The gift from the Denver-based foundation will establish an endowment in support of team-based, integrated clinical care, telehealth programming, outreach and education programs, and clinical research. In its first year, the endowment is expected to generate $400,000 for the center and, it is hoped, more in subsequent years. In recognition of the gift, the seven-year-old center will be renamed the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center.
"The Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation has created new possibilities for the University of Colorado to provide mental health services and conduct critical research in our state and beyond," said University of Colorado president Bruce Benson. "CU has had a relationship with the Johnson Foundation since 1979, and we cannot thank them enough for recognizing and increasing the potential for the Depression Center to support a better quality of life for the citizens and communities CU serves."