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Government Shutdown Resources

If you or a family member are affected by the recent government shutdown, the State of Colorado is stepping in to help. Furloughed workers are currently permitted to file for unemployment benefits. See Governor Polis’s press release for an overview, and visit the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment’s unemployment website for more details and […]

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New Report on Youth Suicide Prevention

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office just released a new report, Community Conversations to Inform Youth Suicide Prevention: A Study of Youth Suicide in Four Colorado Counties, which is now available to view online from our library. The report examines the growing rates of youth suicide in El Paso, La Plata, Mesa, and Pueblo counties, which […]

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Fort Lyon Supportive Residential Community

A recent news story discussed a new state audit report assessing the Fort Lyon residential facility – but the news report failed to actually link to the report. You can view the report here. The report provides a cost-benefit analysis of the facility and an assessment of success rates. Fort Lyon, in Bent County, served […]

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Mindsource Brain Injury Network

If you’re looking for resources and information on brain injuries, the Colorado Department of Human Services has a new website that may be of help. The MINDSOURCE Brain Injury Network, mindsourcecolorado.org, is a site for Coloradans with brain injury and their families and caregivers. “MINDSOURCE manages the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund, provides training […]

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Video Resources from the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) not only provides services to students enrolled at the school, but also provides “outreach programs [that] serve students, staff, and families in communities throughout Colorado.” One of the ways CSDB reaches out to the community is through the many video resources they offer. Some of […]

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Job Hunting for People with Disabilities

Many Colorado businesses offer opportunities for persons with disabilities to become employed, a situation which can greatly enhance the person’s life.  If you or someone you know is disabled and looking for employment in Colorado, be sure to view A Job-Hunting Guide for Colorado Citizens with Disabilities, produced by the Colorado Career Web of the […]

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Mental Health and Crisis Services

The State of Colorado has many resources for those who are in crisis, and those who serve them. If you are a Coloradan experiencing a mental health, substance abuse, or emotional crisis, you can dial the 24-hour Colorado Crisis Services Hotline, 1-844-493-TALK(8255).  The hotline provides immediate, confidential support from a licensed counselor or other mental […]

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Adoption Resources

November has been declared National Adoption Month, to bring awareness to the thousands of children awaiting adoption, as well as to recognize and celebrate those families that have brought adopted children into their home.  If you are considering becoming an adoptive parent, it can be difficult to know where and how to begin the process.  […]

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Child Care Provider Resources

If you are involved in child care in Colorado, there are many laws and regulations you must be aware of.  Here in our library we have a number of publications that can help child care providers navigate the many safety and health requirements for child care facilities and operations. Child Care Assistance and Regulation in […]

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Suicide in Colorado

Colorado’s suicide rate is climbing. Since 2009 the suicide death rate has increased each year. To put things in perspective, according to the Office of Suicide Prevention Annual Report 2014-15,  the number of suicide deaths in 2014 exceeded the number of deaths from homicide (172), motor vehicle crash (486), breast cancer (553), influenza and pneumonia […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Colorado Industries for the Blind

During the 1950s the State of Colorado sponsored a program, run by a five-member board, that provided jobs for blind persons.  Colorado Industries for the Blind, or C.I.B., was modeled after a federal program and supported by state sales taxes.  It focused on four areas:  manufacturing, vending stands, rehabilitation, and home industries. Employees on the […]

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Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

June has been designated as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.  Alzheimer’s and related dementias affect over 47 million people worldwide.  The disease has been found to be linked to genetics so if you have a family history of Alzheimer’s, it is smart to be aware of the disease and how it could affect you or […]

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Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

Under Colorado law nearly 40 different professions are required to report cases of child abuse and neglect.  However, many people in these professions have reported not receiving the proper training on mandatory reporting.  To find out if you are in one of the professions that is required to report, see the list posted at the Colorado Department […]

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Colorado State Hospital

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP), formerly known as the Colorado State Hospital, is celebrating its 135th anniversary this year.  (See the news story from the Colorado Department of Human Services.)  The institution was founded as the Colorado State Insane Asylum on October 23, 1879.  It grew from 12 patients that year to […]

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Colorado Suicide Prevention Week

Governor Hickenlooper has declared the week of September 7-13, 2014, to be Colorado Suicide Prevention week (see the governor’s proclamation here.)  Suicide is the leading cause of accidental/injury death in Colorado.  Our library has many resources on suicide and suicide prevention.  Some highlights include: Colorado Higher Education Student Suicide Prevention Report Resources for Suicide Prevention and Intervention:  […]

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Colorado Child Support Resources

August is Child Support Awareness Month.  Our library has a number of resources on child support that can help you navigate the process.  Examples of publications on this topic available from the State Publications Library include: Child Support Enforcement Services Parent’s Guide to Child Support (also in Spanish) Modifying your Child Support Order (also in […]

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Prescription Drug Abuse

The State of Colorado has taken on the issue of prescription drug abuse after a national survey ranked Colorado as the second-worst among all fifty states for abusing.  You can read more about the survey and Colorado’s efforts to combat this problem at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention […]

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Community Performance Center: Child Welfare Data from the Colorado Department of Human Services

You may have seen mention in the newspaper of a new website from the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), titled Community Performance Center, or cdhsdatamatters.org.  This site provides data and information on topics related to child welfare, including child abuse and neglect, permanency, visitation, out-of-home care, and more.  Data is presented by topic and […]

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Brain Injury Resources

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has produced a new guidebook, Brain Injury in Children and Youth:  A Manual for Educators, that can assist school personnel in identifying and understanding concussions and other brain injuries that can occur in children.  For more brain injury resources from CDE, see their Brain Injury website.

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SB14-002: Safe2Tell Program

SB14-002, regarding the Safe2Tell program, is making its way through the Legislature.  Safe2Tell is a service which teens can use to anonymously report threats to themselves, their school, or someone they know.  Currently a 501c3 nonprofit, the Senate Bill will make the program part of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and provide approximately $277,000 in state funding.  […]

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Homeless Programs

The Colorado Governor’s Office, the Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs – Division of Housing, and various local nonprofits have teamed up to produce a new report, Pathways Home Colorado:  Ensuring All Coloradans Have a Place to Call Home.  The report takes a look at the various initiatives around the state that are working toward reducing […]