Category Archives: Colorado Resources

Important! We need your input!

Your Voice Counts!
Family Caregivers of Colorado – we need YOU!
Limited time to complete the Colorado Caregiver Survey – survey deadline has been extended and ends Friday, April 20!
Please share this vital survey information with your network.


The Colorado Respite Coalition and Easterseals Colorado are sharing a survey to learn more about the experiences of caregivers who provide primary and frequent support to individuals of any age with special needs.
Findings from the survey will be used to better understand: 
  1. The impact of the respite services on the health and quality of life of caregiver and care recipient
  2. The respite care needs of individuals in Colorado
  3. The availability, accessibility, and quality of respite care providers in Colorado
Survey participants may be caregivers of individuals with ANY special health care needs, including disabilities, chronic conditions, behavioral needs, and needs associated to aging. The survey is being conducted by Health Management Associates and will be open until April 20, 2018.
Ten participants will be randomly selected to win $100 gift certificates.
To learn more about the survey, visit:
Questions? Contact Robyn Odendahl, Health Management Associates at or 720.638.6710.

Family Mental Health

Family Mental Health Begins with Parents
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Many parents experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Likewise, the majority of individuals living with mental illnesses are parents. Families are the focus of mental health promotion, mental illness prevention, treatment & rehabilitation. Learn about different types of interventions for parents with mental illness and their families, the advantages of leveraging access to mainstream resources, and the need to enhance existing practices to make them parent-informed and family-focused. Recognize the importance of parenting and families in promoting community inclusion, and the contribution of community inclusion to rehabilitation and recovery.

Project Independence: A Great Opportunity for Denver Families.

Parents of teens with disabilities tend to be anxious about what will happen once high school ends. Project Independence is the answer.

Project Independence provides free workshops to help Denver parents who have children with disabilities learn about options for their children once they leave high school.  The project also trains youth from ages 14-21 about their options after high school.

A disability should not hamper a person to live their life to the fullest.  We share with participants how to obtainemployment in the community, assist in applying for college and vocational school, as well as support with life skills.  Statistics shows that people with disabilities earn about two-thirds of the median earnings of people without disabilities.  They are less likely to attend higher learning, and more likely to live below the poverty line.  Project Independence wants to change that.

There will be 2 strands of workshops: One for parents and one for youth.  It will be for 5 Tuesdays starting March 20th ending April 17th, and a college tour on Saturday, April 7th. The time of the workshops will be 6:00 – 6:30 for dinner, and 6:30 – 8:30 for training.

Attached is the registration form that you can complete and email back to at or fax back at 303-923-3973.  You can also click this link to register online.


Is there a cost?

No, there are no cost to families.

Do I and my child attend the workshops together?

Yes and No.  You both will come to the same location but after eating dinner, the parents will be in one room for their workshop and the youth will be in another room.

What if I don’t want to bring my child and I just want to come for the information, can I do that?

Yes, but we encourage that you bring your child.   However, we understand that in some circumstances that may not be possible.

Can I drop my child off and not attend the parent session?

No, your attendance is important so you can learn how to support what your child is learning at his/her sessions.

What will my child do at his/her sessions?

It will be interactive. They will not have to sit still and have someone talk at them. There will be activities to keep them engaged such as role play, games, engaging discussions, field trip to college, etc.

What will happen at the parent sessions?

Parents will be introduced to the many options that are available for their transitional youth, and will learn how to access those options.  College, employment, independence is possible.

What if my child is 18 years old or older?

They are welcome to come without their parents but you would have to register your child or your child register on his/her own.  They can call the office if they need assistance.

Do I have to come to all the sessions?

We do expect parents to commit to all the session.  However, we understand that circumstances can happen that you cannot control.  We don’t want you to miss out because you may have to miss one or two sessions. We understand that the timing of the workshop may interfere with spring break.

How do I sign up?

You can register at the THRIVE website at Click the tab Workshops/Events. Stroll down and click on line registration.  You can also call the office to register at 303-632-6840 or contact Katie to email you a registration form.

Please contact THRIVE if you have any questions or concerns at 303-632-6840 or email Katie at