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Office of Behavioral Health May Research Forum
“Experiential Play Therapy (EPT)®: Entering a Child’s World through Play”

Presented by:
Dr. Byron E. Norton, LP, RPT-S, EPT/D.
Family Psychological Services, P.C.

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Registration:  8:00am – 8:30am
Training:  8:30am – 12pm

Holiday Inn Lakewood
7390 Hampden Avenue
Lakewood, Colorado 80236

Please click here for more details.

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.




Please join the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) training on the recently integrated Behavioral Health Rules.
  • 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

 **All dates and times are subject to change. Please continue to check back for updated dates and times.


Any questions regarding the training can be referred to Anh Le, anh.le@state.co.us.



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.






The registration for the upcoming Annual OBH DUI Treatment Providers Training is finally here.


We are working to improve Colorado's Impaired Driver treatment and management system by promoting quality communication and strong collaborations.  We want to invite treatment providers, probation officers, parole officers, and anyone else who may be interested to join us at one of the listed training sessions.


This year there are six sessions scheduled around the State.  Please pass this link on to all agency staff and personnel.  Just click on the link below and complete the registration form.  Registration links are also available on the OBH website and on the TMS bulletin Board.  If there are problems form or questions, please contact Webster Hendricks at 303-866-7499 or webster.hendricks@state.co.us.


Click here to register.

We hope to see you there. 





New Training Opportunity!


In an effort to provide support to counselors and agencies providing DUI services, OBH has contracted with Anjali Nandi to provide some training to counselors who are currently providing DUI Level II education and therapy. There are 4 trainings left this fiscal year. There will be some additional trainings scheduled in the next fiscal year.


Different than basic group counseling training, this is an enhanced group skills training that provides counselors with practical ideas, exercises and strategies to use in their DUI groups. The training includes a focus on:


  • how to individualize a manual-based curriculum
  • managing different stages of change and treatment goals
  • group leadership skills
  • keeping groups dynamic and fresh


The next trainings are in:

  • Colorado Springs (5/8)
  • Grand Junction (5/18)
  • Steamboat Springs (6/22)


Click here for additional information and registration details. Space is limited, sign up now.





The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) proudly announces its 12th training for stakeholders in Colorado’s Impaired Driver services arena.  These training sessions are part of OBH’s continuing efforts to improve the quality of Education and Treatment services provided to Impaired Drivers throughout Colorado. Past sessions have been rated beneficial to providers by the providers themselves. 


So mark your calendars and join us as we share critical information and exchange ideas about changes and new expectations for defining, assessing, educating, and treating impaired driving in Colorado.  click on link to view Dates and Times


Free Training

This training is for counselors who have been facilitating DUI groups for at least one year and would like to renew their skills and walk away with practical ideas, exercises and strategies to use in group.


click here for more information and to download the application


DUI NEWS: March & April 2015

(Please share this information with other staff)


  • Clients must sign a release of information to DMV if an AOE is submitted.
  • The “DMV Affidavit” box in the TMS/DRS record MUST be checked.
  • The paper copy of the AOE does not need to be submitted to DMV, but must be retained in the client file. The check box in the TMS/DRS records serves to notify DMV that the AOE has been completed.  
  • Only those clients who are considered a Persistent Drunk Driver (PDD) are eligible for driver’s license reinstatement with an AOE.
  • All PDD clients must complete BOTH Level II Ed AND Level II therapy. Never complete an AOE for ed only.
  • A track must be entered on the paper AOE in the client file, and on the TMS/DRS record. Only tracks A through D can be entered. If an assigned track is unknown, follow the OBH guidelines for placement.
  • Clients who are driving with an AOE and are not attending their Level II program are a threat to public safety and may be a liability to the agency.  If no attendance in 30 days, discharge! It is only when DMV receives a discharge DRS showing non-completion, that they can cancel the person’s driver’s license.
  • Discharge DRSs do not need to be mailed/faxed to DMV, there are daily downloads from OBH to DMV.


2. SAVE THE DATE:  12th Annual Regional Impaired Driver Treatment Training


OBHs annual networking and training event for DUI system stakeholders. Registration will open shortly

  • May 06  - Greeley
  • May 13  - Pueblo
  • May 20  - Denver
  • June 04 - Denver
  • June 11 - Cortez
  • June 24 - Grand Junction


3. Group Facilitation Skills Training 

This is an enhanced group skills training specifically for DUI counselors. Click here for more info and the registration form.      

TO REGISTER - EMAIL instil.consulting@gmail.com              


  • 5/8 Colorado Springs
  • 5/18 Grand Junction
  • 6/22 Steamboat Springs




  • Driving With Care (DWC) –Call 303-442-5780 to register.
    • 4/28 - 29 Loveland
    • 5/4 - 5/5 Golden


  • The Change Companies Impaired Driver Education & Treatment Program (IDEP) – Call 888-889-8866 
    • 5/18 Denver


  • Interlock Enhancement Counseling (IEC) –Call 303-442-5780 to register
    • 5/7 Loveland
    • 5/11 Golden
    • 5/22 Glenwood Springs
    • 6/3 Colorado Springs