Published: Oct. 24, 2016

Mental Health Partners announcement 

The team of grant recipients, five women from Mental Health Partners and CU Boulder, stand in a row and pose for a photo, smiling.

Left to right: Sara Reid, MHP research and evaluation manager; Janine D’Anniballe, MHP director of trauma services; Kimberly Shipman, CU Boulder senior research associate; Marcella Torres, CU Boulder research associate; Monica Fitzgerald, CU Boulder senior research associate. (Photo courtesy of MHP)

Mental Health Partners (MHP) has been awarded a 5-year $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration for a collaborative project with the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence. The aim is to increase the capacity to identify children and families who have experienced trauma and provide evidence-based trauma-focused treatment. 

The partnership also allows MHP to become a Community Treatment and Services Center in the prestigious National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

The joint grant project, Building a Trauma Center of Excellence for Children and Families in Colorado: A Community-Academic Partnership, is a coordinated effort in which the Center for Study and Prevention of Violence will provide vital capacity-building training in trauma-informed evidence-based practices, including targeted interventions for Hispanic families, military families and families involved in the child welfare systems.

Also, the project will lead to the development of a trauma-informed system at MHP to screen, assess and provide trauma-focused treatment to children and families who have experienced trauma. It is expected the project will provide training and implementation support to more than 900 clinicians, as well as serve over 3,100 clients at MHP.