Welcome back to County Connection for
this next segment we’re going to be talking about expanded mental health
services for our children and teens in Summit County and here to tell us all
about it are Kellyn Glynn from the Summit Community Care Clinic and Jen
McAtamney from Building Hope welcome Kellan and Jen.>>Thank you.>>All right so
our community is in the process of expanding the mental health services
that are available for children and teens can you tell us what that entails?
>>Yeah we are super excited about this you know this has been a big need for the
community all along and a number of years ago we really started offering
behavioral health services through our school-based health program and what we
found is those services were highly in demand so as part of the strong future
initiative one of the big priorities what that was developed was around
providing increased access to therapy for kids in the schools and so what that
actually means in the real world is we worked with the school district as well
as the care clinic to put together a program and they are going to this year
almost double the therapeutic capacity available for children in the schools
through the school-based health program in addition to that they are going to be
adding groups that previously were only available in places like Denver other
large urban areas so at the high school will be offering offering a
comprehensive DBT group which is for kids who are you know in really acute
and hard situations around depression and anxiety and might be have suicidal
ideations and some really serious issues these kids will actually be able to have
a group a formal group therapy with a companying parent class in the high
school which is incredible this is something you had to go to Denver for
previously in the middle school we’re gonna be rolling out or really the these
guys are gonna be rolling out a DBT group from skills group in the middle
school so the hope is by having and equipping these kids who are sensitive
with these school skills to manage their social emotional life that they won’t
ever get to the point where they need a comprehensive group when they’re in high
school in addition to that we’ll see stuff in the elementary schools we’ll be
doing some very amazing screening called aces screening has to do with trauma and
adverse childhood experiences we’re doing a pilot in both
um Dillon Valley and Silverthorne so all the fourth and fifth graders there will
be screened and the kids that score high for trauma will be put in a trauma group
once again this is a pilot and you know this will help those kids process that
and lead to better health outcomes for them over life that in addition to some
parent groups around challenging behaviors like ADHD and other kids who
are real expressive or real active and and just parents need some new tools and
tips will be able to offer these parent groups so it’s a pretty comprehensive
set of offerings and you and the care clinic worked very closely with the
school district to design that so that it’s integrated throughout the program
and that there are many touch points where the school district really handles
all the kids and handles their social-emotional learning we’ve got the
care clinic now through school-based health being able to handle those kids
in more acute situations.>>That’s amazing Jen so can you talk a
little bit about what made this expansion possible because there’s a lot
going on?>>There is a lot going on in our community you know and it really it all
comes down to the support of the voters here in Summit County last November they
passed one a strong future which was an initiative for the next ten years to
provide funds in the community to cover a number of different things but one of
the big ones was mental health so mental health early childhood wildfire as well
as recycling and and here today we’re talking about the strong future for
mental health so through a stakeholder process we were able to identify some
big gaps in the community and then really line those up to be funded and
the way that works is we actually work with mental health Colorado at building
Hope so we’re the advisory group for those funds so we work with the county
government we work with mental health Colorado to actually design those
programs to fill those gaps and then we sent that out into the broad world of
mental health providers and agencies and different organizations will bid on it
and then we have a local committee of people who have experience around mental
health issues who have been longtime locals and really understand the
landscape to then interview and vet those those proposals meet the vendors
ask them all the questions and then make a recommendation to the be occ to adopt
that vendor to basically deliver that service
the community so far this year we’ve done three of the the initiatives the
first one we did was around mental health navigation and that is firk so
we’ve gone from having one mental health navigator that was funded by building
hope to four three in the community and one at the jail so that is pretty
incredible so people are getting connected to services in a way that was
never possible before we also are working with the care clinic to expand
school-based health and then the one we just completed about a week and a half
ago was with the sheriff’s office for the coercive honor model and so it’s a
really unique model that we’re working with the county government a local
nonprofit and then actually those non those agencies and those vendors get
paid actually I’m contract directly through the county so that makes that
relationship really straightforward and then as building hope we actually work
with those organizations around data collection and monitoring that program
so that we can provide accountability to the BOCC.>>Awesome so within the strong
future mental health programs how did services for our children and teens rise
to the top as a priority?>>Well you know that’s something I kind of alluded to it
initially but once we started offering behavioral health services in our in our
schools that was the health service that is by far in the way in the in the
largest demand and so we really saw the fact that there wasn’t really more
capacity for kids but we know it’s a really vulnerable population when you
look at recent studies we know that 15 to 18 year olds are one of the one of
the populations where we’re seeing the largest increase in depression and
people being diagnosed with depression so making sure that we can reach kids
early and often gives us a chance to it like really when I think of nip things
in the bud and you know give them better outcomes over the long term I just got
hit by a raindrop right in my eye so yeah so Kellan you know you can comment?
>>A little bit too we we see as a community that there’s an increased
amount of people moving here and becoming interested in being here and we
have seen a rise in the acuity level of the people that were serving and the
kids that were treating so I think the population is there in the acuity level
is there for us right now too so increasing services
has been a huge help to meeting those needs of the community.>>Yeah I think too
you one of the things that’s really important about the school-based health
program is that when kids have behavioral health or other health issues
typically what that meant for a family is mom or dad had to leave work come
pick their kids up at whatever school that they were at bringing me to an
appointment perhaps in another place so kids were missing a lot of school
parents were missing a lot of work and sometimes that’s a barrier for therapy
and so by being able to pull kids out in the classroom one they’re missing less
class time and then at the end the family is able to do that with less
disruption and it really increases the access for folks so the school-based
health centers really do decrease the barriers that families have to serve and
they prevent people from getting the services that they need so.>>Right yeah
that convenience factor is just such a huge advantage having all these services
available right in the schools just must make a huge difference.
>>Yeah and access we see a lot of families and kids that we would never be able to
get to or have be seen based on the fact that they’re in school and they’re there
they’re available and they can get to us families just don’t have the sometimes
the means and the access to being able to get to appointments after school
their kids are so busy these days they have stuff going on from right after
school until they go to bed so it’s really great to be able to offer that
service when they’re there they’re at school.>>Yeah for all the kids and
families in our school district too so this is something that if you are you
know if you’ve got a kid in the school district and you as a parent needs
school you can access school-based health too right so whether it was for
physicals or other stuff I think that’s really important it was a long time for
me as a parent to realize that school-based health services were there
for all the kids and it’s so amazing to have your kid go there for their
well-child visit and they just pull them out of class and they pop back in later
yeah and it’s really affordable and they take insurance.>>Yeah absolutely and one
of the big things too about the school-based Health Service and what we
can provide is that we it’s not just a kid that’s in the community and is being
served if there’s a kid that goes off-site first school that they have a
sibling that’s in part of the district they’re eligible for school-based subs
services as well.>>So Kellyn what are the details in terms of if someone is
watching this at home and a parent or a teen or any one of our students in the
community what are the nuts and bolts of how folks access these services?>>Yeah so
our services we really try to provide kind of an open door policy where
there’s no wrong door you can get into us from any direction so they can call
the main clinic and be provided with a referral number based on which school
you’re looking for services at and we have lead people at each school that are
taking referrals so they would call the clinic and then be directed to one of
those people that would based on the school in the location and we also
encourage folks to go through their school counselors to a lot of our
referrals come directly from the school counselors the administration the school
psychologists that work there so we encourage that kind of that route is the
first case because sometimes the school counselors have other groups and have
other resources that they can also offer to the family as well so that’s probably
the best avenue is through the school counselors first and then coming
directly to us through the clinic and you can come directly through me and I
have definitely a lot of resources as well to give out and to provide and can
set up appointments do through our services that way.>>Fantastic so if people
are interested in hopping online and checking out some of this where can they
where’s their starting point?>>Yeah so its summit Community Care Clinic org it’s
our website and you can go on and find the referral process and the front desk
number there.>>Fantastic Jen or Kellyn are is there anything else that you’d
like to add about these new mental health programs for our kids?>>You know
one of the things I think is super neat is like I said you with behavioral
health in particular because the care clinic and school-based health really
has that integrated health model whether you come in through the dental office
for a dental screening or you come in because your kid has a sore throat
they’ll have a screening and if it identifies them as having issues around
depression or anxiety or other mental health issues that they will have a warm
referral which means someone will come and talk to them about the opportunity
to seek behavioral health services right then and there which i think is amazing
the fact that we are taking care of our bodies and our minds in the same place
and giving them both the same amount of attention I mean this is what we really
need to do as a country in order to solve our mental health issues is
realized that we’re just treating our brains which is just like our bodies we
don’t hesitate to go to the doctor when we tear our ACL or our shoulder is
hurting and we shouldn’t we should feel the same way about our brains and be
able to be open and honest about it because it’s really just another organ.
>>Yeah absolutely and we do what Jen’s talking about at the clinic we offer
that as well at the school-based health centers and so if somebody comes in for
a while child check or a sports physical they get that same assessment every time
so they’ll be able to access behavioral health needs if they need that as well.
>>Yeah and you guys bill insurance which is awesome because for a lot of
behavioral health services here in our community that you can’t access it
through insurance so through school-based health and the care clinic
if you’ve got a great insurance plan and with the Peak Health Alliance coming
here and really great reimbursement rates for our local therapists and also
very affordable access for families around those way those plans work we
really feel like we’re lowering the barrier so that people can address their
behavioral health needs.>>And the most that a family or a person will ever be
charged for a behavioral health visit at the clinic or the school-based health
centers is ten dollars so even if somebody does not have any access to
insurance or their insurance coverage isn’t so great the most you’ll ever be
charged just ten dollars per visit for behavioral health which is amazing not
easy I can’t find therapy for ten dollars anywhere so good quality therapy.
->>Yeah yep excellent well thank you both for coming on SCTV today and thanks so
much for the amazing work that you’re doing in our community it really is just
a tremendous list of new services that were providing to support our kids and
the rest of our community.>>Very amazing yeah thank you for having
us all right and thanks for braving the raindrops we’re gonna take a quick break
and when we come back we’re going to talk about what we’re doing this summer
for wildfire mitigation.

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