For Families

Why COACT? – COACT offers something different that has been proven to help families. Through COACT Colorado, your family gains access to the resources you need to build a brighter future for yourself and your children. COACT Colorado can help your family restore hope and rediscover its strengths.

COACT Colorado is a system of care that helps YOU identify your family’s strengths and use your strengths and the family’s culture to help address your needs. This approach is referred to as high-fidelity wraparound. With COACT Colorado, your family will work with a case manager, called a wraparound facilitator or care coordinator. Your facilitator works with you through a four phase process including:

Engagement

Your coordinator gets to know your family and your hopes, concerns, needs, and strengths. You work together to identify people already in your family’s life who have been helpful and who could be part your wraparound team.

Initial Plan Development

Based on your family’s input, your coordinator assembles a team of people who are providing services to your family, as well as friends, relatives, or others who can provide your family with support. The facilitator helps you to come up with a vision statement and discuss your family’s strengths, culture, and needs. Then the team finds ways to meet those needs and develops a plan to help your family reach your family vision.

Plan Implementation

With your plan in place, your family and all team members commit to action steps. The team continues to meet regularly to review accomplishments, assess how the plan is working, and make changes as needed in order to reach the family vision.

Transition

The goal is to get your family to reach the family vision. At the point where the wraparound team no longer needs to meet regularly to do this, a final team meeting is held to celebrate everything that’s been accomplished. The team will make a plan for moving forward, which includes selecting people who can help if other challenges are encountered in the future.

 Why Choose High-Fidelity Wraparound?

Getting the right help can be difficult for parents who are concerned about a child’s emotional or behavioral health, or for families who are involved in multiple systems. High-fidelity wraparound may be the right choice for families already receiving services, and those who may not know where to start looking to find help. High-fidelity wraparound is a unique and successful tool because:

  • It offers a safe environment for listening and non-judgmental help.
  • It removes pressure from you and allows high-fidelity wraparound to bring support to you and “wrap” your family with a support system of care.
  • It understands cultural differences and will respect your family’s values and beliefs.
  • It allows your family to pick the services and resources that are right for you.
  • It starts by giving you the chance to develop a care plan with people you trust. Each plan is unique and specifically developed for each family.
  • It offers a team that works with your family to focus on its current strengths and identify what is needed to develop new skills. The team also ensures that everyone is working toward the same goals. 

Testimonials

You can submit your success story by emailing Ashley.brock-baca@state.co.us

10 Principles

There are 10 principles of high-fidelity wraparound that serve as a starting point and guide for understanding the process.

1. Family Voice and Choice

No one knows your family better than you do. That’s why family and youth perspectives and opinions are given priority during all phases of the process. Plans are built on a family’s perspective, and reflect family values.

2. Team-based

The wraparound team consists of individuals providing services to your family as well as your family’s natural supports that already exist in your lives.

3. Natural supports

You and your family have people in your lives that can help. They could be friends, neighbors, teachers or relatives and they are your natural supports. These individuals are encouraged to participate in the process and be part of your team.

4. Collaboration

Team members work together and share responsibility. Your plan will be a collaboration of all team members’ ideas, opinions and resources and each team member will have assignments to work toward meeting the team’s goals.

5. Community-based

Your team implements a plan that offers services and supports in your own community. 

6. Culturally competent

The process respects and builds on the values, preferences, beliefs, culture, and identity of your family, your child and your community.

7. Individualized

The team develops and follows through on a customized set of strategies, supports, and services to achieve goals.

8. Strengths-based

Your child and family members all have strengths. Your plan focuses on using these strengths, and those of your other team members.

9. Persistence

Challenges can and will come up throughout this process. However, your team will work through them. All team members work together toward the goals laid out in your plan until the team reaches an agreement that the goals have been met and the formal process is no longer needed.

10. Outcome-based

Your team’s goals will be measurable. This will let all members know when a goal has been reached, is close to being reached, or when it might be time to discuss a new strategy to achieve that goal.

Breakdown of Roles in High-Fidelity Wraparound

When you enter high-fidelity wraparound, your family will get to know a coordinator or facilitator, and a family advocate. These two roles serve different purposes but have one main thing in common – working toward a stronger future for you and your family.

Wraparound Facilitator

This is a person who is trained to coordinate the high-fidelity wraparound process for your family. This person could also be called a Care Coordinator, or have a similar title. This person sets up meetings, oversees your plan, and makes sure all team members are participating in achieving your goals.

Family Advocate

This is a person who will provide peer support to parents and caregivers of children receiving services. Family Advocates may also be called Parent Partners, Family Partners, or Family Navigators. Family advocates draw on personal experience, having raised their own children with similar challenges. They can relate to what you’re going through and will walk alongside you as you move through the process.

The current Communities of Excellence are shown in green. Two out of three children in Colorado live in these counties. Please click on your county for more information.

COACT Service map

Montrose County

Michelle Gottlieb
Montrose County Hilltop Community Resources
michelleg@htop.org
970 252 7445

Garfield County

Andie Scott
Garfield County CMP
ascott@youthzone.com

970 456 1188

Eagle County

Sarah Luben
Eagle County Health and Human Services
sarah.luben@eaglecounty.us
970 328 8835

Lake County

Gloria Perez
Lake County Department of Human Services
gloria.perez@state.co.us
719 293 5272

Montezuma County

Michael Barnes
The Pinon Project
mbarnes@pinonproject.org
970 564 1195 x125

Dolores County 

Kelli Unrein
The Pinon Project, CMP Coordinator
kunrein@pinonproject.org
970 564 1195 x125

Rio Grande County

Clarissa Woodworth
San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group 
clarissa@slvbhg.org 
719 587 6967

Gunnison County

Meghan Dougherty
Gunnison County Collaborative Management Program
mdougherty@gunnisoncounty.org
970 641 7665

Hinsdale County

Meghan Dougherty
Gunnison/Hinsdale County CMP 
mdougherty@gunnisoncounty.org
970 641 7665

Alamosa County

Clarissa Woodworth
San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group 
clarissa@slvbhg.org 
719 587 6967

Pueblo County

Maureen White
Health Solutions
info@health.solutions
719 423 1255

El Paso County

Terri Anderson
Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families
terri@jointinitiatives.org
719 635 7814

Douglas County

Chris Meyer
Douglas County Youth Initiative
cmeyer@admhn.org
720 951 0217

Boulder County

Susan Caskey
Boulder Count IMPACT
scaskey@bouldercounty.org
303 441 1151

Jefferson County

Amy Terry
Jefferson County Department of Human Services
aterry@jeffco.us
720 497 7898

Weld County

Kelly Schramm
Youth and Family Connections
kschramm@youthandfamilyconnections.org
970 351 5475

City and County of Denver

Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez
Denver Collaborative Partnership
sgonzales.gutierrez@saviogroup.org

720 913 4280


Mesa County

Sarah Heffner
Mesa County Hilltop Community Resources
sarahh@htop.org
970 244 0602

Teller County

Maren Fuller
Teller County Collaborative Management Program
maren.fuller@state.co.us
719 650 2457

Huerfano County

Terri Patrick
Huerfano Family Resource Center
terrimpatrick1961@gmail.com
719-738-2378

Directory of Providers in Communities of Excellence

Boulder County
Susan Caskey
Boulder County IMPACT
scaskey@bouldercounty.org
303 441 1151

City and County of Denver
Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez
Denver Collaborative Partnership
sgonzales-gutierrez@saviogroup.org
720 913 4280

Douglas County
Katy O'Connor Smith
Douglas County Youth Initiative
kosmith@douglas.co.us
720 814 5340

El Paso County

Terri Anderson
Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families
terri@jointinitiatives.org
719 635 7814

Garfield County
Andie Scott
Garfield County Youthzone
ascott@youthzone.com
970 456 1188

Gunnison County
Meghan Dougherty
Gunnison County Collaborative Management Program (CMP)
mdougherty@
gunnisoncounty.org

970 641 7665

Huerfano County
Nichole Dickinson
Huerfano Family Resource Center
huerfanocoact@gmail.com
719 738 2378

Lake County
Gloria Perez
Lake County Department of Human Services
gloria.perez@state.co.us
719 293 5272

Mesa County
Sarah Heffner
Mesa County Hilltop Community Center
sarahh@htop.org
970 244 0602

Montezuma/Dolores Counties
Michael Barnes
The Pinon Project
mbarnes@pinonproject.org
970 564 1195

Montrose County
Michelle Gottlieb
Montrose County Hilltop Community Resources
michelleg@htop.org
970 252 7445

Pueblo County
Lindsay Reeves
Health Solutions
lindsayr@health.solutions
719 251 6819

San Luis Valley
Clarissa Woodworth
San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group
clarissa@slvbhg.org
719 587 6967

Teller County
Maren Fuller
Teller County Collaborative Management Program (CMP)
maren.fuller@state.co.us
719-650-2457

Weld County
Kelly Schramm
Youth and Family Connections
kschramm@
youthandfamilyconnections.org

970 351 5475

Downloads and Links

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System of Care

Child Mental Health Treatment Act
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Family Guide to System of Care
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Family Roles in System of Care
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Grandparent and Relative Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities
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Guide for Father Involvement in Systems of Care
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Youth Bill of Rights
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Culture

CLAS Standards
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Losing Ground E-Book
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Raising LGBTQ Youth

Families Supporting an LGBTQ Child
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Foster Parents Caring for LGBTQ Youth
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Out Safe and Respected
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Resources for LGBTQ Youth
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Colorado Alliance For Health Equity Programs (CAHEP)
303-954-0058
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Sisters of Color United for Education
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Translation Services, Interpretation Services

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Interpreters Network of Colorado
303-831-4151 or 888-499-7996
Medical, Mental Health, Social Sciences, Legal, Education. Certified Interpreters; Legal Communication Skills for Advocacy as well.

September 8-12, 2014- Registration Deadline August 8th, 2014
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Medical Translation for Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Burmese,/ Karen, Chinese (Cantonese), Cambodian, Lao, Khmer, Portugese, Somali, Spanish, Urdu, Tigrigna, Korean, etc.

Metro State University
Department of Modern Languages
303-455-4588
Certified / Licensed Interpreters and Translators Training Medical, Social Sciences, Legal, Education

University of Denver
Translation Studies Certificate
303-871-2291
Spanish to English- English to Spanish

Other Specialized Concentrations
Classes start September 8th, 2014

Children’s Hospital Colorado
Anschutz Campus
720-777-1234
Interpreter services provided for all patients

Blue Phone Interpretation Instrument:
Equipped in each patient’s room and Information Desk

Translation Services for children and families

Aurora, Littleton, Broomfield, Centennial, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Denver, Parker, Wheat Ridge

University of Colorado -
Colorado Springs (UCCS)
719-255-3498
Spanish/ English Medical Interpreter Training Program
Classes from 11/13/14-12/13/14

University of Northern Colorado
1-866-885-6087
Extended Studies
Interpreter Training Center

Educational Interpreter Professional Development Series
Sponsored in partnership by Colorado Dept of Education
Part of National Consortium of Interpreters
Online Training UNC, Greeley
ASL American Sign Language

Colorado State University Global
B.S. in Communication
Spanish Interpreter Certification

Colorado Mountain College
719-486-4292
Partners : Lake County Build A Generation and Live Well Colorado

Interpreters and translations training
English-Spanish/Spanish–English

Aprendi Translation/ Interpretation Services
800-876-9395

Western Slope
Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction
Verbal Interpretation Written Translation
Medical, Education, Legal, Schools, Govt. FacilitiesAlso ASL Interpretation

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