Encompass: Integrated Mental Health/Substance Treatment

Encompass is a unique evidence-based, integrated treatment for adolescents and young adults with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health problems, developed by Dr. Paula Riggs and her clinical research team at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Treatment consists of 12-16 weekly individual sessions, but may also include 1-2 family sessions. Encompass uses cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational enhancement approaches to facilitate acquisition of new skills and coping strategies to reduce harmful substance use and improve mental health. Motivational incentives are used to reinforce abstinence and increase engagement in non-drug prosocial activities to promote a healthy, sustainable drug-free lifestyle. The Encompass clinic is located in the Department of Psychiatry outpatient clinic.

Our expert clinical team provides

  • Comprehensive psychiatric and diagnostic evaluation
  • Treatment of co-occurring conditions such depression, anxiety disorders, attention-deficit disorder, trauma, anger, loss, and other mental health problems
  • Medication services (psychopharmacology)


To schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Paula Riggs, MD at 303-724-2235