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  1. ‘Safe Places-Continuum of Care’  A Rural Collaborative for Homeless Youth and Families Growing Your Rural Collaborative of Care; An Example…The Colorado Experience  Facilitator/s Contact Information Bob Coulson MPA, MA. MDiv 303-866-4706, bob.coulson@state.co.us Arlene Reilly-Sandoval, MSW, LCSW, (PHD Candidate) 719-549-2905, a.reillysandoval@colostate-pueblo.edu Colorado Department of Human Services

  2. Today’s Train Destinations INTRODUCTIONS: Who’s Who? (Names, Roles, and Needs) THEMES: How Do You Grow… • Program Planning & Development; Best Practice-Replication? • Positive Youth Development; Older/Unaccompanied Youth? • Collaboration-Programs-Services; Child Welfare Youth? • Legislation and Policy; Homeless Youth Concerns? OBJECTIVES: How Do You… • Develop a Rural Network? • Implement the Plan? • Create Collaboration? • Conduct Outreach in Rural Areas? • Manage Rural Area and Partnerships Diversity? Colorado Department of Human Services

  3. Recognizing Our Partners • Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB); Federal Agency Partner • Colorado Dept of Human Services (CDHS); Divisions of Child Welfare (DCW), Supportive Services and Housing Programs (SHHP), and Colorado Works (TANF); State Agency Partners • Colorado Dept of Public Health & Environment (State-wide PYD) • Advisory Committee on Homeless Youth (ACHY) • United Way (Denver)-Bridging the Gap (BTG); PYD Partner • YES! Academy (YES!) & State Youth Leadership Team (YLT); Safety Net • Rural Collaborative Youth Leadership Team (RCYLT) • The Rural Collaborative for Homeless Youth (RCHY): Alamosa, Huerfano, Garfield, Moffat, Montezuma, and Montrose Partners • Urban Peak Denver (UPD); Unaccompanied Youth Services • Family Tree Inc. (FT); Youth in Families and Domestic Violence Services • Lutheran Family Services (LFS); faith-based Youth Crisis Services • National Safe Place; Rural, Bi-lingual, and Family Pilot Project Partner • Center for Systems Integration (CSI); Integrated Planning-Programming Colorado Department of Human Services

  4. Cool Partner Logos Rural Collaborative for Homeless Youth Video Huerfano County Family Resource Center Colorado Department of Human Services

  5. Partner Locations…Bridging Colorado Colorado Department of Human Services

  6. From Start-Up… Our Transformative Story… To Sustainment…

  7. Start-Up RHY Youth CDHS CSI • 7 Principles of Collaborative-Strengthening • Focus on Shared Values…”Helping Kids” • Target Real not Perceived Needs • CO-OPerate not Compete for Resources • Day 1…Shape Sustainability not Grant-Chasing • Stress a Small Steps-Successes Approach • Build Integrated Services not New Silos • Embrace Creative Tension not Challenges RCHY

  8. Sustainment BCP SSUF2 SSUF 1 SSRHY $2. 5 Mil KEY Strategy: The Center for Systems Integration (CSI) integrates the two rails of funding and programming to provide a seamless track for services delivery.

  9. Planning-Development-Replication THEME 1: How Do You Grow… • Best Practices for Replication? -Monthly E-Newsletters http://www.cdhs.state.co.us/childwelfare/SSRHY.htm -Survey Monkey http://www.surveymonkey.com/ -The NING http://www.ning.com/ • Program Planning and Development? - The Proverbial ‘Getting on the Same Page’ Checklist (Please see next slide) Colorado Department of Human Services

  10. Vision? 10 Collaborative? 9 Sustainability? 8 Funding? 7 Programs? 6 Populations? 5 Interests? 4 Stakeholders? 3 2 Needs? 1 Data?

  11. Colorado Department of Human Services

  12. Colorado Department of Human Services

  13. Positive Youth Development (PYD) THEME 2: How Do You Grow… • Positive Youth Development for Older Youth and Unaccompanied Youth? PANEL MEMBERS…Experiences: • Montezuma County Partners; Rural Youth Mentoring Program • Huerfano County Family Resource Center; Youth Leadership Team’s RHY CD • Urban Peak-Denver; PYD Programming with Transitional RHY Youth Colorado Department of Human Services

  14. Collaboratives; Programs and Services THEME 3: How Do You Grow… • Collaborative Programs and Services for Child Welfare Youth? PANEL MEMBERS…Experiences: • Garfield County Department of Human Services; The Role of an IOG • Moffat County Youth Services; Media and Social Marketing Relations • Montrose Department of Human Services; Community Connections • San Luis Valley Community Mental Health Center; Community Connections Colorado Department of Human Services

  15. Legislation and Public Policy THEME 4: How Do You Grow… • Legislation and Public Policy for Homeless Youth Concerns? PANEL MEMBERS…Experiences: • Division of Supportive Housing and Homeless Programs (SHHP) -State Homeless Coordinator (Statute) -Statewide Homeless Youth Strategic Plan -Statewide Advisory Committee for Homeless Youth (ACHY) • State Youth Leadership Team and Bridging the Gap Youth Leadership Team -Youth ‘Voice and Choice’ Tools and Successes: --Surveys, Trainings, and Testimony; Legislation, State Board, & CFSR Team Colorado Department of Human Services

  16. Nuts and Bolts (CSI) OBJECTIVES: How Do You… • Develop a Rural Network? -Community Readiness Assessments (Scaling Readiness) • Implement the Plan? -Community Action Plans, TRY, and Master Collaborative Services Plan • Create Collaboration? -Integrated Frameworks; PYD, Expanding Populations, Shared Outcomes • Conduct Outreach in Rural Areas? -Standardize Branding; Green Light Project, National Safe Place, Local • Manage Rural Area and Partnerships Diversity? -Monthly/Ad Hoc Project Management Group and TA Tele-Conferences -Social Network Analysis Colorado Department of Human Services

  17. Partners PanelQuestions and AnswersFriendly Reminder; Please complete a feedback evaluation before you leave, thank you! Colorado Department of Human Services