Friday, June 22, 2018

WEBINAR: Supporting Families Affected by Opioids and Other Substances

Upcoming Webinar
Supporting Families Affected by Opioids and Other Substances through Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Date and Time: Thursday, June 28, 2018 (1–2 p.m. ET/12–1 p.m. CT/11 a.m.–12 p.m. MT/10–11 a.m. PT)

Description:  Adults are misusing prescription opioids and heroin at rapidly rising rates. The misuse of opioids and other substances has an especially hard impact on families, from the stress of parenting while struggling with a substance use disorder to the devastation of death from overdose. Because of increasing maternal opioid use, the number of infants experiencing the effects of exposure to opioids before birth has increased five-fold in the past 10 years. Even infants without prenatal exposure to substances face challenges when their parents or other close family members have a substance use disorder.

In this webinar, experts will share how infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) can help home visiting professionals who work with infants and young children support families affected by substance use disorders. Experts Dr. Ira Chasnoff, Linda Delimata, and Lesley Schwartz will address how the misuse of opioids and other substances affects the healthy development of babies, and how IECMHC can reduce this impact.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

FREE EVENT: Integrated Behavioral Health Symposium

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Integrated Behavioral Health Best Practices Training Symposium

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The Office of Behavioral Health, in collaboration with the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) and the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, is hosting the all-day Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Best Practices Training Symposium in the University of Denver's Craig Hall on Friday, November 2, 2018.  

Trainees will complete the Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Training Bundle, which comprises six training modules developed by the CU Department of Family Medicine and the Office of Behavioral Health with funding from SIM, a federally funded, governor’s office initiative.

All participants who complete the Symposium program will be awarded an IBH Certificate of Completion.  The content of each module aligns with the Core Competencies for Behavioral Health Providers Working in Primary Care and the IBH Best Practice Guidelines.  

National and Colorado experts in behavioral health, practice transformation, and integrative teaming will present the content of the IBH learning modules.  Please join us for this interactive learning experience.

Save the date please. Registration information will be coming soon.

When: November 2, 2018

Where: University of Denver - Graduate School of Social Work
Denver, CO 80246

Cost: This is a free event. 

Notes: The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1G1-14-001 from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM), a four-year initiative, is funded by up to $65 million from CMS. The content provided is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies. 
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DENVER, CO 80210

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Article: CO Is Leading the Country in Suicide Prevention Work

Check out this piece by Westword!

Colorado Is Leading the Country in Suicide Prevention Work
By Chris Walker | JUNE 20, 2018 |

Suicide is back in the news cycle after the recent high-profile deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, as well as the reporting of new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control showing that suicide rates have increased nationally by 25 percent during the past two decades.
Colorado is not immune from this unfortunate trend. The state's last annual report on suicide rates, released in November, shows that numbers in Colorado have increased year by year since 2009. The report includes this sobering description: “In 2016, Colorado recorded the highest number of suicide deaths to date (1,156 deaths) with a corresponding age-adjusted rate of 20.3/100,000. In 2015, the most recent year of data available nationally, Colorado ranked ninth for highest suicide rate in the United States, and is consistently among the top ten states with the highest suicide rates.”

Colorado Is Leading the Country in Suicide Prevention Work (2)
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But there's also a lot of hope and inspiring work being done in Colorado around suicide prevention. The state has had an Office of Suicide Prevention since 2000, and recently that office has been spearheading some of the most innovative work in the nation to combat suicide.
Sarah Brummett, director of Colorado's Office of Suicide Prevention, says that her office has recently given grants of $10,000 to $20,000 to numerous suicide-prevention pilot programs, including youth programs at schools; a “Man Therapy” initiative aimed at male, blue-collar workers; efforts at hospitals; and even outreach to gun shops and gun ranges.
That last initiative, the Colorado Gun Shop Project, recognizes that firearms account for nearly half of all suicide deaths in Colorado, and that one way to reduce those numbers is to get the firearms community involved in suicide prevention.

“At the heart of it, it's an education and awareness campaign. There's information for shops and ranges to have for their employees and also for customers,” explains Brummett. “These are firearm advocates from the community who are comfortable with that world, but also get suicide prevention. So there's less hesitancy, because the [suicide prevention efforts] are not coming from the state or someone outside the firearms community. There's a higher level of trust. It's not about gun control or a restriction on ownership or forced seizure of anyone's property; it's about how the firearms community can support each other.”
Just as Colorado is thinking outside the box for ways to engage that community, Brummett says her office has been considering how it can prevent crisis in the first place. She calls this “upstream prevention."
"Our office is under the Department of Public Health and Environment, along with other offices focused on opioid addiction, marijuana retail work and reducing child fatalities. And rather than be in our own lanes, we’re all working together across our health topics so we can elevate the overall health of the community,” Brummett says. “And we’re all working farther upstream before things get to the point of crisis where someone is experiencing an overdose, or a suicide attempt, or maltreatment. If we can get ahead of these things, the idea is that all boats rise with the tide. It does take longer for that work to show its results, but if you're just doing intervention — which is still incredibly important — you're never going to see a change in the numbers."

FREE Event Educating CO Youth to be Responsible Drivers!

Educating Colorado Youth to be Responsible Drivers:
A Class for Parents and Their New Drivers

It’s time for your teen to get their restricted license.
But wait, what’s that?
Grab your teen and attend our FREE class to find out!
Learn the laws of your teen’s restricted license before you hand over the keys.

You will learn about:
  • The risks of young adult driving
  • What Graduated Driver Licensing is and how it impacts you and your teen
  • Adding a youth to your insurance policy
  • Tips on how to teach your young driver to be safe

All sessions run 6:30pm to 7:30pm

2018 class schedule:
July 18, 2018
September 19, 2018
November 7, 2018

2019 class schedule:
Classes will be held on the 3rd Wednesday every other month throughout the year.  Beginning with January 23, 2019

Class Location
Swedish Medical Center
501 E. Hampden Ave.
2nd Floor Conference Room Pine B
Englewood, CO 80113

Prize drawing for (1) $200 voucher towards Drivers’ Education provided by:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Suicide in Prevention in Colorado: The Role of Public Health Toolkit

The Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention supports local public health by providing data, tools, resources and expertise to further suicide prevention efforts in Colorado. This toolkit can help to provide resources and information to support local public health departments in their efforts to address the issue of suicide within their communities.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ARTICLE: Making Tulsa More Resilient

From Route Fifty
By Dave Nyczepir, News Editor
JUNE 8, 2018

Greenwood Avenue in Tulsa, Oklahoma was known as “Black Wall Street” during segregation because of its many, thriving African-American-owned businesses. Armed, white mobs burned the district to the ground in May 1921, after a 19-year-old black man, Dick Rowland, was accused of assaulting a 17-year-old white girl in an elevator.

Tulsa County dismissed the case against Rowland that September when the girl declined to press charges, but as many as 300 mostly black people were killed, according to American Red Cross estimates. The Tulsa Race Riot remains the largest race-based massacre in U.S. history.

On Tuesday, the city of Tulsa released its first-ever resilience strategy, which is as much about reconciling the city’s past as it is addressing existing racial and ethnic disparities. Most glaring is the life expectancy gap between a few of Tulsa’s northern, predominately African-American ZIP codes and whiter, more affluent ones to the south.

In 2005, what’s known as the Lewin Report found residents in those ZIP codes to the north had a shorter life expectancy by 15 years. A decade later, the gap decreased to 11 years and now sits at 10.7 years.

A number of social determinants play into the health disparities including access to medical care, grocery stores, mental health treatment and safe and affordable housing. The city’s Resilient Tulsa strategy has proposed 41 actions addressing improved health outcomes, as well as racial equity, economic inequality and disaster preparedness.

FREE WEBINAR: Diversity in Perinatal Mental Health Series

Join us for a FREE webinar series deepening our conversations about diversity, determinants and disparities in perinatal mental health! 

The virtual trainings will take place on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 12-1pm (PST). The series is free to all but prior registration is required. Login information for each session will be provided upon registration. Below you will find the full schedule and bios for the faculty.
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June 14, 2018 - Perinatal Mental Health Care for Military Veterans, Deborah J. Hayes, PsyD, LCSW, MPH & Kathleem M. West, MPH, DrPH
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IMPORTANT: You must attend live in order to view these webinars. Archives will be immediately available, so be sure to mark your calendars!