On Saturday, DYS staff accompanied four (4) youth along with Straight Ahead Colorado (a Christian Ministry serving youth in DYS) to the Denver and Aurora Crisis Centers and Homeless Shelters to provide meals to community members who were hungry.
Thursday and Friday night, nine (9) youth and staff headed out to the Abiding Hope Church in Littleton to help other community volunteers unload trucks of food donations to make Thanksgiving baskets for Littleton families in need.
Recently, youth from the Eagles Program at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center went to Clement Park to volunteer at the Second Wind Run for Teen Suicide Awareness. Youth from the program pride themselves in working hard for events that support the community.
On November 1, 2017 the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center (GMYSC) Adventure Club set out to hike the Stage Coach Trail in Palisade, CO. Eight youth and six staff packed their lunches and hit the trail with beautiful fall weather.
This past week the Division was excited to hold its first Family Support Group in Colorado Springs. The group is designed for the families of youth committed to the Division of Youth Services and is facilitated by Julie DeNicola of Stepping Stones Advocacy. Four families attended the inaugural meeting with a focus of self-care.
Released Colorado report provides a brief overview on the costs and effectiveness of alcohol and drug abuse programs for the individuals who received substance use services in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-2017, the actual cost of serving these individuals and the outcomes related to substance use treatment services.
Opportunity for interested stakeholders to review and comment on the annual Synar report. The report details trends in sales of tobacco to minors and the success of state compliance with the Synar Amendment.
This report provides a brief overview on the status of Colorado Crisis Services expansions. Senate Bill 17-207, which was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in May 2017, provided $7.1 million to the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) in the Colorado Department of Human Services to expand the crisis system and better equip law enforcement to respond to individuals in mental health crisis.
The Office of Behavioral Health will be releasing a new online substance use disorder licensing and mental health designation application system, and treatment service directory called LADDERS. The online application and directory system, LADDERS, is set go live January 2018.
Early in the year, the Division of Youth Services, Rites of Passage and Office of Behavioral Health staff collaborated through discussions and planning to establish an American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) III program at Ridge View Youth Services Center.
A three-part Substance Use Disorders (SUD) e-Learning module series is now available on the Colorado University e-Learning Website. The SUD series, developed by the OBH-SIM (State Innovation Model) team, aims to provide comprehensive and practical information about behavioral health integration that can be applied to healthcare practices.