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Program Information
Program Name: BrainStorm Career Services
Agency Name: DBSA Colorado Inc.
Year the Program was Started: 2008
Public Contact Person: Steve Bell
Address: 1352 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Telephone #: (719) 492-9335
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Advocacy, Employment, Peer Support
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: Under $10,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: None
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 3-5
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals:

Building and empowering a network of free, confidential peer support groups throughout Colorado.

Providing employment readiness and retention education to persons with psychiatric disabilities.

Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Partcipant evaluation surveys and reports to the Board of Directors.
Program Mission Statement: To improve the lives of people living with a psychiatric disability such as major depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and anxiety disorders. Also, to help people with psychiatric disabilities secure meaningful and sustainable employment.
Additional Information: Currently, we work side by side with leaders of DBSA support groups in six different Colorado cities. Like our state organization, all chapters are independent, autonmous affiliates of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. We offer technical support, encouragement and advocacy training to chapter leaders. Our BrainStorm Career Services program offers employment services via our 'wellness to work' classes to peers in El Paso County...the largest population area in the state. We are also a member of the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA).

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