2022 Behavioral Health Services Impact Fund Grants Announcement

Grants for the 2022 Behavioral Health Services Impact Fund Grant Program, including the Gary A. Darling Award, were recently approved by the Larimer County Board of Commissioners at their Administrative Matters Meeting .

Behavioral health services [BHS] is the administrator of funds generated by a ballot initiative for the expansion of behavioral health services in Larimer County. BHS reinvests these funds back into the community through the Impact Fund grant program and other initiatives to meet countywide needs.

“The thorough process and number of steps that these grants go through to ensure that they are relevant and follow the language of the ballot and will be able to have measured results and show the work that will come from these taxpayer resources that we are so grateful to have to do this work in the community,” said Larimer County Commissioner Jody Shadduck-McNally.

The 2022 grants were approved by the Behavioral Health Policy Council, the advisory council established to foster regional coordination and equitable distribution of grants across the county, before receiving final approval from the Larimer County Board of Commissioners.

“Geographical distribution is important. When voters approved the sales tax initiative, it was important for them to know that we would be building a behavioral health facility, but we would also be pouring funds across the county to benefit our community,” said Larimer County Commissioner John Kefalas.

Target grant areas for the Impact Fund are determined by the BHS Technical Advisory Committee, made up of experts in the behavioral health field, and the Consumer Advisory Board made up of residents with personal experience navigating the the behavioral health system.

Targeted grants are designed to fill gaps in behavioral health care with concentrated focus and funding and include:

  • Care Coordination and Systems Integration
  • Workforce expansion and support
  • Alternatives and Interventions in Criminal Justice
  • The Gary A. Darling Award is given to an organization that stands out in this category
  • Services in various contexts
  • Expansion of child and youth services

Responsive grants are awarded to organizations that identify a behavioral health need and offer solutions that fall outside of the targeted grant areas but align with BHS funding priorities.

“Programs that help youth and families are really at the top of the list and get a lot of funding. Especially during COVID with isolation and children not attending school, mental health issues have been of great concern,” said Larimer County Commissioner Kristin Stephens. “So to see over $1 million of taxpayer dollars directly impact and help children who have struggled through this difficult time is truly remarkable.”

BHS awards 42 grants to various programs serving county residents with a total funding distribution of $2,876,738. Approval from the Board of the County Commissioner allows us to exceed the initial funding of $2.5 million, allowing BHS to extend additional financial support to organizations serving Larimer County.

2022 grant recipients:

● Prosecutor’s Office of the 8th Judicial District ● Healing Warriors Program
● Abundance Foundation ● Return Alliance
● Larimer County Suicide Prevention Alliance ● Cocine
● Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County ● Larimer County Criminal Justice Alternatives
● CASA of Larimer County ● Larimer County Sheriff’s Office
● ChildSafe Colorado ● Lyon Fire Protection District
● Colorado Assessment and Counseling Center ● State of mind representatives
● Colorado State University College of Health and Human Services ● Northern Colorado Health Alliance

● Horn Defense

● Northern Colorado Health Sector Partnership

● Crossroads Refuge ● Outreach Fort Collins
● Denver Rescue Mission ● Partners
● Larimer County Early Childhood Council ● SummitStone Health Partners
● Estes Park School District ● Center SAVA (Defender of victims of sexual assault)

● Estes Valley Fire Protection District

● Specialized Alternatives for FamiliesYouth of Colorado (SAFY of CO]

● Pediatrics for all children ● The Family Support Center
● Fort Collins Discovery Museum ● The Family Center/La Familia
● Exceptional Front Range Riders ● Thompson School District
● Harmony Foundation ● Waypoint
● Hearts and Horses ● Willow Collective
● Housing Catalyst ● Yarrow Collective

The prestigious 2022 Gary A. Darling Scholarship is awarded to the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for $136,728. Funding from the award will be used to support diversion programs and focus on the behavioral health of nearly 100 adults and minors involved in criminal justice with behavioral health issues, substance abuse and/or co-occurring needs in the county of Larimer.

Behavioral Health Services is honored by the number and quality of grant applications received and is pleased to recognize these organizations and their commitment to meeting the behavioral health needs of communities in Larimer County.

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