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CO Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2017

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Grantee: AURORA MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
Program: NCTSI III
City: AURORA
State: CO
Grant Award Number: 5 U79 SM063070-02
Congressional District: 6
FY 2017 Funding: $398,019
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2021/09/29

The purpose of the proposed Project Bridge is to bring a high quality of services for trauma treatment to the underserved population of children of refugee and immigrant families.
The core strategy is to create a safe, culturally-sensitive, linguistically accessible and trauma-informed system of care that includes effective evidence-based treatment interventions. Project Bridge plans to develop a systematic engagement, screening, assessment, treatment and recovery process that takes into account cultural and linguistic needs.

The population of focus for Project Bridge is refugees and immigrants who have resettled in Aurora, Colorado. According to the most recent Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) Surveillance Report about 2,000 refugees and asylum seekers come into Colorado annually, with most of them settling in Aurora, the geographic area for Project Bridge.

By targeting immigrant and refugee children specifically, Project Bridge's population includes those that are most vulnerable to social, economic and health inequities. These communities experience insecure and difficult socioeconomic conditions, including poor housing, unstable employment, acculturation issues, insufficient income and limited access to transportation and benefits. These health disparities are exacerbated by language and cultural barriers. The services and methods described in this project are responsive to the diverse linguistic and cultural needs of our unique population. The providers include those that come from the cultures we serve and our partner agencies are specifically designed to serve immigrant and refugee groups and base all of their service provision on providing culturally and linguistically relevant services.


Grantee: COLORADO MENTAL WELLNESS NETWORK
Program: Statewide Consumer Network Program
City: DENVER
State: CO
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM062141-03
Congressional District: 1
FY 2017 Funding: $94,878
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2018/09/29

The Colorado Mental Wellness Network's Statewide Recovery Support Services Project proposes to reach Coloradans with mental health and/or substance use disorders with tools and support for recovery. The Network plans to target underserved populations through its collaborative partnerships and advisory groups throughout Colorado. The primary goals that fulfill the mission of the organization are: 1) Individuals will be empowered to improve their overall health and wellness through action planning and self-care tools utilizing skills developed, 2) Community perceptions of mental illness will improve through advocacy efforts and collaboration, 3) Recovery-oriented integrated treatment will be promoted through a trauma-informed peer recovery coach workforce. These goals will be achieved through the statewide implementation of the Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Peer Recovery Coach Training, Wellness and Recovery Support Groups and advocacy work.


Grantee: COLORADO MESA UNIVERSITY
Program: Campus Suicide Prevention
City: GRAND JUNCTION
State: CO
Grant Award Number: 5 U79 SM062475-03
Congressional District: 3
FY 2017 Funding: $102,000
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2018/09/29

The Colorado Mesa University Behavioral Health Bridges Initiative will develop a more robust suicide prevention and substance abuse awareness program on the CMU campus. This plan will consist of multiple approaches to develop referral and follow up processes to behavioral health providers, suicide prevention programming and training, consistent messaging, and an infrastructure to prevent suicide and promote help seeking behavior in the future. The Behavioral Health Bridges Initiative has three main goals. Goal number one is to develop an infrastructure to support referrals to campus and community based services designed to prevent suicide while improving the efficiency by which follow up interventions are carried out. The second goal is improve the suicide prevention training practices amongst faculty, staff, students, and at risk populations on the CMU campus. The third goal is to build a campus culture of consistent messaging around the issues of substance abuse prevention, mental health access, and suicide prevention. Key collaborations with student organizations in the Gay Straight Alliance, Native American Alliance, and Student Veterans Association will be critical for the Behavioral Health Bridges Initiative. Partnerships with faith based student organizations will also contribute to these speakers and promoting a consistent message of help seeking behavior. The project will also hold behavioral health screenings where a total of 360 students will be screened and distribute Spanish language wallet cards on suicide prevention to at least 50 students each year. These collaborations will create on campus events raising awareness of suicide prevention and positive help seeking behavior.


Grantee: COLORADO STATE DEPT OF EDUCATION
Program: NITT-AWARE-SEA
City: DENVER
State: CO
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM061884-04
Congressional District: 1
FY 2017 Funding: $1,132,519
Project Period: 2014/09/30 - 2019/09/29

Colorado Project AWARE aims to build the state and local infrastructure and capacity for a comprehensive school behavioral health services system that supports every student in Colorado in reaching their fullest potential in school and life. Colorado is eager to seize the opportunity with the increased public awareness of the dire impact of unaddressed behavioral health needs to coordinate and enhance resources across systems to promote students' mental wellbeing and prevent behavioral health issues. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has identified three local education agencies with unique contexts and populations to partner with in building a locally driven system for the state: Aurora Public Schools (APS), Fountain-Fort Carson School District (FFCSD), and Thompson School District. The AWARE goals include: 1) building state infrastructure and capacity through partnerships, policy, shared data coordinating resources and intensive coaching for data-driven decision making; 2) building LEA infrastructure and capacity through partnerships, policy, shared data systems, coordinating resources and intensive systems coaching for data-driven decision making; 3) utilizing implementation science to deliver research-based programs and strategies to build students' social, emotional and behavioral wellbeing while reducing behavioral health risks; 4) increasing awareness of behavioral health issues, reducing the stigma and increasing behavioral health promotion; and 5) securing sustainable funding mechanisms for comprehensive school behavioral health services.


Grantee: COLORADO STATE DEPT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Program: Project Launch
City: DENVER
State: CO
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM061558-04
Congressional District: 1
FY 2017 Funding: $800,000
Project Period: 2014/09/30 - 2019/09/29

Colorado Project LAUNCH (COPL) promotes the wellness of young children from birth to age eight by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of their development. COPL will improve outcomes for children birth to age eight by applying the knowledge and experience of Project LAUNCH in Weld County to inform efforts in Adams County and statewide to improve coordination of key child-serving systems and the integration of behavioral and physical health services. The long term project goal is that Colorado systems are sustainable and effective in ensuring families with young children have equitable access to quality services and highly skilled early childhood professionals in support of the state vision that all children are valued, healthy and thriving (Early Childhood Colorado Framework).


Grantee: COLORADO STATE DEPT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Program: SOC Expansion and Sustainability Coop
City: DENVER
State: CO
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM063394-02
Congressional District: 1
FY 2017 Funding: $3,000,000
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2020/09/29

Colorado has successfully implemented systems of care in 12 Communities of Excellence across the state with the COACT Colorado: Strong Minds, Strong Futures initiative. All of these communities, which include 15 counties, are serving children and youth with serious behavioral health challenges and their families using family advocates and high-fidelity wraparound Colorado has also made progress in developing a system of care infrastructure by building on partnerships of the Collaborative Management Program and working with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF). HCPF is considering the inclusion of a system of care service package in the new RFP procurement for Regional Care Collaboratives and Behavioral Health Organizations to begin in July 2018. Colorado's target population for system of care efforts has been children and youth SED who are involved in other systems and are in or at risk of out of home placement. This proposal includes expanding the service array for two sub-populations within this broader target population who present additional challenges: 1) children and youth with a dual diagnosis of mental health and intellectual or developmental disability, including autism, and 2) transition age youth ages 14-21. This proposal includes assessing the service array with the lens of these two sub-populations and working to increase effective, evidence-based, community services to better serve these children and youth and their families.


Grantee: COLORADO STATE DEPT/PUB HLTH & ENVIRONMT
Program: PPHF-2015
City: DENVER
State: CO
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM062919-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2017 Funding: $736,000
Project Period: 2017/09/30 - 2022/09/29

CO Connecting Youth Networks of Care


Grantee: COLORADO STATE JUDICIAL BRANCH
Program: Adult Treatment Court Collaborative
City: DENVER
State: CO
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM061689-04
Congressional District: 1
FY 2017 Funding: $237,224
Project Period: 2014/09/30 - 2018/09/29

The proposed BHTC is based on a collaborative, problem-solving approach to reduce recidivism by individuals with behavioral health disorders and to promote public safety and improved quality of life for court participants and their families. A combination of accountability, consistency, encouragement, effective behavioral health treatment, and linkage to community resources will support participant achievement of long-term stability, reduced relapse, and reduced technical violations of probation or recidivism. Participants in the BHTC will develop individual treatment and success plans to chart their progress through four phases:1) Orientation and Stabilization; 2) Active Treatment; 3) Putting it All Together; and 4) Relapse Prevention and Transition. Graduation from the program is marked by 6 months sobriety and compliance with treatment plan; completion of court-ordered treatment, completion of probation, and establishment of an aftercare plan. The BHTC will serve adults, ages 18 and older, with serious and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.


Grantee: DENVER DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Program: NITT-AWARE-C
City: DENVER
State: CO
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM062810-03
Congressional District: 1
FY 2017 Funding: $124,953
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2018/09/29

The Denver-AWARE, youth mental health first aid (YMHFA) training program, led by the Denver Department of Human Services (DDHS), will serve adolescents (ages 12-18) from five targeted ZIP codes in the city and county of Denver, Colorado, where there is a high concentration of risk factors for behavioral health issues. Denver-AWARE will train as many as 4,050 individuals as youth mental health first aiders. Denver-AWARE seeks to achieve the following objectives: at least 3,000 adults who are representative of the communities to be served and who interact with adolescents in Denver will have completed the YMHFA training; at least 75% of the adults trained through Denver-AWARE will self-report an increase in youth mental health literacy as measured by pre- and post-surveys; at least 50% of the adults trained through Denver-AWARE will self-report using youth mental health literacy skills in real world situations, as measured through survey and focus groups responses; 30 instructors who are employed by a range of organizations, including city agencies and youth serving entities, will be certified to provide YMHFA training; develop and launch a youth-led social media campaign aimed at decreasing stigma regarding mental health issues and supports; increase the number of youth behavioral health referrals in the targeted communities by at least 10%; and convene a project advisory council of 13-20 members representative of the communities served that will support strategies aimed at decreasing stigma regarding mental health issues.


Grantee: LARIMER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Program: NCTSI III
City: FORT COLLINS
State: CO
Grant Award Number: 5 U79 SM063196-02
Congressional District: 2
FY 2017 Funding: $400,000
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2021/09/29

The Colorado Children's Congregate Care Resiliency Opportunity Project (CROP) implements an innovative trauma-informed resiliency-based collaborative model designed to prevent and reduce congregate care placements for children in child welfare/juvenile justice. Seven Colorado Department of Human Services Child Welfare offices have partnered together to expand their current trauma-informed system efforts to develop and employ new approaches to identify, assess, and intervene with their most vulnerable, yet most challenging children.

CROP Prevention Model objectives will screen children and their caregivers for trauma, provide comprehensive neurodevelopmental trauma assessments screening positive for trauma, and develop resiliency-based case planning based on the assessment findings. Resiliency-based strategies, built upon developing relatedness, mastery, and affect regulation skills for children/caregivers will then be implemented through intensive in-home coaching programs to stabilize placements.

Simultaneously, children will receive Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, while caregivers will receive evidence-based community-based trauma treatments. To empower caseworkers, congregate care staff, and clinicians with increased trauma knowledge and resiliency strategies National Child Traumatic Stress Products will be implemented including "Think Trauma," "Road to Recovery" and "Resource Parent Curriculum". During YEAR I approximately 264 children will be served followed by at least 100 each of the following five years. CROP, to sustain a resilient workforce, will provide ongoing secondary traumatic stress processing and strategies through the utilization of the NCTSN Resilience Alliance Curriculum. Evaluation will focus on the effectiveness of the model through quantitative analysis of CROP goals of prevention, reduction, length of stay, recidivism, and improvement in well-being for children at risk of entering, or currently in, congregate care.


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