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Aug. 26: State health department awarded grant to help meet behavioral health needs for Aurora theater shooting survivors

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013
 
CONTACT:
Mark Salley
Communications Director
  
 
State health department awarded grant to help meet behavioral health needs for Aurora theater shooting survivors
 
DENVER – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response has been awarded a $500,000 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Emergency Response Grant to meet ongoing behavioral health needs stemming from the Aurora theater shooting. The grant will fund the Aurora Trauma Recovery Program through the Aurora Mental Health Center in partnership with the Aurora Strong Community Resilience Center. 
The program will provide the city of Aurora:
  • Expanded trauma recovery treatment through the Aurora Mental Health Center
  • Crisis counseling and outreach services to the community suicide-prevention efforts through community education and outreach
  • Expanded in-school mental health services at one central Aurora high school
 
"The grant allows Aurora Mental Health to provide crucial recovery-focused services in partnership with a wide range of community partners, including the city and the recently-launched Aurora Strong Resilience Center,” said Curt Drennen, behavioral health program manager at the department. “This new model has the potential of becoming a template for other communities across the nation for post- crisis, recovery-focused services."
 
For more information on the department’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, visit its website at www.colorado.gov/cohealth.  
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