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Our Division of Prevention and Early Intervention develops, implements and maintains strategies aimed at preventing and mitigating the impact of mental health concerns in the community. Some programs have specific eligibility, but overall the community is invited to participate in prevention activities.

Learn more about other methods of prevention and early intervention here:

For more information on any of these programs, please call 303.617.2300 or read more details below:

Arapahoe County has one of the highest levels of uninsured residents in Colorado. ACAN was initiated in 2013 in response to health care reform. ACAN’s goal is to help Aurora residents, especially those who are uninsured, enroll in the Colorado Health Exchange, Health First, and Child Health Plan Plus plans and to achieve 100 percent coverage in our community.

ACAN is a grant-funded collaborative program that uses multiple strategies to connect the community with Health Coverage Guides. Strategies include health fairs, health care coverage events, appointments, and open office times.

The Aurora Strong Resilience Center (ASRC) was formed in partnership with City of Aurora in 2013 as a community response to a shooting in an Aurora movie theater in 2012. ASRC seeks ways to promote community resilience through connections and relationships between people and across groups and to help people tell their stories and the story of Aurora in a positive way.

ASRC provides wellness classes and activities including:

  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Garden Therapy
  • Youth Groups

ASRC welcomes volunteers and ideas from the community. ASRC also hosts a number of community meetings and initiatives, including:

  • Aurora Health Access
  • The Build Initiative
  • The Community Conflict Center
  • Anschutz Community-Campus Partnership
  • NAACP
  • Mental Health First Aid

Participants in ASRC may also access short term and solution focused mental health services to help support recovery and enable people to respond in a healthy way to life stressors. If participants would like additional mental health services, ASRC staff will help them access a full range of services through Aurora Mental Health Center.

Aurora Youth Options (AYO) works with Aurora middle- and high school-aged youth and their families to navigate, connect, and provide positive individualized resources for success, including homework help and personalized tutoring.

Most importantly, AYO provides young people with opportunities to enhance their unique abilities and talents through mentorship. Adult volunteers are matched with young people based on mutual interest and personality traits. These mentors serve as teachers, advocates, and positive role models while developing friendships with participants.

For more information on this program, click here.

AYLP is a grant-funded program focused on prevention and early intervention related to substance abuse. The program’s work is guided by a youth advisory board – STRIVE for Purpose –  and a community advisory board – Arapahoe Substance Abuse Prevention or ASAP.

Using the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) guidelines for community prevention work, AYLP is developing youth leadership for prevention of substance abuse and social marketing to combat alcohol, marijuana, and other substance use in Arapahoe County and the City of Aurora. AYLP also provides an evidence-based prevention program called Botvin Life Skills Training in Aurora Public Middle and High Schools

Very young children may need access to specialized services that include their family or caregivers. ECFC clinicians have high levels of expertise in infant and early childhood mental health and evidence-based assessments and interventions.

ECFC services, provided in English or Spanish, include:

  • Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment services for children birth to age 6 and their families
  • Evidence-based parenting classes including Incredible Years and Nurturing Parenting Program
  • INSPIRE: an early childhood mental health consultation program serving childcare centers in Aurora

FHF is a prevention program for children ages 9-11 who are in out-of-home care and involved with child protective services. The children receive twice-weekly visits with a mentor and attend a weekly skills group. Outcomes for children include increasing the stability of placements, increased future thinking, and positive self-esteem. Participants may also experience a decrease in symptoms related to their difficult life experiences.

FHF was developed through rigorous research at the Kempe Center and is now housed at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. AuMHC is the first community agency to replicate this program, with strong support from the developers and high marks for adhering to the original evidence-based model.

FHF activities include:

  • Weekly skills group for the children
  • Twice-weekly mentoring visits for the children
  • Weekly individual and group supervision for the student/mentors
  • Weekly training seminars for the student/mentors
  • Consultation by the developers on all implementation strategies

Family Support Specialists are parents, grandparents, and caregivers who have children involved with mental health services. They use their personal experience to provide peer support for other caregivers who are facing the same challenges.

The primary activities of the Family Support Specialist Program are:

  • Peer-led support groups for parents, grandparents, and adoptive parents
  • Peer-led training and seminars including National Alliance on Mental Illness seminars, group facilitation training, mindfulness, and other topics of interest to family members
  • Educational advocates attend Individualized Education Program meetings with parents
  • “Community Café” model of community engagement
  • Quality improvement efforts through follow-up calls with clients after initial engagement in services and after services conclude
  • Specialists greet people who come to the Connect to Care centers for initial appointments at AuMHC
  • Specialists attend community meetings, serving as the voice of families in discussions and strategic planning.

The Maternal Mental Health program provides services for women with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. This includes integrated services at Metro Community Provider Network centers and individual therapy services at AuMHC.

The program also brings expertise in infant mental health to discussions of maternal mental health issues. The staff includes team members who are Certified Lactation Consultants and Pregnancy Support International trained.

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