AspenPointe’s president and CEO has been elected to the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Board of Directors.

The Colorado Springs-based health care system announced in a news release Monday that Dr. Mick Pattinson has joined the board, “which is charged with advancing the National Council’s mission to ensure access to mental health and addiction services.”

Pattinson was chosen from among a region consisting of seven states, according to the release.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to help champion behavioral health across the nation and particularly here in Colorado,” Pattinson said. “Health care in this country is experiencing rapid change and being at the forefront to ensure mental health and substance use are not overlooked and given adequate attention will be a challenge but it’s also an honor on behalf AspenPointe and Colorado Springs.”

With its 2,200 member organizations, the Council serves more than 8 million adults and children each year.

Pattinson worked at behavioral health care systems in Wyoming and Arizona before becoming the head of AspenPointe last summer.

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“We have made great strides in quashing stigma and increasing access but there is still much work to be done,” Pattinson said.  “Integrating mental health and physical health providers so we can start viewing and treating the body and mind as one is absolutely crucial and priority No. 1.”