Colorado Community Health Alliance (CCHA) recently awarded more than $1 million to 11 community entities through the CCHA Community Incentive Program.
Developed out of commitment to supporting and reinvesting funds in community programs, the CCHA Community Incentive Program supports community entities that improve health, reduces cost and increase access to services for Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) members. The community incentive program is funded using incentive payments CCHA has earned for achieving key performance indicators set by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF).
“Strong community supports help CCHA work toward our goals of enhancing the quality of life for our Health First Colorado members while reducing costs,” said Ken Nielsen, representative on CCHA’s board of directors. “Each of this year’s recipients address barriers for Health First Colorado members getting the care and services they need through increasing access to physical, behavioral and oral health. We are honored to support the recipients as they help to provide care for vulnerable population such as those in need of behavioral health services and people who frequently use the emergency department.”
The 11 selected entities represent community projects in Boulder, El Paso, Jefferson, Park and Teller counties that focus on gaps in care identified through a community assessment process. These projects will directly address barriers to care such as transportation, mental health and access to care.
Boulder County Health Improvement Collaborative (BCHIC)
Project overview: BCHIC’s mission is to improve health outcomes among the community’s most vulnerable by expanding access to specialty care. The project will fund approximately 1,128 hours of work over the 12-month funding period.
City of Longmont Public Safety Department
Project Overview: City of Longmont’s Public Safety Department is committed to developing alternative systems to the criminal justice system and identifying ways they can more effectively respond to behavioral health issues in the community. Their CORE team works to reduce the number of unnecessary M1 holds, their LEAD program works to reduce the interaction with the criminal justice system, their Community Health Program works to connect individuals with a medical home to reduce the usage of the ED, and their Angel Initiative is a self-referral program for individuals looking for help with a substance use disorder. The awarded money will fund a case manager, paramedic services (provided by the City of Longmont Fire Department) and program costs, and will serve up to 100 Health First Colorado members per year.
Colorado Springs Fire Department
Project Overview: Community Assistance, Referral and Education Services program (CARES) assists frequent users of the 9-1-1 system and EDs in Colorado Springs with their health needs through outreach, assessment, connection to community resources, and care navigation. This project will fund navigation services for approximately 45 Health First Colorado members for the grant year and is expected to reduce ED visits for this population.
Project Overview: Dental Aid’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults by providing compassionate, accessible, affordable, high-quality dental care and education. The overall goal of this project is to increase the number of Health First Colorado members receiving comprehensive oral health care from Dental Aid. This project will fund full-time employees that will assist with outreach and education goals that are directly aligned with Dental Aid’s current efforts.
Project Overview: Envida's mission is to support access and promote independent living with dignity, though transportation and in-home care services. The project will fund a mobility on demand transportation program in El Paso, Park and Teller counties. The project will include: a transit team, operations to integrate and train partners on the new technology, travel and meeting expenses, a vehicle, vehicle operations for rides in the three counties, equipment (including an additional license and/or iPads for partner organizations to use software), and marketing/outreach.
Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO)
Project Overview: EChO’s mission is to assist people in our community with their basic and urgent needs and to help them realize their potential on a path of self-sufficiency. This project will fund multiple activities such as dental expenses not covered by Health First Colorado, a transportation program, food pantry, and medical expense assistance amongst others listed.
Jefferson Center for Mental Health (JCMH)
Project Overview: JCMH’s mission is to provide community-based mental health care and substance use services for Jefferson, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties. The Project will specifically fund dental procedures not covered by Health First Colorado benefits. The majority of the funding will cover services provided by No Smile Left Behind.
Rocky Mountain Rural Health (RMRH)
Project Overview: RMRH’s mission is to improve the physical and mental health of Park County residents. The project will fund tuition and travel costs for staff to be certified in Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). It will also cover six free MHFA trainings in Park county, expanded access to mental health services with strategic partners, a social media campaign, and the development of a suicide prevention program for Park County RE-2 school district.
Seniors Alliance of Platte Canyon
Project Overview: The Seniors Alliance of Platte Canyon's mission is to connect seniors through advocacy, education, socialization and local resources. The project will fund social events for local seniors, production and distribution of a local senior resource, collaboration with local health resources to provide programming that supports senior behavioral and physical health, and a "nurse lending closet" to provide seniors with immediate local equipment.
Springs Rescue Mission (SRM)
Project Overview: SRM’s mission is to mobilize the community to provide relief, rehabilitation and empowerment services. The project will fund salary and benefits support for three and a half full time client coordinators (case managers working in the shelter. It will also fund utility costs in the resource center where the majority of behavioral health, addiction care, and medical health services are provided.
Ute Pass Regional Health Service District
Project Overview: Ute Pass Regional Health Service District is the sole 911-ambulance provider for more than 500 square miles of mountainous area that includes parts of Teller, Park, Douglas and El Paso counties. The project will fund embedding licensed counselors (stand-by and call-in pay) with the Mental Health Assessment Program (MAP) teams, administrative costs, salary for 0.25 full time billing specialist providing approximately 520 hours of work and salary for the Teller County Mental Health Alliance administrator (consultant).