South-Central BOCES received the Colorado RISE Grant:

The COVID-19 crisis has had an enormous impact operationally, educationally, and economically on our P-12 school districts and charter schools, as well as students, parents, and families. Over two and a half years into the pandemic, underserved student populations remain the most at risk for falling further behind or dropping out entirely in the absence of targeted support. This grant is designed to support substantive, data-driven changes that will improve student achievement in our schools and districts who need it the most.

In order to meet mental health concerns of students in rural Colorado SC-BOCES will provide a Mental Health professional across our 12 district high schools, offering the implementation of the Take Five Programming once a week to all students who express desire to participate in the program. This most certainly will not be required of all students.

With the professional being on site once a week, individual counseling to students who demonstrate a need for additional therapeutic support and direction will be provided at no cost to the students or districts.

Take Five is a five-week skill-based program for High School students. The program uses poetry and solution focused approaches to generate mental health tools and access to meaningful social and emotional programming. The five-week model is a short-term, goal-focused, evidenced-based approach that incorporates positive psychology principles and practices to help students construct solutions for their daily lives. The program prescribes tools to empower participants with control of their own mental health. Take Five is designed to show participants that they are capable of managing incoming stressors and that they have a strong community support system that will assist them in times of need.

Converge is a nonprofit organization located in Colorado Springs, CO. The mission of Converge is to use art to meet community needs. The organization leverages creative practices (poetry, art, literature, dance, and music) to provide social work and therapeutic interventions to teens in Colorado Springs, CO and rural Colorado.

To learn more visit: www.convergecs.org

Through Converge we have a partnership with Willow Counseling.


Diana Fries - Director of Wellness, Student and Family Support fries-d@sc-boces.org 719-251-0303

November Updates

November Updates

This time of year is really hard for educators - - in fact, it's noted as the hardest time in the school year. Halloween, end of quarter grading, time change, cold weather and it's a loooooooong way until Christmas break. Add on to that world events, personal stressors, and the cough that won't seem to go away, it can feel like everything is out of control. Here are some tips and ideas for managing what you can when things feel out of control.

1. Limit the external noise. Turn off the news, change settings on social media to things you want to see, find quiet time in your day.

2. Plan for the future. Look ahead to times that will be enjoyable or a time to relax.3. Control what you can. Complete some of your work, even if you don't finish it. Make a donation to a program you care about. Do a task in the house that gives you sense of accomplishment.4. Make time for people you care about. Find ways to spend time together that don't require a lot of planning, gift giving, or other things that feel like a burden. Rather, an afternoon at a park or ice cream shop may be enough to help you feel connected again.

Check out our Navigating Uncertainty module for more tips, advice, and worksheets.

Navigating Uncertainty Module

Colorado Educator Support - We Can Help!


Colorado Educator Support

CU’s School of Medicine is dedicated to helping Colorado’s educational workforce. They have put together resources to help with  processing last year, plan for next year, and have the support to get through it all.


How do I sign up?

It depends on what service you want. You can navigate our website for access to services. For anything else, you can send an email to contact the Well-Being Support Line at 303-724-2500 and they will help you figure out the right service for you and get you connected.

Contact Us – Colorado Educator Support

Who provides these services?

This program is through the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Department of Psychiatry. The programs are developed and overseen by CU faculty members. The treatment services and Well-Being support services are provided by crisis counselors, all of whom are either licensed clinicians or working on completing their Master's Degree in counseling, social work, or psychology. All services are supervised by a licensed mental health provider.

How much does this cost?

All services are free of charge. There is no cost to you.

I live in rural CO and can't come to campus in Aurora - can I still participate?

Yes! All of our services are provided via Telehealth, so there is no need to be in the metro area.

Who is eligible to receive these services?

There are only two criteria to receive these services: you must be employed in a school system and live in Colorado. You do not have to be a classroom teacher; you may be with the school or childcare system. We work with teachers and support staff, administrative staff, mental health staff, and Early Childhood Educators in public, private, and charter schools across the state.

Are all these services confidential?

Yes, everything is confidential. We will collect information for registration and evaluation purposes, but your information will never be shared. We will provide aggregate information about usage, but no private information will ever be shared.

CPI Training Dates

4/29/24, 12pm-3pm in Pueblo

5/10/24, 9am-12pm in Walsenburg

Safe 2 Tell Colorado

Safe2Tell Colorado wants every student to know that telling isn't "tatteling/snitching.” Telling is when you need to keep yourself or someone you know safe from threats, harmful behaviors or dangerous situations.


We need your help to improve your school and community. By calling, you can help stop a friend from committing suicide, get another student off drugs, or stop a bully from making other people miserable. If you have information about the following topics, please call.


To make a report, call 1-877-542-7233 from anywhere, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The call is free. You also may make a web-tip or download the Safe2Tell mobile app on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Remember, your identity is safe. No one will ask for your name or number. There is no caller ID, no call tracing, no call recording and no call forwarding. We only want to hear your concern and try to help.

The anonymity of all Safe2Tell Colorado reports is protected by C.R.S. 07-197. This means the reporting party remains UNKNOWN by Colorado State Law.

Suicide Prevention and Reporting


Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents between 12 and 19 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Parents, teachers, and friends are in a key position to pick up on these signs and provide help.

  • If you suspect that a friend or loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts, the Suicide&Crisis Lifeline is available all day, every day. Call 988 or use the hyperlink.

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.


No matter what you’re going through, you don’t have to go through it alone. If you or someone you know wants to talk about any mental health, substance use or emotional concern, Colorado Crisis Services can help, 24/7/365. Just call 844-493-TALK (8255), or text TALK to 38255, and you’ll be connected with a trained professional who will provide free, confidential support, and who can connect you to further resources if needed. No matter your issue or circumstance, this service is for you. For more information, visit ColoradoCrisisServices.org