North Range Behavioral Health Hope Notes: July 2020

North Range Behavioral Health’s Family Connects HIPPY program receives national recognition.

In late spring, HIPPY USA recognized North Range Behavioral Health’s HIPPY program as “Program of the Year.” The award is given biannually at the national conference and this year it was a tie between the North Range Behavioral Health program and a program in Florida.

In This Issue:

“The diversity of services spoke volumes.” 
Shanta Nunn-Baro, Development and Outreach Director - HIPPY USA

The United States has 120 HIPPY programs in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Colorado has 17, including the one at North Range though our Family Connects program.

North Range Behavioral Health’s HIPPY program is committed to inclusivity and parent partnerships. The HIPPY team meets refugee and immigrant families where they are; engaging with parents as partners in their child’s early education.

Multi-lingual team members are known as HIPPY Corps or home visitors who serve for one to four years and spend an hour a week (over 30 weeks) in families’ homes. Home visitors model activities and interactions that parents later teach to their children for 20 minutes a day.
"I have been visiting a family for two years,” HIPPYCorp volunteer, Immaculee Katumbi says. “Last year, the child did not want to do any of the activities, and the parent and I were a little frustrated. But this year has been different. The child gets so excited to learn. The parent is feeling very good about her skills in how to teach him. The child also understands English better now because of the books and HIPPY activities – his native language is Swahili."

Corps members benefit, too.

HIPPYCorp volunteers develop professional skills as home visitors. This experience helps them enter the workforce with professional skills. When they leave, doors are open for them to move forward professionally. HIPPYCorp volunteers also actively assist in recruiting their successors.

The HIPPY team is not resting on their accomplishments. A program designed specifically for two-year-olds is in the works, as well as a pilot for a HIPPY caregiver curriculum for friends, families, and neighbors.

HIPPY is just one of the early childhood services available through our Family Connects Program.

Family Connects supports children age 0-6 and families through two-generation, multi-lingual, individualized, and evidence-based programs.

We can help:
  • Strengthen relationships between adult caregivers and children.
  • Promote social, emotional, and overall development and health for young children.
  • Have bilingual capacity.
  • Provide a continuum of care for families in recovery from substance use disorder or trauma.

Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Consultation

Supporting young children from infancy to 6 years in childcare and preschool settings – homes and centers. 
  • Children develop strong social and emotional skills and reduce challenging behaviors.
  • Parents, caregivers, and childcare providers receive community-based consultation, training, and support.

Outpatient Therapy

Multi-generational approaches to traditional mental health therapy are integrated with screening, assessment, consultation, trauma intervention, and psychoeducation.
  • Available to families with children up to age 7.
  • Peri-natal/post-partum maternal mental health support.
  • Services include family-based sessions as well as a variety of groups.

Parents as Teachers (PAT)

This home-visiting program focuses on developing healthy and responsive relationships.
  • Available prenatally and to families with children up to age 3. 
  • Educators provide screenings and assessments to monitor children’s vision, hearing, health, and general development.

SafeCare® Colorado

This home-visiting program focuses on home safety, developing positive behaviors, and addressing challenging ones.

  • Available to families with children up to age 5.

Incredible Years

Fun and supportive groups that help adult caregivers learn strategies and skills for raising children. 
  • Incredible Babies:
    For pregnant mothers
    For infants 0-9 months (and the adults who love them)
  • Incredible Years Preschool:
    For children 3-8 years (and the adults who love them)
  • Dina School:
    For children up to age 7 (and the adults who love them)

You can do this, we’re here to help. For more information on early childhood mental health services, call North Range Behavioral Health’s Family Connects at 970.347.1306.

Coffee with a Counselor: Little People, Big Emotions

Let’s take a dive into the emotions of young children (age 0-6). 

This free Facebook Live series features 20-minute sessions, once a week. (Videos are archived, so you can view at any time.)


When: Every Friday in July at 9:30 am
July 10: Summertime Fun
  • Get ideas on how to keep the little ones busy during the summer months.
July 17: Reaching Toward Resilience
  • Teaching your child mental strength can be challenging, but we’re here to help! Learn tips on teaching resilience and learning about the impact on young children from stressful situations.
July 24: The Science Behind Empathy and Emotions
  • “EMPATHY” is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, a major impact on our young children. Let’s learn more on how we can take a step back and coach young children on their emotions.
July 31: Let’s Discuss Diversity!
  • It’s celebration time! Learn strategies for teaching and celebrating race and diversity with young children.

Sit back, relax, and don’t forget your cup of coffee. Watch Little People, Big Emotions live or visit to see all our Coffee with a Counselor videos.

North Range Behavioral Health is here for adults as well:

Crisis Support Services

When an issue becomes a crisis, knowing where to start is the hardest part of getting help. Whenever someone faces a critical situation, crisis counselors provide immediate support and resources. North Range Behavioral Health is a provider of Colorado Crisis Services. Our trained professionals provide free, immediate, and confidential help all day, every day.
  • Call: 844.493.TALK (8255)
  • Text TALK to 38255
  • Walk-in: 928 12th Street in Greeley
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