How The Program Works

Making A Referral


24-Hour Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

Referrals for Second Wind funded therapy must come from a school mental health staff or another qualified referral source (QRS) who is a mental health professional.  More details are listed below under eligibility requirements.

If you would like to contact Second Wind Fund (SWF) to make a referral for a child or youth in your community, below is a list of the areas covered by the program and the referral line for the appropriate counties.

Areas served by Second Wind Fund:

Most of Colorado, including the Metro Denver area - 303.988.2645
(Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Grand, Jefferson, Park, and Teller counties) If your county is not listed here or below, please call 303.988.2645.

Four Corners Colorado - 970.946.9586
(La Plata and Montezuma counties)

Boulder County - 720.212.7527
(City and County of Boulder)

Second Wind Fund Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered for a referral by Second Wind Fund, the child or youth must be:

  • 19 years or younger
  • at risk for suicide
  • without insurance or Medicaid, or be under-insured, and not have financial resources to pay for therapy

Qualified Referral Sources (QRS) are mental health professionals, most often from the school mental health staff (school counselors, social workers or school psychologists). The QRS must have met with the youth to determine suicide risk.

  1. The QRS assesses that the student is “at risk” for suicide, notifies the parent/guardian of the suicide risk and finds out that the student’s family does not have financial means (including adequate insurance or Medicaid) to pay for professional therapy. The QRS then contacts Second Wind Fund.

  2. After learing that the youth is a suicide risk, lacks financial means to pay for therapy, and is not on Medicaid, SWF authorizes therapy services and gives the QRS a referral number for the student. If the student is on Medicaid, he or she is first referred to the county mental health association.

  3. After receiving a SWF referral number, the QRS writes the referral number on the SWF Referral Form, signs the form, and gives two copies to the student and/or parents. The QRS must obtain signatures from the parent and student on the  SWF Release of Information/Liability Waiver Form. The QRS keeps one copy of each completed SWF form.
  4. The referred youth is given two copies of the SWF Referral Form and two of the signed SWF Release/Waiver Form.  After both SWF forms are completed and signed, the QRS will give the family a current list of SWF authorized therapists.  The family will contact the SWF therapists directly to schedule an appointment within one week.  The family must give one copy of each SWF form to the SWF therapist they select. 

  5. All therapists in the SWF program are licensed, maintain liability insurance, have experience with children and youth at risk for suicide, and have agreed to see SWF clients at a drastically reduced hourly rate.

  6. Second Wind Fund will pay for the authorized therapy sessions with a SWF therapist.

  7. The SWF Youth Suicide Prevention Brochure in English is available by clicking here.

  8. The SWF Youth Suicide Prevention Brochure in Spanish is available by clicking here.

     9.  The list of SWF Authorized Therapists will be emailed to the QRS after the referral is authorized.

Second Wind Fund, Inc. Providers

Therapists in the Second Wind Fund network are intensely screened and monitored and must have expertise in adolescent mental health. To become a part of the SWF network, a therapist must agree to work at a significantly reduced rate for counseling Second Wind Fund's youth clients.

Unlike other programs where therapists donate their time or wait for government or insurance payment and are therefore less likely to wish to take on the additional patient load, an approved Second Wind therapist is paid in a timely fashion directly by their Second Wind Fund Affiliate.

Become A SWF Provider

If you are interested in becoming a provider for Second Wind Fund in your community please contact Program Director Nancy Morgan at 720.962.0706 extension 14.