The Colorado Department of Human Services, along with several partners, recently broke ground in Aurora on construction of permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans. The Veterans Renaissance Apartments at Fitzsimons will be built on the Anschutz campus, next to the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons.
Child Support Services employees and their families volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver on Dec. 15, helping build affordable housing at the Sheridan Square development near Hampden Avenue and Federal Boulevard.
On Dec. 7, 2018, the State Board of Human Services adopted a rule-making packet presented by the Office of Behavioral Health, updating the rules implementing the Child Mental Health Treatment Act. This rules update was a response to House Bill 18-1094, which extended indefinitely, updated, and renamed the Act to the Children and Youth Mental Health Treatment Act.
Today, Colorado Department of Human Services Executive Director Reggie Bicha, Deputy Executive Director of Operations Tony Gherardini, and other members of the CDHS leadership team met with the Joint Budget Committee to discuss the FY 2019-20 budget request.
The timing couldn't have been better. Four days after NASA's InSight Mars craft touched down on the Red Planet, the "Marsvile -- A Cosmic Village" program made its debut Friday at the Zebulon Pike Youth Services Center, 1427 W. Rio Grande St. Read the full article published in the Cheyenne Edition of the Gazette Newspaper.
What is the best way to spruce up a plain wall? Add a beautifully crafted mural. DYS youth, in partnership with the City of Denver's Urban Arts Fund, created this work of art in the gymnasium at Gilliam Youth Services Center.
On Nov. 2, 2018, the State Board of Human Services adopted four rule-making packets presented by the Office of Behavioral Health. They go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019 and cover incorporation by reference citations and DUI provisions; the licensing/designation renewal process, 27-65 data reporting for emergency medical services facilities; and the new community transition specialist program.
Governor Hickenlooper’s Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget request - submitted to the General Assembly’s Joint Budget Committee on Nov. 1 - included approximately $26.5 million to strengthen the state’s behavioral health system. Funding proposals focus on improving the Colorado Crisis System and increasing capacity at the Colorado Mental Health Institutes.
The Federal Fiscal Year 2019 Synar Report is now available. This annual report details the State of Colorado’s activities to enforce federal legislation (aka The Synar Amendment) prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to youth.
The Office of Behavioral Health has promulgated rules to address how emergency medical services facilities must report data related to emergency mental health holds. The rules will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019.
State Grants to Libraries (SGtL) funds are awarded each year to support efforts to improve literacy and learning. The Institutional Library Development program received 11 proposals from six Division of Youth Services (DYS) libraries. Each of the six libraries received at least one award, ranging from $200 to $800 each. The applicants demonstrated a need for materials and provided plans to measure impact on patrons.
CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha handed out several C-Stat awards on Tuesday. The awards went to CDHS staff who helped raise participation and employment rates among people enrolled in the Colorado Works program.
In September, President Trump signed the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. The legislation amps up federal efforts to curb the opioid crisis through a series of measures addressing different aspects of the opioid epidemic, including prevention, treatment and recovery.
The Office of Behavioral Health, through Speak Now!, a Colorado-specific statewide social marketing campaign, launched Back-to-School messaging emphasizing the importance of parents speaking to their kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol as they return to the classroom.