DBSA Colorado Springs

We've Been There. We Can Help

aka Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Colorado Springs   |   Colorado Springs, CO   |  www.DBSAColoradoSprings.org

Mission

DBSA Colorado Springs' mission is "to improve the lives of people living with mood disorders", which we strive to accomplish by providing free self-help support groups and other specialized programs for people with depressive illnesses, by raising awareness in the larger community as to the medical nature of these diseases, and actively working toward eliminating the discrimination and ignorance associated with such disorders.

Ruling year info

1995

President

Lori Salgado PhD

Founder

Karen Fallahi

Main address

PO Box 9518

Colorado Springs, CO 80909-9518 USA

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Formerly known as

Depression and Manic Depression Support Alliance of Colorado Springs

EIN

84-1305365

NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Colorado Springs focuses on providing weekly free and confidential peer-facilitated support group meetings for people who are living with mood disorders, including their families and caregivers. The chapter also offers extensive educational resources to support those seeking to achieve wellness. Since March 2020 with the onset of the pandemic, our support group meetings and social activities moved from in person to virtual.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Support Groups

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Colorado Springs currently offers eleven free weekly self-help support group meetings at three locations where we serve around 100 people each week, totaling over 4,300 attendees in the past year.

Meetings at the DBSA-CS Resource Center include a veterans group, a women's group, a young adults and teens group, two adults groups, and a family and friends group. An additional adults' group and young adults and teens group are held at the St. Francis Medical Center and our Later Life group is held at the Senior Center. In January 2018 a weekly group was launched in Pueblo and its attendance has been growing.

DBSA self-help groups are safe, confidential places where people can come to share personal stories and to learn coping skills from one another, learn about resources in the community and most importantly learn that they are not alone. Our facilitators are peers themselves who have gone through specialized training and are there to keep the group safe, confidential and comfortable so that people can feel free to share from their own experiences.

Studies have shown that along with medication and psychotherapy, self-help groups help people move forward on their road to recovery and achieve wellness. Many attendees later take on volunteer positions within the organization.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with disabilities

DBSA operates a free lending library which is the most comprehensive library on mood disorders and related topics (books, journals, DVDs, etc.) in the area. It is free to anyone in the greater community, including mental health and medical professionals.

A friendly volunteer staff person is on duty at the resource center on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 3:00 to talk, answer questions and help visitors find what they are looking for.

Population(s) Served
Adults

DBSA Colorado Springs works tirelessly to raise awareness in the larger community by helping people understand that recovery is not an option, but a truly achievable goal.

Our chapter participates in approximately 15-20 health and educational fairs annually, which makes it possible for us to reach hundreds of visitors looking for information on mood disorders, support systems and resources in the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The DBSA Colorado Springs Hospital Visitation Program, taken into local psychiatric units each week, is designed to help adult and adolescent patients learn about the benefits of attending a DBSA support group as a first step back on the road to recovery. Every patient receives an individualized folder full of information and resources to help them get started outside of the hospital setting. In addition, bi-monthly visits are made to adult and adolescent outpatients.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Systems of mood disorders often start showing up in adolescents. Offered to local schools, the DBSA Colorado Springs "Teen Depression and Suicide Prevention" is a 45 minute classroom program that gives students and school officials an opportunity to hear our volunteer teens and young adults talk first-hand about their symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder and how early intervention and treatment, along with the understanding of support groups, have made a difference in their lives.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance 2021

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Vision is to Promote & support wellness for people living with mood disorders, through Education, Collaborative Partnerships & Peer-based Programs, with our lead values being Peer Focus, Acceptance, and Free.

Goal 1: Hire an Executive Director (ED), along with sustainable funding for the position, by January 2023.

Goal 2: Increase the number of support groups, to better serve the demographic diversity of the Colorado Springs area, including additional satellite locations and collaborative ventures

Goal 3: Incorporate strategic collaborative partnerships to accomplish specific events/activities that focus on fundraising, development, and/or outreach

The DBSA Colorado Springs chapter has grown over its first 25 years entirely on volunteer efforts. In 2019 the chapter hired its first part time administrative staff person and the Strategic Plan includes hiring an Executive Director by 2023, with a paid part time Marketing Manager added in 2021, in order to perpetuate its outreach and growth.

Twenty-five years ago, the DBSA Colorado Springs chapter started with one semi-monthly support group meeting for people living with mood disorders and their family members. Before the COVID pandemic we had eleven weekly support group meetings on four days of the week at four different venues. The free lending library had grown to almost 1,000 books, DVDs, journals, and reference books, which were available to all in the community who want to focus on achieving wellness while living with a mood disorder. The chapter has also partnered in numerous community events with other local like-minded organizations, including NAMI, Suicide Prevention, and the three area behavioral health hospitals. For four years, this chapter took the leadership in producing a Community Mental Health fair. The last one had 55 exhibitors and national speakers.
What's next is predicated on recovering from the impact of the COVID pandemic, during which we moved our weekly support group meetings to virtual, and closed our library and educational programs. We are progressing with the replacement of aging volunteer leadership with fresher leadership as well as compensated professional management. The Board is also focusing on reaching and serving more people in underserved segments of our community who are in need of support.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve people who are living with mood disorders: Depression, Bipolar, Post Traumatic Stress, and Anxiety disorders. We serve both people who are living with these conditions as well as those who provide care to them. We also reach out to mental health professionals to inform them of our presence and services in the community.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    DBSA Colorado Springs now has 11 support groups each week. An objective in the latest Strategic Plan is to add at least one group each year that reaches a specific population not currently being reached. In the 2019/2020, one group was added in Pueblo, Colorado, which had none, and another group was added in Colorado Springs to specifically serve people who are living with both mood disorders and addictive disorders ("Dual Diagnosis")

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    As a result of formal feedback seeking, our chapter has established support groups for specific populations in our community (i.e.: women only meetings, Veterans only meetings). Also based on feedback about how participants learned about our programs we have altered the focus of our outreach efforts.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, As a result of the COVID pandemic, we have shifted our surveying participants to on line.,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DBSA Colorado Springs

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Saverio Greto

Lori Salgado

Sia Fallahi

Karen Fallahi

Larry Ritterband

Saverio Greto

Brian Allen

Sean Sackinger

Marissa Valdez

Bridget Ballard-Cummins

Rhonda Greder

Stephanie Symonette

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/2/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/02/2019

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.