Children’s Mental Health Service Array Assessment

In collaboration with the Office of Behavioral Health, PCMH is co-developing a series of reports on the children’s mental health service array across Colorado based on surveys and focus groups with both providers and families. Workforce development and policy recommendations will be disseminated in June/July 2019. The findings of the service array assessment will be integrated into a comprehensive database of Colorado’s children’s mental health service providers and displayed on our interactive serve map. The map will be a dynamic tool designed to be accessible to providers, family members, policy makers, and other stakeholders seeking access to mental health services and other community support information.

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Trauma Responsive Care Training

PCMH is developing eight trauma responsive care training modules. This includes:

  • Strengthening Staff Resilience and Addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress
  • Trauma Responsive Communication Strategies
  • Trauma Responsive Care (General / All Professionals)
  • Trauma Responsive Practice in Education.
    In addition, PCMH is collaborating with Project ECHO to facilitate a six session ECHO series designed for mental health clinicians who work with children, youth, and adults with dual diagnoses of both intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.

Youth Suicide Prevention in Schools

Our overarching project plan is to develop and implement a tiered array of school-based youth suicide prevention programs. Following a regional needs assessment and planning effort, PCMH will develop and deliver no-cost training, coaching, and technical assistance to school-based staff across Colorado.

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Youth Suicide Prevention in Pediatric Primary Care

PCMH is consulting with Zero Suicide faculty and local stakeholders to develop a pediatric care pathway for youth suicide prevention in pediatric primary care. The pathway will focus on universal suicide screening of all pediatric patients as well as safety planning, brief intervention (when appropriate), and connection to community resources and supports, including mental health treatment. PCMH is also hosting a Zero Suicide Academy for up to 16 teams of primary care providers.

Tiered Care Coordination

Senate Bill 19-195 includes a requirement that all child/youth serving agencies across the state utilize a standardized children’s mental health assessment tool. PCMH is part of a taskforce formed by the Office of Behavioral Health’s COACT (System of Care for Children’s Behavioral Health) team to create an algorithm that will analyze standardized assessment scores from the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths assessment (CANS) to determine the level of care coordination needed for each child, youth, and family. PCMH will also support statewide training for all child-serving professionals who will use the CANS.

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