Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
The mission of the Integrated Care program is an extension of the Maria Droste Counseling Center vision for affordable, quality counseling services for all people. Integrated Care's purpose is to leverage partnerships with other agencies to provide valuable mental health treatment to those in the Denver metro (and potentially rural) communities that have social, economic, cultural or other barriers to mental health support. The program addresses the mental health needs of children, adults, older adults, immigrants and refugees, seniors, and victims of violence in settings where they are already receiving assistance in other ways, such as primary care settings, senior living facilities, affordable housing, and shelters. By providing these services at community sites, we ensure that not only do the clients at each site have direct access to care, but they feel comfortable enough to seek treatment within their community. Providing co-located community care also maximizes opportunities for screening, diagnosis and treatment and improves likelihood of individuals following through on referrals to treatment.
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Children First - Program Description
The Children First program provides school-based counseling services to children who are in crisis or at-risk for school failure. In 2017, Children First provided counseling, mentoring and support for 635 children and families at 21 participating schools in the metro-Denver area.
Children First is designed to achieve the following objectives: (1) Identify at-risk children who are experiencing serious emotional and situational problems; and (2) Work individually with each child to resolve underlying issues and promote improvement in social skills, problem behaviors and academic competence.
How the Program Works: At-risk children are referred to Children First throughout the year by a teacher, parent or school principal. Program counselors provide one-on-one counseling and other types of supports as needed and to help at-risk children address their emotional needs, process emotional or physical
trauma, improve social skills and academic competence and decrease problem behaviors. Each child's counselor also serves as a positive role model, following the student throughout the course of the school year, providing guidance and often advocating or coordinating with others on behalf of the child. This may be as simple as helping a child who is having difficulty making friends after changing schools in the middle
of a school year, or as difficult as working with a grieving child after the death or loss of a parent. Program activities may include individual, family or peer group counseling as well as social skills development, play therapy, and/or mentoring. Services are intensive and held weekly, throughout the school year. In addition, parent, guardian or family involvement is highly encouraged, as everyone works together to ensure each
child's success. Through these efforts, children receive the personalized attention and support necessary to facilitate positive change.
Who We Serve: Children First clients are low-income students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Many of the participating Children First schools have populations with a majority of students (69% to 98%) eligible for free or reduced lunches. Many participating children live in single-parent or grandparent
households. Some families are homeless, while others may have a parent in prison or a family member struggling with alcohol or drug abuse. Many of the children have experienced some type of trauma and all of these children are at high risk for academic failure.
Need for Program: Children who are struggling academically, socially and emotionally often become the youth at risk for drug abuse, violent crime, suicide or dropping out of school. In contrast, the most consistent indicators of finishing high school are early academic performance and academic and social
Children in this program benefit by learning and practicing new skills, improving peer relationships, resolving difficult family situations and by reducing problem behaviors. Children and families receive the personalized attention, mentoring and support needed to facilitate positive change. Ultimately children
benefit by improving academic performance-the primary indicator for successfully completing high school in the future.
How We Measure Success: Evaluation results from the 2014 - 2015 school year demonstrate that Children First is making a positive impact on participants. In fact, of children who scored below average on the pretest, 61% of children were rated significantly better in Social Skills at the post-test; 50% of children were rated significantly better in Problem Behaviors post-test; and 46% of children were rated significantly better in Academic Competence at post-test.
Evidence of the CHILDREN FIRST program's success is based on results of the Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS), along with feedback from participating school administrators, teachers and parents.
According to the 2014-2015 Results, of the children who were rated below average in Social Skills at pre-test, 61% improved significantly as a result of the CHILDREN FIRST program. With regard to Problem Behaviors, 50% showed significant improvement in behaviors. Of the children who were rated below average in Academic Competence at pre-test, 46% were rated significantly better at the end of their participation in the program.
Program results have been consistently positive for many years. In addition, feedback from teachers, parents and school administrators confirms that the program is effective in helping children and families address serious problems at home so that children can improve and succeed in school. We anticipate that the CHILDREN FIRST program will have a similar, positive impact in the future.
Mental Health, Substance Abuse
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)
Options - Program Description: The Options program was established to fill the need for mental health services for underinsured and uninsured individuals. The goal of the Options program is that individuals and families receiving services will experience positive change in their lives as demonstrated by improvement in psychological, social and occupational functioning, reductions in severity of symptoms, and effective
problem resolution. The Survivors Mental Health Program (SMHP) was developed as an extension of Options to specialize in providing counseling for victims of trauma, violence and abuse. In 2014, Options served 731 non-duplicated individuals with 6,038 hours of counseling.
Options is designed to achieve the following objectives: (1) Identify at-risk adults who are experiencing serious emotional and situational problems; (2) Work individually with each client to resolve issues and promote improvement in daily life, functioning, self-sufficiency and achieve stability.
How the Program Works: Maria Droste provides a comprehensive intake assessment and mindfully matches clients with the best therapist for their specific challenges to maximize their chance to improve and succeed. Program counselors work with individuals and families to set goals and identify strategies to address specific issues, symptoms or problems that affect their ability to work, parent or function effectively.
Who We Serve: Most Options clients come from underserved and uninsured families facing significant challenges in several areas of life including loss of employment, financial crisis, relationship discord, legal involvement and physical illness. One-hundred percent (100%) of Options clients had annual income levels
less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. To ensure access, counseling fees may slide as low as $5 per session.
Need for Program: The Options program serves people who are overlooked by the public mental health care system and lack adequate health insurance or the income necessary to obtain counseling through other resources. Options clients frequently lack family or social support networks. Sometimes their
situations have become so overwhelming they feel that they can no longer parent or perform daily tasks. By the time they contact Maria Droste, these individuals often have already been turned away by multiple other agencies or programs.
How We Measure Success:
In 2013, the Options program helped clients to effectively reduce symptoms and improve overall functioning, as measured by the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) and Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) Scale, used to measure each client's level of functioning and overall level of psychological, social, and
occupational functioning on a continuum. Eighty-five (85%) of clients will report that Options helped them deal more effectively with the problems and issues for which they sought counseling.
With your help, Maria Droste Counseling Center will continue to make a significant difference in the lives of children, adults and families in our community in-need. We are all grateful for your support.
Evidence of the Options program's success is based on results from the Client Satisfaction Survey and Brief Symptom Inventory.
Client Satisfaction Survey: In February 2014, 82% of survey participants said that services helped them a "great deal" to cope more effectively with their problems. One hundred percent (100%) indicated they would recommend Maria Droste Counseling Center to a friend in need of help.
Survey results have been consistently positive for many years.
In addition, results of the Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI) have been very strong. In two of the last three years, Options program clients have shown significant improvement (statistically significant decreases in severity of symptoms) in all nine symptom categories.
We anticipate similar, positive results in the future, and we look forward to the continued success of the Options program.
Mental Health, Substance Abuse
Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
The Survivors Mental Health Program at Maria Droste Counseling Center is a specialized program for adult survivors of abuse or violence who also struggle with serious mental health problems.
Consistent with our organization's mission, we help individuals who lack health insurance or the financial resources necessary to obtain counseling through other sources. At Maria Droste Counseling Center, no one is turned away because of inability to pay.
Survivors of trauma or abuse often experience post-traumatic stress, severe depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or suicidal impulses. Our Survivors program is designed to specifically help with these issues. We offer the following key services:
- Individual therapy
- Crisis intervention
- Case management
- Medication evaluations
A primary goal is to help survivors attain stability and avoid the demoralizing and costly experience of being hospitalized. Our highly-trained, licensed professional counselors and therapists offer hope, comfort, healing and support during difficult times. Participants benefit by improving coping skills, reducing symptoms of emotional distress, achieving stability, sustaining employment, and improving quality of life.
Evidence of the SMHP program's success is based on the results of the Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI) along with the Client Satisfaction Survey completed by participants in the program.
For the clients that were served by the Survivors Mental Health Program in the first half of 2014, the measure of change was determined for a six month period.
The TRAUMA domain includes those scores that are indicative to a diagnosis of PTSD according to the DSM-IV. Individuals with an elevated TRAUMA score tend to have experienced one or more major traumas in their lives and currently experience those symptoms commonly associated with PTSD. On this measure, 28% of clients experienced a statistically significant improvement.