“It takes a village…” We all have heard that phrase and in this case, the Division of Youth Services (DYS) is connecting with services provided by other CDHS divisions to help create that village of support for the families they serve.
The few dozen paper ornaments hanging from the Christmas tree in the lobby of the state human services department were gone in little more than an hour last year. Employees snatched them up, eager to buy the requested gifts: a box of diapers, a warm coat, a baby doll. Like most other giving trees, this one’s branches were filled with the wishes of needy children. Except these were the infants, toddlers and preschoolers whose parents were locked up in youth detention centers throughout Colorado. Read the full story here
Lt. Gov Donna Lynne and other local dignitaries joined CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha and Division of Youth Services (DYS) Director Anders Jacobson as the DYS broke ground Oct. 3 on a new youth services center to replace the current Adams Youth Services Center. The new facility will increase the department’s capacity to serve the 17th Judicial District, one of the state’s fastest-growing juvenile populations.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the start of the DVP contract year. This alert includes information regarding important upcoming deadlines, creating inclusive and welcoming spaces contract requirement, and changes to data reporting requirements. You can also learn more about three funded programs: San Miguel Resource Center, Renew, and Alternative Horizons.
Take a look at funding and training opportunities including the Child Welfare Conference in Loveland, CO coming in November. You can also learn more about Rise Above Violence and Tu Casa; two programs funded by DVP.
FFY19 contract documents are headed for funded programs - along with an opportunity to provide feedback about the site visit process. Be sure to check out highlights from Advocates Building Peaceful Communities and Hilltop's Domestic Violence Services.
In this issue, you will find important information about the FFY19 Award Letters, information about the use of child abuse registry checks, and opportunities to provide feedback. Also, you can learn more about three funded programs DVP visited: Arkansas Valley Resource Center, A Woman's Place, and Advocates Against Domestic Assault.s Against Domestic Assault.
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) recently recognized the Division of Youth Services (DYS) for reducing the use of seclusion. Research does not show that the common practice reduces problem behavior in juveniles.
Colorado's MINDSOURCE-Brain Injury Network was recently recognized in a U.S. News & World Report feature article for its project highlighting the vicious cycle of traumatic brain injury and incarceration.
Youths and staff from the Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center recently took part in a cleanup of the roadside in an area of Golden, where YSC has been partnering with their local community for several years.
Youths and staff members at Pueblo Youth Services Center recently worked together to have a school-supplies drive. The school was very thankful that both youth and staff in the facility thought of their children, and they were excited to recieve the supplies.