Grant aids counseling for flood victims

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A grant will make it possible for The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to offer a crisis counseling program for Coloradans affected by floods in September.

The department received initial funding of almost $792,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response.

The program will fund work by eight community mental health centers in the nine disaster-declared counties:

• AspenPointe Health Services – El Paso County

• Mental Health Partners – Boulder County

• Community Reach Center – Adams County

• North Range Behavioral Health – Weld County

• Touchstone Health Partners – Larimer County

• Jefferson Center for Mental Health – Jefferson and

Clear Creek counties

• Aurora Mental Health Center – Arapahoe County

• Centennial Mental Health Center – Logan County

Grant funds will be used to hire 66 crisis counselors who will provide crisis counseling during the initial 60-day period. The Colorado Spirit Flood Recovery program plans to apply for an additional grant to continue general public education for nine months, thereafter.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will oversee the project.

For more information, visit  the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response website.