Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $550,000)
Program Specific Priority: Solvista Health will promote effective strategies by law enforcement to identify and reduce the risk of harm to individuals with MHDs or co-occurring MHSUDs who encounter law enforcement and improve public safety.
Lead Applicant: Solvista Health
Partner Applicants: Buena Vista Police Department, Canon City Police Department, Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Leadville Police Department
Target Population: 500 individuals across our underserved rural and frontier region.
Jurisdiction Population and Demographics: The jurisdictions and the scope of this project will cover over 3,650 square miles and a total population of 80,644 individuals. These communities are historically underserved and highly isolated from access to metropolitan resources due to our remote geography, which includes dozens of high elevation mountain passes. The region is predominately non-Hispanic White, apart from Lake County, which is nearly 36% Hispanic with 18% of individuals speaking a language other than English - a population that is highly marginalized and faces significant behavioral health disparities.
Description of Solution: Solvista Health is the non-profit community behavioral health center serving Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, and Lake Counties in the high mountain region of Colorado for 60 years. We are seeking critical funding to enhance our current behavioral health/law enforcement co-responder program to better meet the behavioral health needs of individuals in our community and ensure public safety. More specifically, Solvista will research, implement, and utilize a robust, integrated data-sharing platform to facilitate communication between partners, enhance the quality of crisis care provided, reduce the time law enforcement spends on behavioral health calls, and provide rich information to help Solvista and our partners tell the story of how our efforts are providing a robust benefit to the residents of our communities.
Solvista Health is not a previous recipient of Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Response grant funds.
No subcontractors will be used for this proposal’s activities.