Youth at Platte Valley Youth Services Center (PVYSC) recently participated in Operation Christmas Child for the 12th year in a row! Operation Christmas Child is a yearly event sponsored by church communities throughout the world.
The Office of Behavioral Health recently awarded Persistent Drunk Driving and Law Enforcement Assistance Fund grants to three community groups, Team Wellness & Prevention (Larimer County Coalition), Celebrating Healthy Communities (La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan counties) and Eagle River Youth Coalition (Eagle County). Each community received $156,500 for the first year and is projected to receive that amount for the next four years as well.
Today Reggie Bicha, Executive Director of the Department of Human Services, met with the Joint Budget Committee to discuss the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019 budget request as it relates to the Executive Director's Office, the Office of Administrative Solutions, and the Office of Children Youth & Families: Division of Child Welfare.
Fox31 Denver recently featured great work by an OBH-funded community coalition to provide resources and support to families for age-appropriate conversations with their youth about substance use. The community coalition uses resources from an OBH state social marketing campaign, Speak Now!
A recent training in Denver brought together 17 collegiate prevention teams from across Colorado to share lessons learned from current campus projects aimed at preventing alcohol and drug use, misuse and abuse.
The Office of Behavioral Health contracted with the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) to hold recent conversations across the state that drew more than 200 people to discuss how to prevent substance abuse.
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.
Children and youth who come to the attention of the child welfare system have disproportionately high rates of emotional and mental health challenges, and are prescribed high rates of psychotropic medications. Nationwide, over 10% of children/youth in foster care take psychotropic medications.