Tuesday, July 17, 2018

OPPORTUNITY Communities That Care Work Lead

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This position is a full-time, permanent funded position: 
  • Position Title: Communities That Care Work Lead (#2126)
  • Classification: Public Health and Community Outreach Professional IV
  • Job Location: Denver 
  • Close Date: Announcement will remain open until July 25, 2018, or when an adequate pool is identified (i.e., minimum of 30 qualified candidates), whichever comes first. 
​To Apply:       Communities That Care Work Lead (#2126)

Description of Job
The purpose of this position is to provide strategic oversight, direction and execution of youth substance abuse prevention grants to local communities across Colorado. This position will include responsibility for key prevention program implementation, including: fidelity to the Communities That Care model, effective analysis of and implementation support for community-level primary prevention strategies, professional expertise in addressing substance abuse prevention using a shared risk and protective factor approach, expertise in applying prevention strategies to improve health equity, and integration of program evaluation across funded sites. This position is responsible for contributing to progress and fiscal status reports that will be provided to the department leadership and state legislature. This position provides supervision to two full time, permanent professional positions. This position provides oversight for technical assistance to local programs and the development and implementation of evaluation plans for prevention programming and to monitor fidelity to the Communities That Care model.
This position requires strong strategic and program planning, supervisory, technical writing, and leadership skills. This position will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships internally and statewide with diverse and varied stakeholders. This position requires strong verbal and written communication skills, as it is responsible for authoring local data reports, and building and maintaining relationships in the substance abuse prevention community at the local, state and national levels.

Monday, July 16, 2018

OPPORTUNITY Family Voice Council Seeks Members

Share with your family, friends and professional networks!

Do you or someone you know have ideas about what changes could be made at the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS)? CDHS is forming a Family Voice Council to get honest, direct feedback from program recipients on how services can be improved. 

Learn more about this great opportunity and spread the word:
  • The council will be comprised of 15 members who receive (or have received in the past) two or more of the following CDHS services: TANF, SNAP, CCAP,  Early Intervention, Child Support, Child Welfare, Colorado Community Response, Home Visiting, Veterans Services, Mental Health Services, Substance Use Services, Colorado Crisis Services, Youth Services or Aging and Adult Services.
  • The council will meet once a month and members will serve a 12-month term with an option for serving an additional year. 
  • Council members will be reimbursed for transportation, child care or respite care, and for their time. 
  • Food will be provided at the meetings.
  • The monthly meetings will be held at CDHS in downtown Denver. Dates and times will be determined by the selected council members.
  • Interviewing and selecting council members will begin in July and August, and the council will convene the first meeting in September. September and October meetings will be only for council members so they can develop the governance structure. CDHS staff will begin attending the council meetings in November to discuss pressing topics.
IMPORTANT: Fill out the interest form here

Friday, July 13, 2018

RESEARCH Why Do Adolescents Attempt Suicide?

From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Why Do Adolescents Attempt Suicide?

Suicide among teenagers is infrequent. However, teens have a relatively higher rate of suicide attempts than adults.

Much of suicide research is concerned with who attempts suicide rather than why they do so. For both researchers and clinicians to gain a better understanding of what contributes to an individual’s suicide attempt, Dr. David Klonsky of the University of British Columbia developed the Inventory of Motivations for Suicide Attempts (IMSA), based on several widely accepted theories of suicide.

In the present study, Dr. Klonsky utilized the IMSA to assess suicide attempt motivations of 52 adolescents ages 12-17 years (mean age 14.8 years) who were hospitalized at a psychiatric inpatient unit after a suicide attempt.

David Klonsky, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia
2014 Pilot Research Grant
Assessing Motivations for Attempted Suicide
Copyright © 2018 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

SURVEY: Communicating with our Community Partners

The Violence and Injury - Mental Health Promotion Branch at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment facilitates the Violence and Injury Prevention Blog, the Young Drivers Alliance Blog, and the Colorado Child Fatality Prevention System Blog. We’re currently working on making improvements to the sites. We want to hear from you about how we’re doing! In particular, we want to know what forms of communication work best and provide the most useful information for you. 

Please answer the questions in our survey with that in mind to help us get a better sense of your communication needs, and how we can improve the way we update you.

We’d also love to be able to reach back out to you to follow-up on your response! If you feel comfortable, please fill in your name and email!

Check out the survey here

Monday, July 9, 2018

CFPS 2018 Annual Legislative Report

The Child Fatality Prevention System is pleased to announce the release of the Child Fatality Prevention System 2018 Annual Legislative Report!

A huge thank you to all of our local child fatality prevention review team coordinators and team members, State Review Team members and content experts, the State Support Team at CDPHE, and all of our partners across the state of Colorado.

The report includes an overview of the system, data on violence and injury-related deaths among youth ages 0-17 in Colorado, and seven prioritized child fatality prevention recommendations (see below) as well as updates on past system prevention recommendations.

Please feel free to share the report with anyone you think would be interested in learning more about the work of our system and supporting our prevention recommendations. If you would like to participate in the CFPS State Review Team Advocacy and Legislative Subcommittee whose goal is to promote the report and the prevention recommendations across the state, please reach out to Kate (kate.jankovsky@state.co.us).

2018 CFPS prevention recommendations:

Friday, July 6, 2018

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2018

Man holding a woman's hands - National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2018


July 18
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Twitter Chat – 2-3 pm ET


During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July, the HHS Office of Minority Health will join partners at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels to help raise awareness about mental illness and its effects on racial and ethnic minority populations. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
  • Over 70% of Black/African American adolescents with a major depressive episode did not receive treatment for their condition.
  • Almost 25% of adolescents with a major depressive episode in the last year were Hispanic/Latino.
  • Asian American adults were less likely to use mental health services than any other racial/ethnic groups.
  • In the past year, nearly 1 in 10 American Indian or Alaska Native young adults had serious thoughts of suicide.
  • In the past year, 1 in 7 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander adults had a diagnosable mental illness.
Despite advances in health equity, disparities in mental health care persist. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S. are less likely to have access to mental health services, less likely to use community mental health services, more likely to use emergency departments, and more likely to receive lower quality care. Poor mental health care access and quality contribute to poor mental health outcomes, including suicide, among racial and ethnic minority populations.

The HHS Office of Minority Health encourages all our partners to educate their community about the importance of improving access to mental health care and treatment and to help break down other barriers such as negative perceptions about mental illness.

Visit this web page during National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month 2018 for downloadable materials, events and health resources.

Mental Health Disparities

Minorities are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness, have less access to mental health services and often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.

Projects and Partnerships

A few of our grants, projects and partnerships helping to reduce disparities and promote better mental health:

Health Resources and Publications