Monday, February 8, 2016

Submit a Nomination for MADD's Law Enforcement Recognition Awards

MADD Colorado would like to thank those in our community who work every day in an effort to achieve each piece of our mission through prevention, enforcement and victim support.

Please click here to nominate a law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, probation officers and victim advocates.

Please fill out the form for each individual and/or agency that you nominate. As indicated, nominations should include relevant statistics and achievements as they relate to the award category, as well as a photo of the nominee(s). Nominations are for activities and achievements from January 1-December 31, 2015.

Submit nominations no later than March 14, 2016.

Distribute this link to anyone that you think would like to submit a nomination.

Save the date: May 25, 2016

Nominees and honorees, along with law enforcement and stakeholders from across the state, will be invited to attend a recognition dinner and awards presentation.

Please contact Ilana Kurtzig with any questions. We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fall prevention programs recognized as Violence and Injury Prevention Programs of Excellence

The Violence and Injury Prevention (VIP) Programs of Excellence highlights sustainable and evidence-based programs that are being implemented around the state. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recognizing the following agencies as VIP Programs of Excellence for their outstanding work implementing the evidence-based exercise and education classes and programs, addressing older adult fall prevention:
  • Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center - Since 2015, HRRMC offers Tai Chi: Moving For Better Balance to the public in partnership with Upper Arkansas Area Agency on Aging.Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance (TCMBB) is an evidence-based falls prevention program for community-dwelling adults aged 60 and older. The program uses eight forms derived from the traditional 24-form Yang style of Tai Chi. All forms are arranged in a sequence from easy to more difficult, adapted to the needs of older adults. The low-impact movements emphasize weight shifting, postural alignment, and coordinated movements.
  • Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment - FCDPHE offers Stepping On, a fall prevention program to older adults in Fremont County. Stepping On addresses multiple fall risk factors: improving lower limb balance and strength, improving environmental and behavioral safety in both the home and community, and encouraging visual and medical screenings to check for low vision and possible medication problems. This class consists of seven weekly 2-hour program sessions.
  • Clear Creek County Public and Environmental Health - CCCPEH offers Stepping On to older adults in Clear Creek County. 
For more information on the Violence and Injury Prevention Program of Excellence or to nominate a person or agency doing evidenced-based work in this field go to the Violence and Injury Prevention Recognition page.

For more information on Older Adult Falls Prevention go to the Older Adult Falls Coalition website or the Colorado Falls Prevention webpage.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Job Announcement: CSSRC Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Specialist

Colorado School Safety Resource Center - Prevention Specialist
This is an open competitive announcement. The deadline to apply is by 5 pm February 16th.

Information about the work unit
The mission of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center (CSSRC) is to assist educators, students, parents, emergency responders, and community organizations to create safe and positive school environments for all Colorado students in pre k-12 and higher education schools.
• The Center assists schools in preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from all types of emergencies and crisis situations.
• The Center provides resources, training, and technical assistance to foster safe, positive, and successful learning environments where early intervention occurs to prevent crisis situations. This includes, but is not limited to, a resource website, providing regional conferences and training in school safety issues, and a newsletter
• The Center works with an advisory board, including various representatives, such as the Department of Education, the Department of Public Health and Environment, the Department of Behavioral Health, and law enforcement agencies.

Position duties
  • This position has overall responsibility for the child sexual abuse prevention training program of the School Safety Resource Center including program management, data collection and expertise in all federal and state laws regarding child abuse and school staff responsibilities.
  • This position provides services around child sexual abuse prevention to schools and coordinates and collaborates with all local, state and national entities providing similar services to the schools.
  • This position pursues available funding and implements projects funded to address Colorado school needs for training relating to recognition and prevention of child sexual abuse, adult sexual misconduct, and sex trafficking of youth.
  • This position supports the overall work of the Center by assisting with trainings, website management, and reports to legislation. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Traffic Safety Pulse - January Edition

Here is the first Traffic Safety Pulse for 2016. It's chock full of facts and stats as well as the latest information about CDOT's traffic safety campaign.

Monday, February 1, 2016

SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 30, 2016 - DEA 11th National Take Back Initiative (MORE INFORMATION TO COME!)

On Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, DEA will coordinate its eleventh National Take Back Initiative. (NTBI-XI) This program is focused on providing convenient location across the nation for the public to drop off excess, unused and expired controlled substances and other medications from our nation's medicine cabinets. They do this by collaborating with state and local law enforcement agencies to host the sites.

DEA will provide collection bags and posters, help orchestrate the pick-up of drugs obtained on the collection day, and dispose of all drugs.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Call for Volunteer Victim Advocate

PURPOSE OF JOB: Life is forever changed after an impaired driving crash. Victims/survivors are often left bereaved, injured and financially devastated. With the emotional, financial and legal issues they face on a daily basis, victims/survivors need support to confront the challenges that lie ahead. Volunteer victim advocates are responsible for providing victim services to victims/survivors of impaired driving who may be in need of crisis intervention, emotional support, practical guidance, community referrals and support groups. Services are delivered in-person, by telephone and in writing.

  • Work closely with volunteer coordinator and MADD Colorado to receive cases, support and training
  • Provide effective and timely assistance to victims/survivors of impaired driving who contact MADD for services 
  • Identify victims/survivors of impaired driving crashes by way of newspaper articles, police reports or other means. Send a MADD We Care Card to these victims/survivors as a primary means of contact

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bridging the Divide CFP Deadline is February 1

SPCC is excited to announce that the 2016 Bridging the Divide (BtD) Suicide Awareness and Prevention Summit will be heldMay 4-6, 2016, at the Regis University Lowell Campus.  
This year's theme is, "Pathways to Resiliency, Strength and Recovery," and this state-wide conference, hosted by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado (SPCC) will examine promising evidence-based practices that decrease the likelihood that suicide will occur, assist those who struggle with suicidal thinking, and help survivors of suicide loss regain their equilibrium following a loved one's suicide attempt or death.

The BtD Planning Committee is seeking presentations to round out the educational offerings at the Summit.We are seeking presentations for three educational tracks:
  • Resiliency: This track will address the concept of resiliency and how it relates to suicide prevention, mental illness, and suicide loss survivors.
  • Recovery: This track addresses the ways in which people achieve, demonstrate, and maintain recovery from risks, trauma, loss, and suicidal thinking or acts.
  • Research: This track addresses promising research developments in the field of suicide prevention and mental wellness.

We are eager to showcase ways in which our colleagues are using research to inform the development of best practices, and working to promote resiliency and recovery for at-risk individuals. For more information and/or to submit a proposal, please click this link to download the Call for Presentations. Submissions are due by close of business on February 1, 2016. Speakers will be notified by February 16 if their presentation was accepted.