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Colorado LINKS for Mental Health

Linking Interagency Networks for Kids Services (LINKS)

The purpose of Colorado LINKS for Mental Health (www.csi-policy.org/links) is to promote partnerships among state agencies and key stakeholder groups by weaving together existing statewide efforts to support integration of behavioral health services, improve quality and quantity of services, and improved outcomes for children, youth, and families.


The Colorado LINKS partnership consists of broad-based representation of state departments, family organizations, and behavioral health professionals and advocates. The lead partners are:

Colorado Department of Human Services
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Colorado Department of Education
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing
Colorado Department of Public Safety
Colorado Prevention Leadership Council
Colorado Systems of Care Collaborative
The Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health ~ Colorado Chapter
The Mental Health Planning & Advisory Council
The Center for Systems Integration


The Colorado LINKS
leadership group serves as the advisory council for the Building Bridges Initiative, which focuses on supporting and sustaining the integration of public schools and local behavioral health systems that will lead to increased access to behavioral health services and improved outcomes for school-aged children.


The efforts of Colorado LINKS have resulted in the following key products for assisting with behavioral health integration, family and youth involvement, and fiscal coordination:


Integration:

Repository of System Transformation Resources (ReST) is Web-based clearinghouse for assisting with behavioral health integration, transformation and reform and can be acessed at  http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/ps/ipsp/ReST


Authentic Family and Youth Participation:

A Workbook for Boards  was developed to help foster meaningful involvement of family and youth as decision makers on boards, commissions, task forces, advisory councils, etc.


If you are interested in learning more about the Colorado LINKS for Mental Health Initiative and its important work on systems integration, coordinating funding, and family and youth involvement in policymaking, visit http://www.csi-policy.org/links  or contact José Esquibel, Project Director, 303-692-2302.


Building Bridges for Children's Mental Health


The Building Bridges Initiative is implementing and documenting effective process for supporting and sustaining the integration of public schools and local behavioral health systems that will lead to increased access to behavioral health services and improved outcomes for school-aged children.


The Building Bridges initiative, which is being implemented in Mesa County, is integrating two complementary approaches currently in place in many Colorado communities:

Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) from the education system, which is based on a preventive or public health framework, and
• System of Care (SOC) from the behavioral health system, which has focused on children and youth with serious mental health issues and those with co-occurring disorders.

Both approaches have corresponding values and guiding principles that will drive the systems change process leading to a full continuum of behavioral health services and supports for Colorado’s students.

 

If you are interesting in learning more about the Building Bridges initiative, contact Barb Bieber at 303-866-6933.