FEMA funding allows Colorado to establish counseling for flood victims in 9 counties

Colorado is establishing a crisis counseling program for flood victims in nine affected counties.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had awarded almost $792,000 in initial funding for the program. It will work by funding these eight community mental health centers:

-Mental Health Partners – Boulder County

-Community Reach Center – Adams County

-North Range Behavioral Health – Weld County

-Touchstone Health Partners – Larimer County

-Jefferson Center for Mental Health – Jefferson and Clear Creek counties

-AspenPointe Health Services – El Paso County

-Aurora Mental Health Center – Arapahoe County

-Centennial Mental Health Center – Logan County

"These community agencies will use the funds to hire 66 crisis counseling staff members, many of whom live in the affected communities. The agencies will make every effort to purchase supplies locally to boost affected economies," spokeswoman Sarah Werner wrote in an email about the program.

The initial grant will fund the program for 60 days, during which counselors will focus on meeting with affected individuals and groups.

Werner wrote that the program, called Colorado Spirit Flood Recovery, will apply for additional funding with the intention of continuing the work over a nine-month period.

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