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  • Colorado Public Radio Interview on Racial Bias

    Colorado Public Radio Interview on Racial Bias

    Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder created a video game to determine how race figures into police shootings. The results of the study found a "hierarchy of bias," in which blacks were targeted by police the most, then Latinos, and then whites. The study also found a positive bias toward Asians, Joshua Correll, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder CU psychology professor and OMNI Institute board member, co-wrote the study and speaks with Ryan Warner in a Colorado Public Radio interview.

    Section: OMNI in the Community

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  • 7th Annual Circles of Change Event

    7th Annual Circles of Change Event

    Oct. 26th, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
    Building Bridge's Circles of Change Awards Breakfast "honors individuals who inspire peace, hope and positive change." This year, OMNI sponsored a Community Partners Table and a number of staff attended the event. To learn more about the Building Bridges Program, link to http://www.s-c-g.org/Seeking_Common_Ground/Home_Page.html.

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  • The 26th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA)

    OMNI Presents at the 26th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA)

    Minneapolis, MN, October 24-27, 2012
    OMNI staff members: April Hendrickson, MA, Emily Love, PhD, Madeline Frost, Ellie Smith (2011 Colorado College Public Interest Fellow), and Chandra Winder, MPA, had papers accepted for presentation at this year's American Evaluation Assocation (AEA) conference in Minneapolis, MN.

    Hendrickson, A. & Trani, B. (2012, October). Shifting from Individual Prevention to Environmental Strategies to Reduce Statewide Binge Drinking.

    Love, E., Frost, M., & Smith, E. (2012, October). One step forward, one step back: A qualitative exploration of attitudes toward the addition of sexual orientation items to a YRBS survey in a local control state.

    Love, E., Winder, C., & Smith, E. (2012, October). Unique contexts, disparate consequences: Assessing the impact of social, economic, and political factors on Latino youth alcohol use.

    For more information about AEA and to register for this conference, visit http://www.eval.org.

    Section: Evaluation Research, OMNI in the Community

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  • Peer Assistance Services' Commemoration of Five Years of SBIRT in Colorado

    Peer Assistance Services' Commemoration of Five Years of SBIRT in Colorado

    Denver Art Museum, August 8, 2012
    OMNI joined Peer Assistance Services, Inc., the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health, the Governor's Office of Policy and Research, Colorado U.S. legislative representative, and the University of Chicago's Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Criminal Justice Studies program at the National Opinion Research Center in sharing lessons learned and future directions for SBIRT Colorado (Colorado's Screening, Brief, Intervention and Referral to Treatment initiative in primary care settings). We offer congratulations to three SBIRT sites recognized at the event for their efforts to advance SBIRT as a standard of care in Colorado.

    Denver Health and Hospital Authority

    Vail Valley Medical Center

    Colorado State Employee Assistance Program

    For more information about SBIRT Colorado, including the SBIRT Lessons Learned in Colorado presentation delivered by OMNI's Melissa Richmond, PhD, at the event, please visit http://www.improvinghealthcolorado.org/.

    Section: Evaluation Research, OMNI in the Community, Resources

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  • State Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council

    State Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council

    OMNI Institute's president Jim Adams-Berger, PhD, was elected co-chair of the Behavioral Health Planning and Advisory Council. The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) requires states to establish these Councils to advise the State Single Authority (Colorado Office of Behavioral Health) on the development and implementation of the combined mental health and substance abuse block grant. He co-chairs the Council with Lacey Berumen, former Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado.

    Section: OMNI in the Community

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  • OMNI Presents at Colorado Substance Abuse Symposium

    OMNI Presents at Colorado Substance Aubse Symposium

    May 3rd 2012, 8-3:30, Fort Collins & May 10th 2012, 8-3:30, Pueblo
    OMNI Institute will present on Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) data trends during the opening session of the regional Substance Abuse Symposia, a partnership of the Division of Behavioral Health, Department of Human Services, School Safety Resource Center and Colorado Department of Education. OMNI will contribute to symposium discussions on: mental health issues and trauma; school based prevention and intervention; community-based prevention and engagement; and effective treatment and recovery support. OMNI presenters: Katie Page, MPHand Andrea Sherman, MPA.

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  • OMNI selected to attend 2012 Policy Academy

    OMNI selected to attend 2012 Policy Academy

    Washington D.C., April 25-27
    Jen Hooks, MA, from OMNI Insititute was selected by the State Division of Behavioral Health, along with eleven additional substance use and/or mental health stakeholders, to attend the Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale policy academy and assist in the planning process and ongoing implementation of recovery-oriented systems across our State. This academy aims to assist States, Territories, and Tribes in the development of plans to promote implementation of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems. Colorado was one of eight States selected through a competitive award process to attend. This year the academy will be hosted by Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS), a consortium funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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  • OMNI presents at American Educational Research Assocation (AERA)

    OMNI presents at American Educational Research Assocation (AERA)

    Vancouver, British Columbia, April 2012
    OMNI's Emily Wexler Love, PhD, presented her new manuscript, La Misma Muerte: The Impact of Family Separation on Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth, at the annual AERA meeting this year. Her work focuses on the experiences of unaccompanied, immigrant youth who have left their families in El Salvador and Mexico and migrated to the United States. Through digital stories, focus groups, and interviews, immigrant students, ages 14-18, enrolled in a newcomer program shared how family separation impacted their lives. The unaccompanied youth in this study were late-arrival immigrants, meaning that the majority would not be eligible for benefits under the proposed DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors).

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  • Mental Health First Aid Training

    Mental Health First Aid Training

    15 OMNI staff members completed Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training in Janurary and February. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. One in four Americans lives with a mental health problem each year. Yet, far too many - up to two-thirds - go without treatment. For more information on MHFA Training, visit http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/ or https://protect.omni.org/sites/rpsco/Pages/MHFA.aspx. To schedule a MHFA training onsite or register for a class, contact, Mandy McCullen, an OMNI Training Consultant Manager.

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