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Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Starts Nov. 1 (2017)

With the headlines out of Washington, you might have questions about what the latest developments mean for you and your health coverage. Call us, and we can help.

Larimer Health Connect is a free service that helps people find the best options for health insurance to meet their family's health needs and budget. Our trained staff provides free, impartial, in-person assistance finding health insurance, including plans from the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace. We can also determine your eligibility for Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) and CHP+.

We can help you shop for coverage and complete the application process for health insurance offered through the Marketplace, as well as go over the financial assistance options that are available only through Connect for Health Colorado. We cannot offer advice on what plan to choose, but we can answer your questions about your options. To make an appointment, call 970-472-0444. Open enrollment for 2018 health insurance coverage is Nov. 1, 2017-Jan. 12, 2018. But for your coverage to start on Jan. 1, 2018, you must sign up by Dec. 15.

Larimer Health Connect is a project of the Health District of Northern Larimer County, a public special district dedicated to improving the health of our community. For information, visit the Larimer Health Connect website.
 
Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Is Oct. 28 (2017)

On Sat., Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide an opportunity to properly dispose of unneeded and/or expired prescription medications.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

As of early Oct., drop-off sites have been confirmed at the following locations:
  • Fort Collins: Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, north parking lot
  • Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
  • Windsor: Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St.
  • Wellington: Family Dollar Parking Lot (Larimer County Sheriff's Office staff), 8099 6th St.

  • The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal boxes at all times. At the conclusion of the event, the boxes will be sealed and turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.

    Many kinds of prescription and over-the-counter medications may be brought to this event for disposal, including medications for your pets. However the following items will NOT be accepted: liquids, intravenous solutions, injectables/needles, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.

    Check the DEA website for additional information and other local drop-off sites.

    Information on environmentally sound disposal methods that minimize opportunities for misuse and protect the environment will be available at the Fort Collins collection site. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash could cause pollution of lakes, streams, and water supplies and pose potential safety and health hazards.

    Fort Collins Police Services also has a year-round drug take-back program with a secure bin for the collection of prescription/over-the-counter drugs. Residents may drop off unneeded or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications in the Fort Collins Police Services lobby, 2221 S. Timberline Road, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The same restrictions on eligible/ineligible items apply (see above). For additional information contact Fort Collins Police Services at 970-221-6540.
     
    Parent Education Speaker Series, Oct. - Dec. (2017)

    The CAYAC (Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections) Team is hosting a free, 8-week, drop-in parent education speaker series on mental health and substance use. The series runs Wednesdays, Oct. 18 through Dec. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Health District, 120 Bristlecone Dr., in north Fort Collins.

    Topics include:
  • Oct. 18 -- Bullying: How to identify bullying behavior on social media and at school, and how parents can help children handle situations and counter the effects of bullying.
  • Oct. 25 -- Anxiety: Signs and symptoms of anxiety and how to help children and adolescents cope.
  • Nov. 1 -- Teen Sexuality: An overview of "normal" teen sexuality and the stages of development. Topics include sexual identity, sexting, pornography, and more.
  • Nov. 8 -- Adolescent Substance Use: Common substances teens are using and appropriate interventions.
  • Nov. 15 -- Trauma: The impact of trauma on brain development in children and teens, and how to assist those who have experienced trauma.
  • Nov. 29 -- Autism: What a diagnosis of autism means and treatment options.
  • Dec. 6 -- ADHD: Signs of ADHD and tools to help children and adolescents manage symptoms.
  • Dec. 13 -- Surviving the Holidays: Stress management tips for families.

  • Participants are welcome to attend a single session or the whole series. There is no charge, but reservations are required. Dinner is provided. For more information or to reserve a space, email Brian, blothrop@healthdistrict.org.

    CAYAC is a service of Connections, a partnership of the Health District of Northern Larimer County and SummitStone Health Partners. Connections provides answers, options, and support for mental health and substance use challenges. The CAYAC Team includes staff from the Health District, SummitStone Health Partners, and Poudre School District.
     
    Family Safety & Emergency Preparedness Expo on Oct. 7 (2017)

    Learn how to prepare yourself and your family for emergencies, and join us in reflecting on and commemorating 40+ years of disaster events in Larimer County, by attending the annual Family Safety and Emergency Preparedness Expo.

    The event starts at 10 a.m. on Oct. 7 at the Thomas McKee 4-H Building at The Ranch in Loveland. This event is free and open to the public. Families can attend educational classes, stock up on preparedness supplies, learn lifesaving skills, win prizes, tour emergency vehicles, enjoy activities with your kids, and much more. The Expo also presents an opportunity for attendees to meet local emergency services workers.

    We hope that this event will inspire county residents to be more prepared, have access to resources, and continue looking to build a brighter future for all. The Expo is presented by Larimer County, Weld County, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, Loveland Office of Emergency Management, Poudre Fire Authority, Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management, Larimer County Sheriff's Office, and the American Red Cross. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Visit the Expo Facebook page for more information.
     
    Community Behavioral Health Forum on Sept. 18 (2017)

    The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health is hosting this forum, one of many around the state, to hear from community members about behavioral health needs.

    The goals of each forum include: 1) hear from clients and their families and from the staff of facilities and service providers about needs, successes, and opportunities; 2) hold a dialogue with community members to get ideas for next steps, potential legislation, and creative solutions; 3) update participants about what services are available in the community and how to access services; and 4) increase efforts to reduce stigma about what mental illness, substance dependency, and other behavioral health issues look like and who is affected.

    Who should attend: Individuals and professionals with an interest in regional substance use and mental health systems including providers, administrators, people with lived experience, policymakers, and advocates.

    The forum meets Monday, Sept. 18, 1:00-2:30pm, Room 308-310 at the Lory Student Center on the CSU campus, Fort Collins. Please plan to attend. We welcome your input. For more info, please go to the Office of Behavioral Health webpage.
     

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