific referrals and specialized case management from the VA Medical Center’s Health Care for Homeless Veterans team.
Denver CARES has developed a highly successful education platform that not only meets, but exceeds, the curriculum requirements established by Colorado's Office of Behavioral Health and the Department of Motor Vehicles. This includes DUI Level I and Level II Education and Level II Therapy classes. We also offer a DUI Color Line and Interlock Enhanced Counseling for clients who have an interlock on their vehicle.
For information, contact Joe Contreraz, CACIII, at 303-436-3543.