The Division of Community, Population, and Public Mental Health is the newest division within the Department of Psychiatry. The largest group of direct care providers practice on the Auraria, CDOC, Ft Logan, and Pueblo campuses and move our mission and vision forward in the community. Here on AMC, our faculty, staff, and research professionals drive our mission forward through work with provider and community health advocate education and trainings. We are also engaged in telepsych through our UPL grant as well as other projects such in the innovative spaces of app development and VR. The CPP division is rapidly growing through expansions in the forensic space, community engagement, and collaboration with our partners at the State level to create a Learning Management System for healthcare across the state of Colorado.
In addition to the division's Mission and Vision Statements, we are guided by our CPP values found below:
Partnership: We believe that collaboration with federal, state, and local organizations is key to providing comprehensive, high quality, evidenced based mental and substance abuse health services.
Innovation: We are committed to building and utilizing the evidence base as science makes services better, from prevention and early intervention to treatment and recovery.
Advocacy: We advocate for exemplary public mental health policy to support individuals struggling with mental illnesses and substance use disorders, their families, and the providers that serve them.
Humility: We strive to learn from the community members, providers, program leaders, and policymakers we are privileged to work with as well from our successes, and failures.
Social justice: We challenge each other to recognize the richness of diversity, health equity, and inclusive- and culturally-competent practice.
A mental health system that is accessible, equitable, evidence-based, and excellent.
We partner with community-based and public-serving organizations in the provision of evidence-based clinical services, training, program evaluation, and research to improve mental health outcomes for Coloradans and beyond.
About Our Division Chair
Douglas K. Novins, MD is Professor and Director of the Division of Community, Population, and Public Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine. This Division includes a diverse set of programs encompassing community and provider education, college mental health services, forensic mental health, telemedicine, programs with American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and state-operated mental health and correctional facilities. Dr Novins' research focuses on substance-related problems and traumatic experiences among American Indian and Alaska Native people. He holds a secondary academic appointment in the Colorado School of Public Health and serves on the faculty of the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. His research is currently supported by grants and cooperative agreements with the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Administration for Children and Families. Finally, Dr. Novins is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, a prestigious international scientific journal focusing on child and adolescent mental health.
CPP collaborates with GME and DoP's Office of Education to support Forensic Fellows and Social Work Fellows.