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Dear Friends & Supporters,

In celebration of National Volunteer Appreciation Month, Community Reach Center staff, board members, elected officials and community leaders gathered  at the Stonebrook Manor in Westminster on April 13th for the annual Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award dinner to honor outstanding volunteers serving Adams County. 
Mary Ciancio believed that all people living with a mental health challenge are entitled to compassionate, quality services. Her fundraising efforts in the Adams County community were instrumental in the establishment of Community Reach Center's first outpatient facility in 1966. When Mary passed in 1979, the Ciancio family and Community Reach Center established the Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award , to recognize exceptional volunteerism of Adams County.
Community Reach is proud to honor the seven nominees for this year's Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award.  Collectively, they donate their time and talents working in food banks and resource centers for low-income families, teaching ESL classes,  coordinating free educational opportunities in their communities, providing medical services to uninsured students and offering comfort to hospitalized patients. Each nominee provides thousands of hours of their time and talents every year. Thousands!  
Congratulations to all who were honored at the 2016 Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Awards Dinner: 
Evelyn Schroth - Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award
Carol Peet, CEO, St. Anthony North Hospital - Marjory Ball Mental Health Advocacy Award
Sharon Maybee, Commerce City Rotary Club - Marjory Ball Mental Health Advocacy Award
Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, Legislator of the Year

To see the list of nominees and read details about each award recipient, visit
Rick Doucet
CEO, Community Reach Center

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Courting Better Mental Health in Adams County
Nearly 20% of Colorado inmates have a serious mental illness. Their average jail stay is 121 days compared to 25 days for inmates with no mental illness. Compound that with their high rate of recidivism, and the cost is more than $34M annually to each county budget.
The need for mental health services spans all ages and circumstances - including thousands of individuals involved in the court system. To address this need, Community Reach Center partners with Adams County to offer jail-based and outpatient programs designed to effectively treat inmates, probationers and parolees with behavioral health challenges. Criminal Justice Services provide individuals with resources necessary to develop stable, productive lifestyles, and break the costly repetitive cycling through the justice system.  Clients can access Criminal Justice Service through a referral by an agent of the justice system or they can outreach on their own behalf.
Kali Cordes, a Community Reach counselor at the Adams County Justice Center since October 2015, says that these services are especially important for people who are dealing with a court case. Cordes works with Adams County's adult specialty courts to conduct mental health evaluations for individuals the court believes may have mental health concerns.  She helps clients complete intake applications to access treatment with Community Reach Center and provides the court with monthly reports on client progress.
Once individuals have completed an evaluation and intake application, Ms. Cordes schedules therapy appointments for them with Community Reach Center's "Justice, Accountability, and Recovery" (JAR) team. The JAR team specializes in working with clients that are involved in the criminal justice system.  Each individual's care is coordinated to provide all necessary treatment and other supportive services -- such as housing assistance, vocational counseling and medical services.
"The best thing about my job is getting to see clients work hard to improve and change their lives," said Cordes.  "I enjoy collaborating with the specialty court teams to provide more holistic care to the clients and learning about the court and criminal justice system so that I can better serve our clients."
For more information regarding Criminal Justice Services, please contact Program Manager, Andrea Turk, at (303) 853-3591or visit

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Mental Health First Aid
Space Still Available in the April 29th Mental Health First Adult Module Class!
Community Reach Center offers MHFA classes monthly - FREE of charge for anyone who lives or works in Adams County. Join the more than 20,000 Coloradoans currently certified in MHFA. 
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is a fast-paced, dynamic class that teaches you to recognize risk factors and warning signs for a range of behavioral health problems - PLUS a five-step Action Plan to provide basic assistance to someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
The MHFA course is designed for the general public. The Adult Module covers depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and substance use disorders.  The Youth Module is for anyone who is involved with adolescents and covers various mental health challenges common among youth 12 to 18 years of age.  All modules teach the evidence-based five-step Action Plan.
9Health Fair
FREE Stress Management Screens provided by Community Reach Center at  9Health Fair
May 7 (SAT)

7am to 12noon

Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center, Thornton



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Community Reach Center provides evidence-based behavioral health services for all ages, at five outpatient offices and in public schools, community colleges, emergency rooms, physician offices and detention centers.  Community Reach Center has worked diligently to preserve and promote a commitment to excellence, professionalism and integrity within our community health care system for nearly 60 years - currently serving more than 13,000 individuals annually throughout the northern Denver metro area.   Community Reach Center is an integral component of the community with an unparalleled team of dedicated professionals committed to providing clients with quality care that will support them in real life.
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