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To protect young people's behavioral health, embrace authentic connection

By Brook Griese

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it is difficult but necessary that we continue our focus on another public health crisis impacting our state. 

Lives depend on it. 

Our behavioral health care system in Colorado desperately needs transformation, and we must maintain our momentum towards creating meaningful change. In 2018, more than 200 Colorado youth and young adults lost their lives to suicide — our state’s leading cause of death for 10- to 24-year-olds. 

This is not acceptable. 

Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed Training - Action Required by September 30, 2019

COLGBTQ Flag.pngAs a reminder, all funded organizations must have at least one staff person complete at least one training per contract year related to accessible, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed (ACRTI) practices. Each organization will need to report the name of the ACRTI-related training in the FVPSA Year-End Narrative that was completed by September 30, 2019. If you are still looking to complete an ACRTI training, here are some online resources that could be useful. These include state and national technical assistance resources.

Hats Off to Grand Mesa YSC Graduates

They say it takes a village, and that couldn’t be more true. Last week, the staff and students at Grand Mesa Youth Services Center in Grand Junction celebrated the graduation of six students who earned their high school diploma (one was discharged after the graduation so we only have five students shown in the photo). Through their dedication, hard work, and the support of their teachers and staff, the youth achieved something they never thought possible. There are now 15 youth at Grand Mesa who will walk with their high school graduating class in May.