Yo u r c o m m u n i ty n e w s l e tt e r f o r m e n ta l w e l l b e i n g Summer 2010 A publication of Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network If only this had been available to me… IN this issue The good news: In a ground-breaking collaboration, community agencies and members joined forces to create the 18th Judicial District Mental Health Court. As a result: • Treatment and rehabilitation for adult offenders with mental illness will be more appropriate and effective. by Chris Orloski About the author: Suffering from untreated schizoaffective disorder, Chris spent 18 months homeless in Washington D.C., Boston and Tampa, where his delusional beliefs • Public safety will be enhanced by treating the mental illness and substance abuse that may contribute to criminal activity. led him to numerous •Scarce tax dollars will be better spent. he reflects on how encounters with the police. Now a peer mentor at the 18th Judicial District Mental Health Court, a court like this could have made a difference in his life. There is a new type of court in town, one that will dramatically influence the treatment of people with mental illness. According to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, mental health courts began to appear around 2000, and now number more than 150 in the United States. On Friday, April 9, 2010, I had the privilege of seeing Colorado’s first district-wide mental health court — one that accepts non-sex offender and non-violent felony cases — in action. Based in Arapahoe County in the 18th Judicial District, our Mental Health Court diverts certain people with mental illness from the jails and prisons to mental health treatment programs. As I witnessed that day, the Mental Health Court is a problem-solving court. The Honorable Chief Judge William Sylvester presided over this particular hearing, and his enthusiasm, wisdom and humor were contagious. I found myself nodding my head in agreement, over and over. And when it was time for applause (ever continued on page 2 Facts About Offenders With Mental Illness 25% One quarter of Colorado inmates have moderately severe to severe mental illness.* 64% Individuals with mental illness are 64% more likely to be arrested for a particular crime, compared to individuals without mental illness who commit the same crime.** 58% Colorado offenders with severe mental illness have a higher recidivism rate (58%) than those without mental illness (47%).* * Schnell , MJ and Leipold, M.O. (2006). Offenders with Mental Illness in Colorado. Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado Springs, CO ** Olsen, J. (2001) Incarceration, homelessness and health. National Health Care for the Homeless. Nashville, TN admhn.org If only... continued from page 1 Mindful Living is published three times a year by Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network (ADMHN). 303 779 9676 Phone 303 889 4900 Fax admhn.org This is your newsletter! We welcome your comments, questions and ideas for articles. Please e-mail: [email protected] Magistrate Laura Findorff, and sometimes the Honorary William Write us at: Sylvester, chief judge of the 18th Judicial District, presides over the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network Community Relations 155 Inverness Drive West, Suite 200 Englewood, CO 80112 If you no longer wish to receive our communications, you may unsubscribe at any time by e-mail ([email protected] admhn.org), by phone (303 779 9626), or online at admhn.org. Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network offers comprehensive mental health services for adults, seniors, families and children. • Counseling — Individual, Group, Family • Psychiatry — Medications • Case Management • Substance Abuse Treatment • Acute Treatment Unit — Adults • Intensive In-home Therapy • Supported & Residential Housing — Adults • Vocational & Social Rehabilitation— Clubhouse • Victim Services • Criminal Justice Services • Day Treatment Therapeutic School • School-based Services • Pharmacy • Education and Wellness Programs • Speakers Bureau Information & Initial Appointment 303 730 8858 Emergency & Crisis Intervention 303 730 3303 Board of Directors Thomas J Flanagan, Jr, President Lt. Attila C Denes, Vice President John Phillips, Secretary/Treasurer ‘Nita Brown Mario A Harding, MHA, FACHE Todd M Helvig, PsyD Robert L Ireland Kelli Kane, LCSW Oksana Navratil Patricia Opper, LCSW José Reyes, LPC, EDD Capt. Vincent E Sauter Richard F Spiegle, PsyD Carla A Vellos Melanie Worley Appointed Directors Susan Beckman, Arapahoe County Commissioner Barbara Drake, Douglas County Human Services Director Community Board Member Tom Burger Mental Health Court hearings. heard applause in a courtroom?), I was clapping as loudly as everyone else. There was much to celebrate. The participants in the Mental Health Court program were demonstrating their achievements on their paths to recovery. One participant had remained sober for 150 days. There was much applause for this achievement. Another individual had acted responsibly when he was intentionally kicked in the knee. There was applause for his demeanor and willingness to remain calm, considering that he would have previously considered the kick sufficient cause to strike back. When it was the attacker’s turn before the judge, Judge Sylvester skillfully used the event to teach a lesson. The judge assigned that participant homework: to list two appropriate ways to respond to someone when angry. The judge asked relevant questions of each participant —questions about hygiene, showers, laundry, diet and weight. His focus and attentiveness were amazing. The judge also addressed compliance with treatment plans and court instructions: UAs (urine analysis), curfews and medication. When a court participant expressed difficulty with anger and the possibility that her medications were not working properly, the judge assigned homework: to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and to write a description of how bipolar disorder affects her moods. The judge’s constant smile suggested he was enjoying his role of helping people along a path toward recovery. Throw out that stereotype of stern justice. I thought, “This judge is great! I wish I had access to this type of court when I needed help. This is fantastic!” It was very inspiring to see family members of the participants in the court room. Family members were permitted to speak, give their opinions and make requests. One family wanted their son home for the weekend so that he could help his father with auto body work. Another participant, a bit further along in the program, described his renewed relationship with his sister; this too drew a round of applause. It truly is a cause for celebration when family connections are reestablished. continued on page 9 Printed on Recycled Paper © Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network, 2010 A Milestone for Our Community December 4th, 2009 was an important milestone. In a quiet courtroom on the third floor of Colorado’s 18th Judicial District, the first session of the Mental Health Court was convened. The proceedings might have surprised the casual observer. At one point, a defendant, having read a statement to the courtroom about his goals and aspirations, received an encouraging nod from the district attorney. At the end of the hearing, the defendant was invited to approach the bench to shake the magistrate’s hand. For this defendant, it was the beginning of a long personal commitment to recovery through the new Mental Health Court program. For those in the courtroom who had worked hard to bring the Mental Health Court to fruition in our community, the hearing was the culmination of two years of collaboration and hard work. On December 4, 2009, our staff and others proudly watched the first session of the 18th Judicial District Mental Health Court. Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network took a leading role in the planning for this In the Past… important cross-agency project. For years, the number of people with mental illness in our jails and prisons has continued to grow. Staff members at county detention centers and the Colorado Department of Corrections have been challenged both financially and emotionally by this population. Professionals in the courts, mental health field and law enforcement have watched individuals with mental illness cycle from jail to the streets—and back again to jail. Some offenders’ families have suffered the loss of loved ones, due to the somewhat ineffective and cumbersome system. By 2007, support for change for those with mental illness in the court system was growing. At the local level, the Metro Area County Commissioners charged a special task force with investigating the gaps in the mental health/criminal justice continuum. And at the state level, commissions appointed by the governor had been studying the issue. The Colorado Judicial Department created the Colorado Problem Solving Courts Program. Nationwide, a growing field of therapeutic jurisprudence and problem-solving courts had arisen. continued on page 4 FACT The Treatment Advocacy Center reports that, in Colorado, for every mentally ill person who is being treated in a hospital, there are four more who are in jail or prison. From Traditional Court to Mental Health Court… What is the Difference? Why was the Mental Health Court established? How are things different Traditional Court Mental Health Court New Court’s Benefits Serves all offenders. Serves only offenders with mental Illness, who usually have co-occurring substance abuse issues. •Focuses on offenders’ specific needs. Follows an adversarial model, sentencing offenders to do time. Addresses the root causes of the criminal activity through problem-solving. •Offers more effective treatment. Incarcerates people repeatedly, with little or no mental health treatment. Addresses mental illness, substance abuse and criminal thinking in a two-year program. •Helps break the cycle of recidivism. now for participating offenders with mental illness, their loved ones and the community? •Provides better use of taxpayer funds. •Enhances community safety. admhn.org 3 a milestone... continued from page 3 Collaborating for a Solution Inspired by research as well as the findings of the Justice Center Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project and its demonstration mental health courts, a small group of people in our community stepped forward to find solutions for the 18th Judicial District, which includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. A steering committee was formed, comprised of the chief judge of the 18th Judicial District, the district attorney, the chief operating officer of Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network, and the public defender. With a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, the committee hired former public defender Gina Shimeall, who Gina Shimeall, Mental brought together more than Health Court Coordinator, 60 agencies and individuals 18th Judicial District, during a period of 18 months Colorado to plan the Mental Health Court program. The broad community representation and active collaboration of all agencies that work with mentally ill offenders brought strength to the planning process. As a problem-solving court, the Mental Health Court departs from the typical court format, where two opposing sides seek different outcomes. Instead, all parties are focused on the single goal of successfully reintegrating the individual into the community, and breaking the cycle of recidivism. Putting Research into Practice Who are the Mental Health Court participants? The court participants often come from desperate situations, with histories of trauma and abuse, as well as mental illness. There has never before been any funding for mental health treatment for such individuals involved in the criminal justice system. According to Mental Health Court Coordinator Gina Shimeall, “the underlying cause of these offenders’ criminal behavior is severe mental illness. They have poor coping mechanisms. Their ability to think and solve problems is affected by both mental illness and self-medication with street drugs.” Often lacking positive role models, mentally ill individuals often fall back on criminal thinking patterns that have served as Research shows that there are two signature elements of survival skills for them in the past. a mental health court. One is cross-agency collaboration and coordination. The other is use of a single, multidisciplinary treatment team that reports to the court, providing all case management and treatment. The 18th Judicial District Mental Health Court incorporates these two elements. The court is only open to defendants with severe mental illness who have a pending nonviolent and non-sex felony charge or felony probation violation. A history of such a charge will also disqualify them from program participation. Individuals with past or current misdemeanor charges may be eligible. Participation is voluntary. Applications are thoroughly reviewed by the District Attorney’s office, defense attorneys, probation, the Mental Health Court coordinator and Court magistrate, and treatment providers. continued on page 6 Referrals to the Mental Health Court If you know someone in our counties who might benefit from the Mental Health Court program, please contact: Gina Shimeall, 18th Judicial District Mental Health Court Coordinator 7305 South Potomac, Room 140 (Judicial Services Office) Centennial, CO 80112 E-mail: [email protected] Phone: 303 738 8043 Criminal Justice Services Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network provides a full range of mental health and substance abuse treatment services throughout the criminal justice system, helping offenders with mental health issues to successfully return to the community as law-abiding citizens. The goal is to break the cycle of recidivism, resulting in a safer community for everyone and a better quality of life for offenders and their loved ones. In our programs listed below, individuals have access to therapy, psychiatrists and medication management, as well as to case managers who help with practical issues such as obtaining housing, benefits, job training and rehabilitation. Crisis Intervention Services What is Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network’s role in the Mental Health Court? Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network provides community-based CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) police officers are trained to recognize symptoms of mental illness in individuals they encounter in the community. These officers refer such individuals to our CIT intervention team so that case managers can help them find the assistance they need, such as substance abuse and mental health treatment, as well as other services. mental health and substance abuse Probation, Community Corrections and Parole Re-entry Services case management, mental health Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network provides services to adolescents and adults with mental illness to prepare them for a successful transition back into the community. Such individuals come from psychiatric hospitals, acute treatment units, jails, mental health holds, and community correction facilities such as Arapahoe County Residential Center (ACRC) for women and Addiction Research Treatment Services (ARTS). We also have a criminal justice clinical specialist who identifies and closes service gaps for offenders who re-enter the community. Juvenile Justice Services We work with school districts and community agencies to decrease the likelihood of youth encounters with law enforcement. Additionally, we have on-site staff at the Juvenile Assessment Center and the Marvin W. Foote Youth Services Center. A psychiatrist also serves at the latter site. treatment—with oversight by the court—in collaboration with staff from the 18th Judicial District Probation Department. The Mental Health Court treatment team provides time-intensive and substance abuse treatment, medication compliance monitoring, individual counseling, group therapy and support with daily life skills. Case managers help the individual with benefits and referrals to community services and resources, such as housing, clothing, food, and social and vocational rehabilitation. One of the goals of treatment is to reverse criminal-thinking patterns. The ultimate goal is to successfully reintegrate the individual into the community and break the cycle of recidivism. To learn more about the 18th Judicial District Mental Health Court and the criminal justice treatment services available through Arapahoe/ Douglas Mental Health Network, visit Mental Health Court Treatment Services admhn.org, select Services on the Our multidisciplinary team works with court personnel to provide case management, medication, therapy, substance abuse treatment and support to people who are participating in the 18th Judicial District Mental Health Court. left navigation bar and then click on Criminal Justice Services. All criminal justice programs at Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network focus on three elements — treating the mental illness, treating any corresponding substance abuse, and changing the criminal-thinking patterns of the individual. admhn.org 5 a milestone... continued from page 4 “Arapahoe County’s Mental Health Court resulted from a converging recognition of significant needs in our community by many agencies and individuals,” according to Joan DiMaria, FACT chief operating officer of Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network. “Their commitment to the concept, and their willingness to transform theory into carefully detailed policies and procedures, demonstrates the importance of the Mental Health Court to the community.” For Participants, This is Hard Work! Accepted applicants are sentenced to the Mental Health Court for intensive communitybased treatment. An individual treatment and supervision plan is approved by the court for each participant, who must agree to all court terms and conditions. A participant must graduate through phases of the program that dictate the frequency of court hearings, drug testing, treatment group contacts and other conditions. Non-compliance can result in sanctions such as a weekend in jail. Repeated violations can lead to re-sentencing to the traditional court. The length of time to graduation from the Mental Health Court is estimated at two years. The Mental Health Court treatment team —comprised of a therapist, case managers, nurse and a psychiatrist—provides timeintensive case management and mental health and substance abuse treatment. This includes medications, compliance monitoring, individual counseling, group therapy and training in daily life skills. According to Scott Thoemke, executive director of Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network, “The goal of this program is three-pronged: to treat the mental illness, to treat the often co-occurring substance abuse, and to reverse criminal thinking patterns.” Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network provides communitybased mental health and substance abuse continued on page 7 Thank you to all the agencies that are sharing their resources and volunteering their time to make the Mental Health Court a reality. •18th Judicial District Probation •District Attorney’s office •Public Defender’s offices •Pre-Trial Services •Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network •18th Judicial District Probation •Arapahoe County Community Resources •Arapahoe and Douglas counties’ sheriffs departments •Arapahoe & Douglas county’s detention facilities •Arapahoe County Criminal Justice Planners •Family Tree, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program •NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties •Arapahoe & Douglas county commissioners •Metro Community Providers Network •Colorado Department of Local Affairs •Aurora Mental Health Center •Behavioral HealthCare, Inc. •Operation Frontline: Healthy Choices Colorado •Many members of private defense bars Grant Acknowledgement •Caring for Colorado Foundation •Colorado Justice Assistance Grants Program •Colorado Problem Solving Courts Program a milestone... continued from page 6 treatment in collaboration with staff from the 18th Judicial District Probation department. “Many court participants don’t have a safe, stable place to live, so we provide temporary supervised housing at our Santa Fe House facility,” says COO Joan DiMaria of Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network. “We are working on other housing options. Currently we are using federal Neighborhood Stabilization funding to refurbish a 12-unit apartment building. Plus, we continue to look at more projects down the road.” Participants receive assistance to apply for benefits and find other community services and resources, such as more permanent housing, clothing, food, and social and vocational rehabilitation. The Mental Health Court is still in its infancy, but we have already seen evidence of its impact. The parents of one participant told us, “We thought we had lost him to the street. We never thought we would have our son back. Now we see hope.” The 18th Judicial District Mental Health Court is still a work in progress. With the dedication and hard work of all of the participating agencies and individuals, it is likely to become a model program in Colorado. We now turn to the community to augment grant funding and provide the resources to supply housing, transportation and clothing, as well as meet other critical basic needs. This project was supported by Grant No. 2009-SU-B9-0020 and Grant No. 2009-DJ-BX-0002, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. We’re going green. Sign up or update your information at admhn.org. Our goal is to transition to e-mail to save our resources and the environment. We can only do it with your help. Please visit admhn.org to update your information and provide us with your e-mail address. Your information will never be shared. During this transition, you’ll continue to receive information on events and classes, plus great mental health tips to live well, both by mail and e-mail! To sign up or update your information: Go to admhn.org. Click on “Join Our Mailing List.” Need assistance? Call 303 779 9676. If you no longer wish to receive our communications, you may unsubscribe at any time online at admhn.org or by calling 303 779 9676. admhn.org 7 Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network Community Education We offer free and low-cost educational programs. Find the latest list of offerings at admhn.org. Please note that registration is required for most classes. Sign up today! Within Our Reach — A Relationship Communication Workshop for Married, Pre-marital and Singles! Explore your relationship and learn new communication skills that will greatly increase your chances for a fulfilling marriage. This secular workshop is a part of the Colorado Healthy Marriage Project, a statewide partnership. Becoming a Love and Logic Parent® Learn to stop the bickering, tantrums and meltdowns! This proven series provides parents with easy-to-learn tools to solve parenting problems and raise responsible, confident children. Discover practical tips that you can use right away. Bring your spouse, partner, childcare provider and friends! Parenting the Strong-Willed Child Learn how to help your child to keep his/ her strong personality while encouraging appropriate behavior at home, at school and in the community. This class is offered in English and Spanish. Mental Health First Aid Training This 12-hour training program will teach you to recognize when someone is in emotional crisis or is developing a mental health problem, and will give you a five-step action plan and skills to use until help arrives or the crisis is resolved. The course is taught by trainers credentialed by The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. What is Mental Health First Aid ? It is the initial help given to a person showing symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis (such as severe depression, psychosis, panic attack, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors) until appropriate professional or other help, including peer and family support, can be engaged. Take a class! Many free and low-cost educational programs are offered by Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network. Find the latest educational offerings at admhn.org. Sign up today! 8 If only... continued from page 2 Also in the courtroom were members of the Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network’s treatment team, who approved requests for passes from the judge to see family and to go on outings. One participant asked for permission to buy a cell phone, but was told to wait until graduating from phase I to phase II of the Mental Health Court program, which permits more freedom, responsibility and decision-making. So, what does having a mental health court mean for mental health consumers? First, mental health courts are having a huge, positive impact on decreasing the stigma of mental illness. Second, discrimination based on mental disability is beginning to be eliminated from the criminal justice system. Third, instead of languishing in jail cells, some people with mental illness are being placed in treatment programs and are recovering. Fourth, nuisance crimes are being treated as they should be—the unfortunate result of untreated mental illness. After witnessing the court in action today, I am convinced that our justice system is on the right track. Judges and mental health professionals are working together to solve mental health problems and to help people recover instead of nursing along a broken criminal justice system. I have witnessed the jail and prison systems firsthand, and although some readers may not agree, I believe that prisons are simply incubators for criminal thought and criminal activity. This Mental Health Court is a breath of fresh air and a welcome change. We should embrace our Mental Health Court and be thankful that it has arrived. 10/21/10 Save the date! 6th Annual Raising Spirits Wine Tasting & Auction Dozens of domestic and imported wines Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres Unique auction items Live jazz Early registration admhn.org 303 779 9676 admhn.org 9 Your Support Matters In these challenging times, your support is needed more than ever to ensure that critically needed mental health care is available to those in need in our community. Donations — to our programs, in honor of loved ones, and in support of our events — are deeply appreciated. To donate, contact the Development Office at 303 793 9601. Less than one-third of adults and half of all children with a diagnosable mental disorder FACT receive needed mental health services in any given year. Please help us to provide mental health care in our community. Thank you from all of us at Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network. Individual Donors Anonymous (9) Drs Gail and Darrell Adams Jeffrey Allen Susan Bell Lois Lyon Bellis Barbara Benton Janelle Bergquist Susan Black, MD David Bolocofsky Paula Bovo David and Rebecca Briggs Anita Brown Candace Burch Thomas and Mary Cay Burger Carol J Campbell Jill Christensen Dave Cichon Pauline D Daghlian Cory and Attila Denes Vic and Jan Derks Joan and Vince DiMaria Catherine A Dold Laurie and Steve Elliott Michael and Beth Ellis Emily Fine Thomas J Flanagan, Jr Patricia F Frederico Marilyn and Ken Gaipa Lisa Gawenus Meryl and Mark Glickman Janet and Marc Goalstone Peggy Gordon Brenda and Brad Greicar Mario Harding Warren and Donna Harrison Patti and Kevin Hein Julie Hoffman Richard Horrocks Robert and Kris Ireland Mike and Gail Jackson Chuck and Marcie Jordan Kelli Kane Steven and Debra Kennedy Mr and Mrs David Kipper Linda Knight and Robert Tobias Ann Kusic Judy Langley Amanda Baston and Joanna Lanum Johanna Levene Mary Lilley 10 Alan Megibow Carol Miller WL and Paul Miller Sandra K Mills Carolyn Moershel Dorothea J Moore Eric Moore Bob and Adeline Murphy Oksana Navratil Carolyn and Kevin O’Brien Patricia Opper Nancy O’Shields Christina Peragine MD Gail and Jeff Ploen Jean Ray Ruth M Ryan Barbara Sanchez Jean Selders, PhD Gina Shimeall Donna Mae Spring Paul Staley James E Strain MD Lecia Taylor Scott Thoemke Kevin Ann and Mark Tieman Lisa and Mike Traudt Russell VanNostrand Elizabeth and Brian VanVechten Carla and John Vellos Kathleen and Michael Vervalin Stephen and Judye Wahlberg Maureen Waller Rick Watson James and Christine Woods Frances Woolery-Jones Memorial Gifts Aurora Mental Health Center, in memory of Robert Thoemke Carolyn Dacres, in memory of George Dacres John M Daly, in memory of Shelley A Daly Meryl and Mark Glickman, in memory of Robert Thoemke and Elizabeth Wilson Julie Holtz, in memory of Elizabeth Wilson Julie Holtz, in memory of Shirley Holtz Carolyn Moershel, in memory of Robert Thoemke and Elizabeth Wilson Martha E Peck, in honor of David Barney Jones Melissa G Royle, in honor of Stephen Henderson Gina Shimeall, in memory of Elizabeth Wilson and Janet Huck Gina Shimeall, in memory of Robert Thoemke Gina Shimeall, in memory of Frances Braun Corporate and Organization Donors Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP First Data Foundation Innovest Portfolio Solutions LLC Kaiser Permanente Key Foundation NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties Pro/File Systems Inc The Parks Group LTD Thresholds, PC WalMart Super Center Grants Arapahoe County Caring for Colorado Foundation City of Littleton City of Lone Tree Colorado Justice Assistance Grant Program Colorado Division of Behavioral Health Colorado Problem Solving Courts Program Douglas County PAJWell Foundation Town of Castle Rock VALE Board, 18th Judicial District Raising Spirits Sponsors Aurora Mental Health Center Behavioral HealthCare Inc Citywide Banks City of Glendale Intermountain Rural Electric Association Kaiser Permanente Nikolas Golosow MD Signal Behavioral Health Network 9th Annual Mental Health Luncheon Sponsors Arapahoe County Arapahoe House Aurora Mental Health Center Behavioral HealthCare Inc Cherry Creek Schools City of Glendale Citywide Banks Community Reach Center Douglas County Haven Behavioral Senior Care Highlands Behavioral Health System Intermountain Rural Electric Association Kaiser Permanente Lockton Companies, LLC NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties Nikolas Golosow MD Rocky Mountain Institute for Alcohol & Drug Education Signal Behavioral Health Network In Kind Donors Darci Archer Paula Bainbridge Frankie Ballard Rosalina Diecidue Michael and Beth Ellis Brian Glater Laurie Harbert Peggy Hendrick Linda Metcalf WL and Paul Miller Charles Patti Deanne Sandler Nathan Siegal Lisa and Mike Traudt Paul Valdez Sean Willard Lockheed Martin Space System Company MEAD BRIDGE Auction Item Donors 1-800-GOT-JUNK 5280 Sport & Fitness Arapahoe Floral Baker’s Way Brio Tuscan Grille Brown Palace Hotel Chipotle Mexican Grill Colorado Women’s Roller Derby/ Denver Roller Dolls Commercial Cleaning Systems Complete Chimney Cleaning Davidsons Liquor Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Einstein Bros Bagels Elway’s Glenwood Hot Springs Jim Barbour Photography JW Marriott at Cherry Creek Kismet Lockton Companies, LLC Lone Tree Police Department Mathias Lock & Key May Enterprises & Co Inc Mercer Health & Benefits National Western Stock Show New Belgium Brewing Company Newsradio 850 KOA Opus Restaurant Panache Catering Print Partners Reinke Bros, Inc Sanctuary Schindler Elevator Scottish Stained Glass Skate City Littleton South Metro Fire Rescue South Suburban Parks and Recreation South Suburban Parks and Recreation Super Suppers The Egg & I Restaurant The Parks Group Ltd The Pooch Mobile Town Hall Arts Center United Airlines Flight Center The above lists reflect gifts received from July 16, 2009 to June 1, 2010. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our donor list. If any error or omission has inadvertently occurred, please contact us at 303 793 9601. Resources New Online Guide to Local Criminal Justice System The local affiliate of The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) — NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties — provides education, support and advocacy for people with mental illness, as well as for their friends and family. To learn more, visit namiadco.org or call 303 991 7688. NAMI’s new online Guide to Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, CO is a nontechnical guide with information to help a loved one with mental illness to navigate our local criminal justice system. Family-to-Family Education Program This free 12-week course is for families of individuals with severe mental illness, and is open to families of mental health court participants. The course curriculum, led by trained family members, focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. The content includes information about clinical treatment of mental illness and provides the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively—and to connect with others facing similar challenges. admhn.org 11 Arapahoe Mental Health Center 155 Inverness Drive West, Suite 200 Englewood, CO 80112 To our friends and neighbors, In this issue, you will read about the new Mental Health Court in the 18th Judicial District, and the unique community collaboration between criminal justice, mental health and judicial agencies that made it all possible. This ground-breaking new court program is consistent with state and community priorities to reduce jail recidivism while maintaining public safety. Plus, this program is a more humane way of managing offenders with mental illness — a previously under-treated and somewhat ignored population. We’re very proud to have been instrumental in the planning and implementation of the court, working with Chief Judge William Sylvester, District Attorney Carol Chambers, Public Defender James O’Connor, and Mental Health Court Coordinator Gina Shimeall, along with many others. This includes key staff from Arapahoe County Pre Trial Services and Judicial Planning, the 18th Judicial District Probation, the sheriffs departments of Arapahoe and Douglas counties, area police departments, NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties, and several defense attorneys. Funding for the court and associated mental health treatment for court participants represents community collaboration as well. Thanks go to the Colorado Justice Assistance Grant Program, Caring for Colorado Foundation, and the Colorado Judicial Problem Solving Courts Program for their generous grants. Arapahoe County was a facilitator of a Justice Assistance Grant and provided additional support through the county’s Community Development Department. Now that the court has become a reality, Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network’s Mental Health Court treatment services team is in full gear. It is our firm belief that the court and our treatment services will have long-term, beneficial effects on the lives of individuals and families, as well as our entire community, enhancing both our justice system and public safety. Sincerely, Scott Thoemke, MS Ed, CACIII Executive Director and CEO To learn more about the Mental Health Court, why it was formed and trends in the treatment of offenders, as well as our treatment services, visit admhn.org. Select Services and click on Criminal Justice Services.
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