Colorado Daylight Partnership

Colorado Daylight Partnership

Advancing access to behavioral healthcare services for deaf and hard of hearing Coloradans.

Led by the Mental Health Center of Denver and the Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Daylight Partnership assists local community health centers throughout Colorado in enhancing the services they offer to their deaf and hard of hearing clients.

Our Approach

The Colorado Daylight Partnership has successfully employed a strategic systems approach to create statewide accessible behavioral healthcare to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. We promote best practices by taking a multi-level systems approach to:

Accessible Services

Provide accessible and appropriate services to deaf and hard of hearing consumers.

Telebehavioral Health

Partner through telebehavioral health to create a shared services model with other providers statewide.

Service Delivery

Develop service delivery strategies that minimize cost while improving outcomes.

Hearing Assistive Technology

Use technology for communication access.

Focus on Consumer Choice

We promote consumer choice around communication preferences, which include:

  • Direct services in person or using telebehavioral health with ASL proficient provider
  • Seeing a non-signing provider using a qualified sign language interpreter
  • And/or providing hearing assistive technology. We have distributed hearing assistive equipment and ADA kits to Learning Collaborative agencies

Partnering Across Colorado

Last year the Colorado Daylight Partnership provided training and technical assistance to eight behavioral health organizations throughout the state.

Partnered with Behavioral Health Organizations Across Colorado

Standards of Care

The Colorado Daylight Partnership Standards of Care are intended to guide the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals.  Below you will find three documents which address a wide range of issues, including administrative procedures, record keeping, communication access, and clinical practices. 

Telebehavioral Health Protocols

The Telebehavioral Health Protocols were developed to support the Daylight Partnership's telebehavioral health network of providers. The protocols were carefully researched to ensure alignment with best practices nationally.