Boots on the Ground Awards Amanda Hodge and Ed Mondragon

The San Luis Valley Joint Interagency Oversight Group (SLV Joint IOG) is pleased to honor two partner agency staff members with the “Boots on the Ground” award in recognition of employees who exemplify the spirit of cross-systems collaboration.

The April 2016 award recipients are Edwin Mondragon and Amanda Hodge.

Ed works at Monte Vista High School.   Ed demonstrates the desire to see that the kids he works with achieve their full potential. He is a tireless advocate for student success and works diligently to see that special education students needs and accommodations are met in the regular classroom.  Students enjoy his easy going, friendly personality and view him as an adult they can trust. He utilizes all the resources at his disposal and is always willing to collaborate with other agencies to support his students.

Amanda is a therapist at the San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group. When working with youth and families Amanda is engaging and compassionate. She assists families in incorporating their voice and strengths into treatment planning. Her open and holistic approach provides support for families to overcome emotional challenges and make positive changes in their lives. She utilizes natural support systems and community resources to help her clients be successful.

Established in 2008, the SLV Joint IOG, funded through Colorado State House Bill 1451, currently includes Alamosa and Rio Grande Counties. Over twenty agencies participate in the SLV Joint IOG; the 12th Judicial District Probation Department and Senate Bill 94 Program, Alamosa County Department of Human Services, Alamosa County Public Health Department, Alamosa School District, Center for Restorative Programs, Colorado Division of Youth Corrections, Colorado Health Partnerships, Crossroads’ Turning Points, Del Norte School District, Monte Vista School District, Rio Grande County Department of Social Services, Teri Sisneros, Rio Grande County Family Representative, Rio Grande County Public Health Department, San Luis Valley Early Childhood Council, San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group, San Luis Valley BOCES, Sargent School District, Signal Behavioral Health Network, and Tu Casa.

The goal of the SLV Joint IOG is to develop collaborative approaches for the provision of individualized, strength-based, family-centered, and culturally sensitive services to children, youth, and families. The SLV Joint IOG works to increase the quality and appropriateness of services while encouraging cost sharing and reducing service duplication and fragmentation.

For more information about the SLV Joint IOG, please visit our website at, or contact Carrie Heltzel, Director, at carrieheltzel