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Caring For Colorado - B.E.S.T. Grant

In June 2018 SJBOCES was awarded a one year grant from Caring for Colorado to address an extreme need for more training and awareness of Adolescent Behavioral Health in our schools.  The B.E.S.T. Grant is for Building Expertise to Support Teachers. 
Southwest Colorado experiences significant need in the areas of youth mental health, substance abuse and suicide risk.  However, at the highest level in intervention, we have an absence of resources.  Through funding from Caring for Colorado, SJBOCES will coordinate and offer a multi-tiered and layered system of training and supports to school staff focused on prevention, early identification and effective referral to adolescent behavioral health services.  
Trainings that will be offered during the 2018-2019 school year include Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) , Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Question Persuade, Refer (QPR) as well as more comprehensive trainings on the Trauma Informed Approach in Schools and Restorative Practices.  
Please stay tuned for more information about resources and supports available through the B.E.S.T. Grant.