Click below to read a message from Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence regarding the closing of SOL and BSeedz has had on LGBTQI communities, particularly Queer-Trans-Black-Indigenous-People-of-Color (QTBIPoC) and QueerTrans-People-of-Color (QTPoC) and the three separate “Listening Circles” that will be convened in September.
DVP is excited to announce changes in the way that we monitor funded organizations. DVP monitors funded organizations to ensure quality programming, sound fiscal management, and adherence to Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) requirements, State rules, and CDHS contract terms. Click below to learn more about these changes.
At the end of every Federal Fiscal Year (FFY), funded programs must complete the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act (FVPSA) Year-End Report. This includes general organization information, programming specifics, and a chance to share survivor stories and other information to highlight your work and survivor realities. Click below to view the form and learn more.
DVP recently hosted a webinar with the Children’s Wellness Center of Colorado regarding an evidence-based intervention, Kids Club and Mom’s Empowerment Program, that is designed for community-based organizations to promote strong bonds between survivors and their children and to support children who have experienced domestic violence in the home.
Click below to get the link for the webinar and learn more.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has accepted Colorado’s combined mental health and substance use federal block grant application for Federal Fiscal Years 2020-21. Learn about the Office of Behavioral Health's FFY 2020-21 behavioral health assessment and plan for the state.
Since 2013, a group of staff at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan has brought joy to clients’ lives through hosting open mic shows where clients and staff can wow with their talents and creativity.
OBH is highlighting the new Administrative Services Organizations (ASO) that took over management of the state’s comprehensive behavioral health crisis system as of July 1. Each ASO is tasked with creating a sustainable network of providers to deliver crisis services to Coloradans within their respective crisis regions, all of which align with the state’s Medicaid regions. This month, we are focusing on Beacon Health Options and Health Colorado, the ASOs collectively responsible for covering the northeastern, south central, and southeastern portions of the state.
DVP is excited to announce that we have recently contracted with Ashley Wilson, MPH of AKWilson Consulting and Mozhdeh Bruss, PhD, MPH, RD of Alarus Development International, LLC who consult together to provide evaluation and non-profit development. Major areas of expertise for this team include community-based projects, public health, social support services, domestic violence evaluation, youth prevention program evaluation, and community mapping. This evaluation team will provide training and technical assistance to DVP-funded organizations on evaluation topics and the implementation of MOVERS, so this is also a reminder to complete the Data Collection Guiding Questions Discussion and the anonymous survey!
In May 2019, DVP announced free health and wellness resources for DVP-funded organizations including a Reproductive Coercion Toolkit, First Aid Kits, and Web Cams. DVP has put together these kits and will distribute them to funded organizations in August and September at trainings, site visits, and via snail mail.
To know more about how to use the Reproductive Coercion Toolkits, Violence Free Colorado hosted a “Supporting Reproductive Health in DV Programs” webinar in partnership with Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
As a reminder, DVP-funded organizations must complete at least two activities related to the ACRTI deliverables in the FFY19 Statement of Work:
One or more staff will attend an ACRTI-themed training
One or more staff will review a DVP ACRTI Benchmarks document
The Year-End Narrative (which is due October 31, 2019) will ask each organization to attest to having completed these activities.
The mission of the Sexual Violence Prevention (SVP) Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is to work with diverse communities to increase health and safety by addressing the root causes of sexual violence through primary prevention strategies that impact the environments where Coloradans live, work, learn and play. Beginning in 2019, the SVP Program began funding programs to address community-level factors that impact the neighborhood, school systems, workplaces and other organizational settings to prevent sexual violence. These programs are part of the Violence and Injury Prevention Network.
A strong bond with a caregiving adult is the number one resiliency factor for children. How can advocacy organizations support strong bonds between survivors and their children? How can children be supported through the domestic violence they have experienced? An evidence-based intervention, Kids Club and Mom’s Empowerment Program, is designed for precisely these goals and can be provided at community-based organizations. Training and technical assistance on this program is now available to Colorado organizations at no cost!
Seventeen youth from Division of Youth Services (DYS) facilities took part in creating a vibrant mural on the side of a Montessori school in Curtis Park July 8-12. One of DYS’s goals is to provide opportunities for youth to make things as right as possible for those who were impacted by their crime. Reconciliations include serving on impact panels, participating in volunteer projects, and working with youth and staff in community service projects. The mural project was a way for youth to not only build skills, but also give back to the community and help repair the harm they may have caused. Projects such as the mural involve groups, team-building activities and a clear vision of how each youth is contributing to a larger effort to improve the greater community. The youth enjoyed participating in something positive and special that would be a permanent reminder of the good things they can do.
The Division of Youth Services (DYS) has reduced solitary confinement, or seclusion, by nearly 70 percent since October 2016 by remodeling physical spaces and developing resources for additional staff. Their efforts have earned national attention in a new report, Not in Isolation from Stop Solitary for Kids, a nationwide campaign to safely end solitary confinement in juvenile facilities.
DVP operates on a federal fiscal year which means that Federal Fiscal Year 2019 (FFY19) is quickly coming to a close with an end date of September 30, 2019. Funded organizations can use this checklist to ensure that all required activities are completed to close out the FFY19 contract.