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Research Forum “Recovery Month:A Focus on "Young People in Recovery (YPR)" 


Tuesday, September 29, 2015 8:30am - 12pm (Registration begins at 8:00am)

Double Tree by Hilton Denver-Westminster

8773 Yates Drive

Westminster, Colorado 80031

Click here for more information.




 "New rules went into effect September 1, 2015 regarding The Procedure for Awarding Gambling Addiction Grants."

The view the Colorado Secretary of State's page for these rules click here 



The Office of Behavioral Health Youth and Families Bridges Project


Recovery Month: A Focus on Young Persons in Recovery
Sept 29, 2015  8:30a-12p (Registration begins at 8:00am), Double Tree by Hilton, Denver-Westminster

Click here for more information.




Draft Colorado Community Behavioral Health Services Combined Block Grant Application


The Office of Behavioral Health encourages stakeholders to review the Draft Colorado Block Grant Application during the required 30 day open public comment period. Please feel free to submit comments for the final submission to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Thank you.


Draft Colorado Community Behavioral Health Services Combined Block Grant Application


Please click here to leave a comment.


Upcoming Strategies for Self-Improvement & Change (SSC) Trainings

New Dates Added!

Please click here for more information.



Mother's Connection


OBH has just launched a new website called Mother's Connection, which is intended to publicize the availability of addiction treatment for women who are pregnant.  We hope the information here will be useful to you. 


There are two intended audiences for the content here—one of course is women who are pregnant and considering treatment for addiction issues (as well as their loved ones who may be concerned about them), and the other is professionals working in the addiction treatment field who are looking for resources and information about treatment for women.  Please check it out! 


The OBH contact for this project is Karen Mooney, who can be reached at 303-866-7492 or karen.mooney@state.co.us.





The Office of Behavioral Health has re-posted the Emergency Mental Illness Report & Application (M-1) form to appropriately reflect C.R.S.  27-65-105. The word "imminent" has been changed back from "substantial". Though the definition of "danger to self and others" has expanded to include "substantial" (please click here for further information), "imminent" still remains as a part of the legislation and process.

New Title 27, Article 65

On May 16, 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law HB13-1296, creating the Civil Commitment Statute Review Task Force under C.R.S. §27-60-102.
Pursuant to C.R.S. §27-60-102 (3), the Civil Commitment Statute Review Task Force studied the definition of “danger to self or others” as set forth in section C.R.S. §27-65-102 (4.5) and, considering the civil liberties and public safety concerns of that definition, ratified the definition by a majority vote.


C.R.S. § 27-65-105, the section that governs mental health emergency procedure, continues to read “imminent danger to others or to himself or herself…”  
“Danger to self or others” has been further defined to read:


a) “With respect to an individual, that the individual poses a substantial risk of physical harm
     to himself or herself as manifested by evidence of recent threats of or attempts at suicide or

     serious bodily harm to himself or herself; or”


b) “With respect to other persons, that the individual poses a substantial risk of physical harm
     to another person or persons, as manifested by evidence of recent homicidal or other violent

     behavior by the person in question, or by evidence that others are placed in reasonable fear of

     violent behavior and serious physical harm to them, as evidenced by a recent overt act, 

     attempt, or threat to doserious physical harm by the person in question.”


Additionally, the Civil Commitment  Statute Review Task Force informally considered the definition and application of the term “imminent” in C.R.S. § 27-65-105.  The plain language meaning of “imminent” should be applied, and can be found here.  In section 105, the term “imminent” applies to the proximity in time of the dangerousness.  More specifically, the term “imminent” applies to a determination of whether the danger to others or himself or herself is current; it does not apply to how soon in time a specific dangerous act may be undertaken.

Click here for the Colorado Revised Statutes, C.R.S. § 27-65-101 - 131


Click here for more detailed information regarding C.R.S. §27-65-102 (4.5).









Transition Age Youth with Behavioral Health Challenges: Current Status and Future Directions 

An Informational Report and Recommendations to Improve Outcomes for Colorado's Transition Age Youth and Their Families. 





The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) announces a Request for Applications for Law Enforcement Assistance Funds (LEAF) prevention programs related to impaired driving.  The funds are designated for fiscal year 2014-2015 which begins on July 1, 2014.  Please review the documents and be aware of important deadlines as well as the OBH contact to answer any questions.




Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) Behavioral Health Rules training presentations.
  • Assessment and Service Planning - February 20, 2014
  • 27-65 and Commitment - February 26, 2014
  • CMHTA - March 17, 2014, 10am - Noon
  • OBH Integrated Rules Training Overview - March 27, 2014, 9am - Noon
  • Licensing and Designation - April 23, 2013, 9am - Noon 
  • OBRA/PASSAR - May 21, 2014, 9am - Noon
  • Methadone - June 11, 2014, 9am - Noon
  • DUI and Criminal Justice - July 16, 2014, 9am - Noon
  • Grievance and Complaints - August 6, 2014, 9am - Noon
  • Care and Treatment of Children, Youth and Families - August 13, 2014, 9am - Noon



OBH Rules Presentation:  Integrated Behavioral Health Rules Slide Presentation  


The Office of Behavioral Health Rules effective 11/1/13 can be found on the Secretary of State's website through the following link: Code of Colorado Regulations - CDHS/OBH Behavioral Health Rules and Regulations


The crosswalk of the former Volume #'s of Behavioral Health rules to their corresponding section in Volume 21, 2 CCR 502-1 can be found here: Where former Rules have been Integrated into 2 CCR 502-1, Volume 21





Speak Now



A new statewide effort has been launched in April called “Speak Now” to get parents to talk to their teens about the dangers of underage drinking.  The campaign, created by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, provides parents with the resources they need to start a conversation with their teen and discuss the issue of teen alcohol consumption before unpleasant behaviors develop. 


The Speak Now campaign encourages parents through its campaign website (www.speaknowcolorado.org) to have prompt and continued conversations with their kids about the dangers of teen drinking. The interactive website helps parents start a conversation by sending a personal text to their teen directly from the site, and also provides a “how to start a conversation” video that includes testimonials from other Colorado parents and local law enforcement. Downloadable resources address the latest Colorado underage drinking laws, statewide statistics, and effective ways to speak about alcohol and drugs.  The site also links to community resources throughout Colorado.  Much of the website’s content is also available in Spanish at www.hableahoracolorado.org.






12th Annual OBH DUI Treatment Providers Training presentation powerpoints. 





(Please share this information with other staff)

1.  September is NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. CELEBRATE SUCCESSES. THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!


2.  The Office of Behavioral Health is in the process of revising their agency rules.  If you would like a draft of the proposed revisions please e-mail Ryan Templeton  (ryan.templeton@state.co.us) at the OBH.  Feedback and suggestions are welcomed and will be gathered, reviewed and documented until the end of business on September 11, 2015.


  • Look for an announcement soon for an upcoming DUI stakeholder meeting to talk about proposed DUI rules anticipated for the next phase of agency rule revision.  We are talking about creating a new level of service for felony DUI offenders,  Level III treatment.




  • This legal supplement specifically references Colorado law and must be used in addition to  the legal aspects segment of the DUI education curriculum being used. The supplement includes recent changes in the law regarding FELONY DUIs.  
  • Click HERE for the supplement. A copy of the supplement will remain on the OBH website, DUI Services page, under Related/Resource Links


4.  GROUP FACILITATION SKILLS for DUI counselors; this training will refresh and renew your group skills  and teach practical strategies for balancing the use of a manulaized curricula with individualizing client care .  Click HERE for the GFS flyer. 

  • 09/25/15 Golden
  • 10/19/15 Grand Junction
  • 11/09/15 Colorado Springs


5.  DUI CURRICULUM TRAINING: Note: Formal training in the curriculum being used is an OBH licensing requirement.  



  • DRIVING WITH CARE (DWC), all counselors facilitating DWC must go through the 2-day training. Click HERE for the DWC flyer. Contact CIDRE to register – 303-442-5780.

    • 10/22/15-10/23/15 Grand Junction
    • 11/16/15 – 11/17/15 Colorado Springs
  • DRIVING WITH CARE-UDD,  Education and Treatment of the UNDERAGE impaired driving.  There is only ONE training scheduled each year. Click HERE for the DWC-UDD flyer.  Contact  CIDRE to register – 303-442-5780.

    • 09/29/15 Golden


  • INTERLOCK ENHANCMENT COUNSELING (IEC), at least one DUI counselor at each DUI licensed  site must take this training. It is strongly encourage that ALL DUI counselors take the IEC training. Click HERE for the IEC  flyer. Contact CIDRE to register – 303-442-5780.

    • 10/6/15 Golden
    • 10/26/16 Colorado Springs
    • 12/15/15 Golden


  • IMPAIRED DRIVER EDUCATION & THERAPY PROGRAM (IDEP) all counselors facilitating IDEP must  go through the 1-day training. Contact The Change Companies, 888-889-8866.

    • 10/21/15 Denver


6.  No DUIcolorado website – marketing materials 


  • The noDUIcolorado website has become a valuable resource for individuals in our state.  If  you, or  you know others in your community, who want website materials, they can be ordered directly from Webb Strategic, who OBH has contracted with to development market  www.noDUIcolorado.org  Click HERE  for a catalog of materials available. 


7.  Remember to use the new Interstate Compact forms click here 


8.  FREE WEBINAR Counseling Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders


  • WWW.NAADAC.ORG Wed, Sep 23, 2015 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM MDT.  This free webinar will introduce the learner to the ideas and concepts behind both diagnosing and treating people with co-occurring disorders.