Who are the children you serve?
Most of the children in treatment here have experienced the trauma of long-term physical abuse, sexual abuse, chronic neglect, or mental illness.
How are children referred to Mount Saint Vincent?
Most of the children in our residential cottages were referred from one of the 64 Colorado counties. The children in our school classrooms come from local school districts or behavioral health organizations (BHOs). Some parents apply on behalf of their children. The children in our early learning center are typically from families who live or work in the area.
How long has Mount Saint Vincent provided care for children?
The agency was founded in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas. Originally it was an orphanage; we began offering residential treatment in 1969.
Who pays for the children’s treatment?
Financial support comes from the 64 Colorado counties, school districts, behavioral health organizations, Medicaid, and insurance companies. Organizations and individual donors also provide support. The agencies also relies on grant funding.
What is the average length of stay?
In our residential program, it can vary from a few months to more than a year.
Besides academics, what is taught in the school?
The most important concepts we teach are how to regulate one’s own behavior and how to learn. Once students obtain those two skills, they can continue their successes in public schools. Our school is accredited by North Central Accreditation, meeting the requirements set by the Colorado Department of Education.
What are the living arrangements like?
We have three cottages that can house up to 12 children each: two cottages for boys and one for girls. Each child has his or her own room. There is a common space for meals, group meetings, and play. Included on our beautiful 16-acre campus are an athletic field, two playgrounds, a bicycle track, a vegetable garden and an in-ground pool. Indoor amenities include a library, dining room, and a chapel.
What is the CAT team?
CAT stands for Creative Arts Therapies, which provide a wide range of therapeutic interactions with the children such as art, music, and dance/movement. These interventions help a child appropriately access and express what they are feeling. For those who want a handbook of more than 140 easy-to-implement somatosensory interventions suitable for children, Mount Saint Vincent’s CAT team created “Doodles, Dances & Ditties: A Trauma-Informed Somatosensory Handbook.” The book is available for purchase at Amazon.com.
What is your philosophy in helping the children?
We employ the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, or NMT. In this model, we first assess how early trauma has affected a child’s brain, then engage the child in rhythmic, repetitive, rewarding, respectful and relational interactions that positively recreate connections in the brain that will help the child heal and learn.
What is your budget?
Our annual budget is approximately $7 million dollars. It provides clinical treatment for each child, in addition to the costs to feed, house, clothe, teach and care for approximately 100 children a day on campus. The budget includes the cost to employ 120 full and part-time staff to care for the children 24 hours a day for 365 days of the year.
How could someone like me help?
Volunteer, donate in-kind items, or donate funds to help provide clinical treatment and teach the children. Put on your own fundraising event for us, or attend one of ours.
Can I come for a tour?
Yes! We’d love to have you visit. Call 303-458-7220 and ask for Kay Kelleher Mcdowell. Thank you for your interest in Mount Saint Vincent!