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Griffith Centers for Children, Inc.

Griffith Centers for Children provides trauma-informed and family-focused mental health services to some of Colorado's most at-risk children, youth and families to improve stability and functioning. Donate today and help GCC provide a comprehensive continuum of services to more Colorado children.

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TeleBehavioral Health

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Parents

Description

TeleBehavioral Health provides therapy and visitation services utilizing audio-video and HIPAA compliant computer applications. TeleBehavioral Health offers remote sessions for clients that do not have easy access to services from qualified counselors in the comfort of their own home or office.

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Community-Based Programs

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Parents

Description

GCC provides services to children and families throughout the state of Colorado. The Community-based Programs focus on supporting family stability, reunification, and overall mental health wellness. Services include trauma-informed outpatient counseling for children, youth, and adults; family preservation; supervised visitation; therapeutic visitation; and behavioral coaching (mentoring). The ability to offer both office-based as well as home-based services helps ensure access to services for a wide range of families as transportation issues are not a factor. Home-based services also provide children a more familiar and comfortable environment to receive care and helps facilitate greater interactions with the GCC staff member. Home-based services also provide an opportunity to include the entire family in the process.

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Evaluation of GCC programs includes a variety of tools beginning with identifying obvious improvement to each child's situation such as a residential youth moving to a lower level of care or a truant youth returning to school consistently. In addition to evaluating these behavioral markers, GCC more objectively evaluates its program success using survey instruments, clinical assessments, intake and exit interviews and statistical data as well as anecdotal information, statistical and staff discussion. On average, across all programs, the success rates are evaluated to be at 88%.

Foster Care Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Parents

Description

Unfortunately, some children are not able to safely remain with their biological families either on a temporary or permanent basis. In these situations, Colorado counties must find safe homes for these children. GCC works with various counties across the state to help place children in temporary foster homes until their biological families can be reunited or in permanent foster-to-adopt families. Some children may require placement with specialized therapeutic foster families who are experienced and trained to work with particularly traumatized children. Whether a child is in foster care temporarily or has been adopted through the foster care system, GCC focuses on finding the right fit for each child and foster or foster/adopt family. In addition to working hard to appropriately match children with foster families, GCC provides these children and families with ongoing services and support including: initial and ongoing training; access to audio and visual continuing education units; support meetings; professional support; 24/7 crisis intervention; financial reimbursement; respite care; and wrap-around service options.

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Advocate Success for Kids (A.S.K.)

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Advocate Success for Kids (A.S.K.) is a comprehensive counseling program for truant students. Truancy often is an indicator of one or more underlying issues such as unidentified learning disabilities or mental illness or even substance abuse or family discord. The A.S.K. program focuses on addressing the underlying causes of truancy to help each child grow in self-esteem, build character, and achieve success. This program provides each student with a counselor and mentor who coordinate with teachers and parents and work with the students to motivate and empower them to maximize academic achievement and self-development.

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Residential Treatment Program

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
At-Risk Populations

Description

The GCC Residential Treatment Program provides placement for males aged 12-18 who have been victims of physical, mental and/or sexual abuse, neglect and abandonment. Youth in this program come predominantly from counties across the State of Colorado as well as some out-of-state referrals. The Residential Treatment Program is specifically designed to assist extremely troubled youth-those who may be a danger to themselves or others and require intensive on-site therapy. Appropriate intervention for these youth can help provide them with the opportunity to heal and avoid future incarceration or hospitalization. Comprehensive services provided to youth and their families in this program include: Sex Offense-Specific Treatment; Independent Living Programming; Strength-based Approach; Community-Based Aftercare Services; Intensive individual, family, equine and group therapy; Structured milieu with behavioral level system; and On-grounds educational and vocational skills programs. There are also weekly community-based curriculum activities; experiential-wilderness adventure programming, and nursing/psychiatric services.

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Day Treatment Program/Education Services Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

The GCC Day Treatment Program provides an alternative therapeutic educational experience for students who have emotional, family or other related struggles that negatively impact their participation in traditional public-school settings. The Day Treatment Program academic services include remediation of academic subjects; individualized school program design; and academic testing. Clinical services include: individual therapy; family therapy; group therapy; psychological testing and assessment; parenting classes; and vocational counseling.

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Group Homes Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

The GCC Group Homes Program operates three different group homes to serve the needs of adolescent males who require intensive treatment and support. Youth in this program may be referred by the Colorado Department of Youth Corrections. The purpose of these homes is to create a structured and therapeutic environment that empowers youth to build healthy relationships, succeed academically, and develop life skills that help promote their personal identity, growth, and self-sufficiency. Each group home houses no more than 8 male youth at a time and is staffed by experienced youth treatment counselors who work with the youth to progress to a lower level of care. Some of the youth in the Group Homes Program attend public school while other youth require more individualized attention and academic support and participate in the Education Services Program offered through GCC's Day Treatment Program.





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