Colorado receives $5 million to enhance mental health services for homeless youth


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~~“The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) has been awarded the Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Illness grant totaling $5 million over five years. The project is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

With this funding, OBH will contract with Urban Peak in Denver and in Colorado Springs to increase access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness who have a serious mental disorder. Urban Peak is the largest provider of services for homeless youth in the SAMHSA region that includes Colorado and was chosen for the grant through a state request for application process.

Three major goals will drive the work over the next five years:

    Identify and engage homeless transition-age youth (ages 16-25) suffering from a serious mental disorder and/or co-occurring intellectual developmental disability (IDD) through coordinated outreach.
    Promote cross-agency collaboration to increase the number of transition-age youth accessing mental health treatment.
    Connect homeless transition-age youth to public benefits, employment and social support and recovery services.”

  • Other
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Colorado Department of Human Services, SAMHSA
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