Mental Health Initiative History and Milestones

The  Douglas County Mental Health Initiative (DCMHI) was established after a series of tragic events in and around Douglas County

2015 – 2016
Process mapping with DCMHI partners to assess the county’s mental health system, identify gaps, and develop collaborative solutions.

The Community Response Team (CRT) program launched and began a four-month pilot.  The Board of Douglas County Commissioners approved ongoing general funds to support the CRT program following the pilot.

CRT program is the recipient of a 2018 ICMA Local Government Program Excellence Award in Community Health and Safety

2018 – 2019
Douglas County worked with Health Management Associates (HMA) to design a Blueprint for a community-based mental health delivery system (Blueprint). HMA facilitates surveys, focus groups, key informant interviews, data review and group work to inform the Blueprint. HMA presents the Blueprint to the DCMHI and launched the effort.

Upon review of 2018 data, and following the STEM School shooting, the Douglas County Commissioners appropriate ongoing funding for the creation of a Youth Community Response Team.

DCMHI aligned the governance structure with the Blueprint to support implementation and sustainability. County and partners began facilitation of workgroups to advance strategies identified in the Blueprint.

The Youth CRT team launched and began responding in schools, bringing active CRTs in Douglas County to four.

Douglas County formed The Care Compact leadership team to set parameters for a pilot.

DCMHI relaunched the Let’s Talk Anti-Stigma Campaign and films Let’s Talk PSAs with local leaders and local faces to localize the messages for a Douglas County audience.

The Care Compact pilot launched.

Web-based resource Toolkit pilot launched with youth.