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 available and open for comment now through Dec. 27. 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.
The Office of Behavioral Health, in collaboration with the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM), Caring for Colorado Foundation and the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, is hosting a free all-day Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Best Practices Training Symposium on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Craig Hall on the University of Denver's campus.
“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