Denver Public Library

Award / $25,000

Priority / Health Innovation

Location / Denver, CO Denver county of focus

Grant Summary:  The Denver Public Library (DPL) is embracing changing roles for libraries in their communities through an innovative collaboration with the Colorado Mental Wellness Network (CMWN). Through this partnership, peer navigators work with and support DPL’s social workers in outreach, assessments and human services referrals for vulnerable customers. This creative intervention integrates health and community resources, increasing access to mental health and human services and supporting the reduction of crime, delinquency and recidivism using evidence-based best practices of peer support and library social work models.