Youth Mental Health First Aid

Central Colorado AHEC has partnered with Americorps to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

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This digital notebook was complied by Central Colorado Area Health Education Center, in conjunction with Mental Health First Aid Colorado, to help support Youth Mental Health First Aiders after their training.

Welcome to the family!

Jacinta Lisauskaite
Americorps Youth Mental Health First Aid Liason
Central Colorado AHEC


The Central Colorado Area Health Education Center (CCAHEC) is a the front range regional member of the state's larger AHEC network. CAHEC strives to increase public-private collaborations with regards to improving access to care of underserved populations. CCAHEC strives to create a healthy and informed populace served by a well educated, diverse workforce in an accessible health care delivery system.

 Colorado Behavioral Health Council

Working together to improve the health of Coloradans through the delivery of high quality, community-based, integrated behavioral and physical healthcare services.

The Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC) is Colorado's statewide, community-based mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery service association. Advocating on behalf of its members, CBHC works with policymakers and community leaders to enhance the community behavioral health system and improve the health, wellness, and safety of all Coloradans.


Mental Health First Aid Colorado provides coordinated and strategic leadership, critical infrastructure, and the necessary implementation supports to facilitate the statewide growth of both adult and youth Mental Health First Aid. We are a coalition driven by community and state agencies across Colorado with leadership from the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council and support from the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health. The backbone of MHFA Colorado is a growing network of instructors that are trained to encourage public understanding and involvement through teaching the signs and symptoms associated with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Mental Health Resources

Colorado Mental Health Resource Guide. This document is prepared by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado. It lists counselors who work on a sliding fee scale, and advocacy groups for various mental health concerns among other items.

Compiled by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado, this guide has resources on mental health advocacy groups, free/reduced counseling centers, and other mental health resources. Note: Please use the Mental Health Center information on the Mental Health Center contacts page as the listings are outdated.

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Mental Health Centers. This document is an updated list of mental health center contacts for reach region of Colorado. It was complied by the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council.

Contact Information
Counties Served
Joan DiMaria, MSN, CAC III Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
155 Inverness Drive West Suite 200
Englewood, CO  80112
(303) 730-8858
Arapahoe, Douglas


Dr. Mick Pattinson, President and CEO

525 North Cascade Road Suite 100                           Colorado Springs,  CO 80935                                     (719) 572-6330 El Paso, Park, Teller
Randy Stith, Executive Director
Viewpoint Plaza
11059 E. Bethany Drive
Aurora, CO  80014
(303) 617-2300
City of Aurora, parts of Arapahoe
Bern Heath, Executive Director
281 Sawyer Drive
Durango, CO  81303
(970) 259-2162
Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan
Liz Hickman, Executive Director
211 W. Main Street
Sterling, CO  80751
(970) 522-4549
Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma
Sharon Raggio , Executive Director
6916 Highway 82
PO Box 40
Glenwood Springs, CO  81602
(970) 945-2583
Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt, Summitt
Rick Doucet, Executive Director
8931 N. Huron Street
Thornton, CO  80260
(303) 853-3500
Harriet Hall, Executive Director
4851 Independence Street Suite 200
Wheat Ridge , CO  80033
(303) 425-0300
Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson
Carl Clark, M.D., Executive Director
4141 E. Dickenson Place, Denver, CO 80222    
(303) 504-1250
Barbara Ryan, Executive Director
1333 Iris Avenue
Boulder, CO  80304
(303) 413-6263
Boulder, Broomfield
Jon Gordon, Executive Director
2130 East Main Street
Montrose, CO  81401
(970) 252-3200
Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, San Miguel
Larry Pottorff, Executive Director
1300 N. 17th Avenue
Greeley, CO  80631
(970) 347-2120
Fernando Martinez, Executive Director
8745 County Rd. 9 South
PO Box 810
Alamosa, CO  81101
(719) 589-3671
Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, Sagauche
Becky Otteman, Executive Director
711 Barnes
La Junta, CO  81050
(719) 384-5446
Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Prowers
Dorothy Perry, Ph.D., M.B.A. – Chief Executive Officer
1304 Chinook Lane
Pueblo, CO  81001
(719) 545-2746
Huerfano, Las Animas, Pueblo
Randy Ratliff, Executive Director
125 Crestridge Street,   
Fort Collins, CO 80525     
(970) 494-9870
Louise Delgado , Executive Director
3225 Independence Road
Canon City, CO  81212
(719) 275-2351
Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake

Mental Health Implementation Framework. The Colorado Behavioral Healthcare framework was created by the Colorado Legacy Foundation to assist schools and educational institutions implement tiered mental health supports within their communities.

Compiled by the Colorado Legacy Foundation, this guide is designed to assist schools in implementing appropriate RTI mental health interventions at the Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 levels.

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School Culture and Preventative Factors

Research has shown that positive factors in a youth's life are strongly correlated with a reduced risk of mental health challenges. The resources below are Colorado based organizations which promote healthy lifestyles and early intervention in the lives of youth. MHFAC does not promote one specific organization but rather provides listings for other organizations.

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B.I.O.N.I.C. Team

The B.I.O.N.I.C. Team was started in the 2004-05 school year at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, Colorado in response to four suicides of students at our school a few years earlier. It is a club to help support students and staff going through challenging times and prevent other students from falling through the cracks. As a result, since 2004 we have reached out to over 50,000 people. Over 550 schools around the world have inquired about starting a B.I.O.N.I.C. Team on their school campus. Through the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team, young people are making a difference in their world by helping others facing challenging times such as new students, sick or hospitalized students, students and staff who lose loved ones, and other schools experiencing tragedy.


The B.I.O.N.I.C. Team is an organization designed to help fellow students, students' families, and staff through challenging times.


• To make new students feel welcome
• To reach out to hospitalized students
• To reach out to students with extended illnesses/health conditions
• To reach out to students and their families, and staff that experience the death of  a loved one
• To reach out to other schools that experience tragedies

B.I.O.N.I.C.'s New Bully Prevention Program!

Look at this media clip of our new bully prevention program which is a simple add-on to any program at your school. It’s called “Prevent Bullying by Just Saying H.I.”

H – Help – Get help immediately from an adult when you see bullying - If you see bullying and you don’t feel comfortable stepping in and stopping it, contact an adult ASAP or report it through the procedure already set up in school.

I – Initiate – initiate contact with the bullied student – sometime that day reach out to let him/her know you care - If you feel comfortable stepping in during the incident, ask the bully to stop then reach out to the bullied student and ask him or her to hang out with you. - If you don’t feel comfortable stepping in at the moment of the incident, reach out to that student sometime that day – i.e. “I saw what happened and I am sorry. It was wrong and I reported it.” “I come this way every day at this time and I will be watching to see if it happens again.” “Would you like to sit with me next time?” “Would you like me to walk down the hall with you next time? - If you feel comfortable, tell the bullied student you reported this incident to an adult.


Green Mountain High School
13175 W. Green Mountain Dr.
Lakewood, CO 80228

CalmingKids: Creating a Non-Violent World

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CALMING KIDS (CK) is an innovative bully-proofing program for pre-school through high-school aged students. Founded on the yogic principle AHIMSA, meaning non-violence, CK blends yoga with non-violent communication techniques to develop an attitude of non-violence toward the self, toward peers, and toward the community. CK's award-winning, scientifically-proven curriculum improves anger management, increases concentration, reduces stress, improves physical well-being, and causes more effective, compassionate communication.

Dee Marie, Executive Director


Legal Resources

This section is designed to serve as a brief introduction to the legal rights of youth with regards to mental health services. It is not intended to replace the value of consultation by a lawyer.

In Colorado, 15 is e age with which a minor has privacy rights with regards to mental health services. However, if the therapist feels the information in their sessions is of value to the parents, the therapist can override that confidentiality. In addition, schools and community organizations may provide information about mental health services to teens over the age of 15 without informing parents.

The Child Mental Health Treatment Act (CRS 27-67-101, et seq.) was enacted into Colorado law in 1999 through House Bill 99-1116. The Act allows families to access community, residential, and transitional treatment services for their child without requiring a dependency and neglect action, when there is no child abuse or neglect. To be eligible, a child must have a mental illness, be under the age of 18, and be at risk of out-of-home placement or at risk of further involvement with a county department of human/social services. The Act applies to both Medicaid eligible and non-Medicaid eligible children, although the application and payment processes differ. Local and State-level appeal processes are available if services are denied, and for local interagency disputes.

Child Mental Health Treatment Act Webpage

Program Profile 

CMHTA Brochure

CMHTA Brochure En Espanol

CMHTA Mental Health Center/BHO Contact List, revision date 3/2014


Health and Mental Health Rights of Minors in Colorado

This document was published by the Colorado Association for School Based Healthcare. It outlines all areas of minor legal rights with regards to healthcare but also provides in depth information on mental health rights in Colorado. Use control + F and search for mental health to skim for all mental health resources.

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Fact sheets

Colorado Legacy Foundation Publications

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National Institutes of Health Publications

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Post Traumatic Event Resources

This section of the document is designed to provide you with resources, procedures, and information when your school is navigating a traumatic event. This information was complied on the Colorado School Safety Association website.

Parent Level Resources - From The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Having difficult conversations with students

This resource guide provides helpful tips for how parents can address the concerns of their children after a school traumatic event

School Level Resources - From NEA Health Information Network

Colorado School Crisis Guide

Published by the Colorado Education Association, this guide is a step by step planning guide for schools traumatic events.

Community Member Resources - From The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid is designed for community members after traumatic and crisis situations.

Region Resources

This section is designed to provide "one-pager" resources for each county. It is suggested that schools and organizations add it's own contacts and procedures and then post this information in its emergency procedures folder located in each classroom. As we offer trainings in more counties, more will be added.