The Families Plus program has recently been designated a mental health specialty clinic by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health. This designation indicates that Families Plus meets all state standards for the delivery of quality mental health care to children in Delta County. The mental health specialty clinic title was achieved through a lengthy application process and a series of ongoing audits and site visits to the program through the end of last year. Dr. Brenda K. Holland, Families Plus executive director, was overjoyed with the news. "Families Plus has worked long and hard at developing supports for children that really work and also meet all standards of quality care," she said. "This designation shows the importance of all the hard work that community members here put into children growing up in challenging circumstances. Also our staff of seven mental health care professionals was most pleased to find that their work meets all quality standards."
Families Plus now joins about one dozen other state agencies that provide behavioral health assistance to groups of Colorado citizens that could benefit most from special services organized to fit their particular needs.
Families Plus is a local "homegrown" non-profit that supports families to partner with the community to help children thrive. Families Plus helps parents wrap community around their children to bring in more skill-building activities, better school achievement, complete health care and lots of good relationships with others around them. Area children have many enriching experiences with other people brought into their lives with the assistance of Families Plus.
For more information or to get involved call the Families Plus office at 874-0464 or visit Familiesplus.net.
The aquatics area at Bill Heddles Recreation Center continues to be closed as staff awaits the arrival of new lighting equipment and wiring.
"We are moving forward on this repair as fast as supplies will allow us to," said recreation director Wilma Erven.