Mile High Behavioral Healthcare

Mile High Behavioral Healthcare provides comprehensive, client-centered behavioral healthcare to those in the Denver community; your donation helps provide education, prevention and treatment programs for persons recovering from addiction, experiencing homelessness, or diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

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Beat the Street

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Gays/Lesbians
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Like most of the nation, Denver has seen major increases in the number of homeless and runaway youth/young adults. A recent survey estimated that there are 1,500 homeless youth in the Denver area on any given night, and that this number has increased seven fold over the past decade. The study also found increases in the rates of addiction, dependency and untreated mental illness among
this high risk age group. Many young people are reluctant to participate in housing and supportive services geared for older homeless adults. They may also encounter barriers due to providers' inexperience in relating to or helping with their special needs.

Mile High Behavioral Healthcare and Urban Peak partnered to develop and implement Beat the Street, which targets homeless
and at-risk young adults in the Denver metro area with substance abuse, mental illness or co-occurring disorders. Its purpose is to improve stability and self-sufficiency for young adults age 18 to 24 by
providing individualized substance abuse and mental health treatment, integrated with age appropriate housing and support services. This project is funded by a Treatment for Homeless -
Services in Supportive Housing grant (a federal SAMHSA grant) to support the program's integrated treatment, intensive case management, and performance assessment. Other program
components - including outreach, supportive housing, wraparound services (e.g., employment services, medical care, HIV/STI screening) and peer recovery support -are delivered using
existing resources.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Beat the Street has successfully ushered hundreds of young adults from the streets into living healthy, productive and successful lives. With continued funding, this program is anticipated to continue its trajectory, providing services to the well over 1,500 runaway and homeless youth in the Denver metro region.

Miracles

Class

Mental Health, Substance Abuse 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Female Adults
Females
Gays/Lesbians
Military/Veterans

Description

The Miracles Program is a substance abuse treatment program designed specifically for women, using an integrated approach to recovery addressing multiple issues, such as trauma and mental health in addition to substance abuse disorders. The Miracles Program addresses illegal drugs, prescription drug abuse, addictive behaviors, and a broad range of related issues.

Miracles addresses nearly every area of life that negatively impacts a woman's ability to attain and maintain sobriety and is attended by women, aged 18 and older, who have been referred by health care providers, child welfare programs, human services and probation programs. Miracles offers safety, grief and loss classes; courses on parenting and family relationships; trauma treatment; cognitive behavioral therapy; family, couples and child play therapy; GED preparation; and, yoga, acupuncture and nutrition classes.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Over 10 years ago, a national sewing company joined the Miracles program by providing used sewing machines to start a weekly quilting project. Since then, 14 fantastic sewing and quilting instructors have eagerly volunteered hundreds of hours of time every Wednesday morning (snow, sleet, rain or shine) to help women get back on their feet, build self-confidence, enhance and discover creativity and provide informal recovery support. Approximately 95% of the women in the Miracles Program are survivors of abuse - often beginning when they were young children. Many grew up living in high-risk families where domestic violence, mental health and substance abuse problems and trauma were issues that were not identified and went untreated. Though there are very few programs in Colorado to help address treatment needs for this population, Mile High Behavioral Healthcare offers exceptional services to women in need. When it's time to make some tough choices, the Miracles Program for Women is here.

The Denver Element

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Gays/Lesbians
Male Adults
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Denver ELEMENT serves the community's gay/bi men in their journey of mental, physical and social well-being. Their mission is to improve the gay community through outreach, community building, opportunities for personal growth, HIV education and risky substance use prevention and education.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Element is a highly-successful and long-running program within Mile High Behavioral Healthcare; its mission and service are widely known throughout the Denver metro community.

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