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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).

 

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 
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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

 

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STRATEGIES FOR SELF-IMPROVEMENT AND CHANGE (SSC) TRAINING


The State of Colorado through The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), is sponsoring a series of training sessions in the Strategies for Self-Improvement & Change (SSC) curriculum.  The curriculum is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral treatment model for the substance abusing adult offender.  Counselors who wish to participate in this training must complete the application and pre-test.  The application must be legible, all questions must be answered and an e-mail address and phone number must be provided.  After the training is closed, applicants who have been selected for the training will be notified via e-mail with the specifics for that training.  Due to the number of applications received for this training and with only 20 counselors being able to participate in this training at one time, I am sorry that not all applicants are guaranteed a spot in the training by just applying.  
 

 

 SSC Training Information

 

 SSC Training Application

 

 

 

 
 
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.

 

 

 

 

 

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JUNE/JULY 2014 EDITION:  DUI NEWS
 
(Please share this information with other staff)
 

1.   DUI curriculum training

 
 
  • Impaired Driver Education and Therapy Program (IDEP) August 8, Metro Denver offered by The Change Companies, 888-889-8866.
  • Prime For Life (DUI ed) and Prime Solutions (DUI therapy) Last week of July. Contact the Prevention Research Institute for more information, 800-922-9489.
  • The Driving With Care & Interlock Enhancement Counseling training schedule will come out late July
 

2.   Regional DUI Treatment Trainings

 

       Big thanks to those who attended the first four regional trainings held in the Front Range, they 

       have been very successful. The last training is scheduled June 25, 2014 - Grand Junction. 
       You can still register by clicking here
 
       For a copy of the PowerPoint used in the training, please click here.   


3   TIP – Interlock Enhancement Counseling

 
  • IEC cannot be incorporated into regular Level II education or Level II therapy programs. It must be a separate group that uses the IEC curriculum. IEC consists of 4 groups and 4-30 minute individuals.
  • If your agency is offering IEC by referral to another agency, please contact otherprograms in your area to locate someone who is offering it.
 

4.   TIP – TMS data entry

 
  • Data entry into the DRS database is only intended for routine communications. Any time there are issues with DUI clients it is important for probation and agencies to communicate with each other directly.


5.   TIP – DUI Rules 

  • Assessment and service plans must now be completed following intake.
  • Clients must be assigned to a specific class or group. Dropping in to any group is not allowed.
  • DUI education classes can be made up by attending another class that covers the missed content.
  • DUI therapy classes can only be made up by attending individual sessions (hour for hour), or by attending their assigned group an additional week.  It is disruptive and counter-therapeutic for both the client and the group when clients attend other groups to make up therapy sessions.
      

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IGNITION INTERLOCK EDUCATION AND TREATMENT
 

Ignition interlock devices have long been used as a means of reducing recidivism for persons with impaired driving offenses.  In an article from 2011, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine concluded that “methods for combining interlock programs with alcohol treatment programs should be explored further as a potential means of extending the effectiveness of interlock beyond the period during which they are installed”.


With funding from the Persistent Drunk Driver Fund, a protocol was developed four years ago called Interlock Enhancement Counseling©® (IEC) to be used as an adjunct to DUI education and treatment for those DUI offenders who have an interlock installed in their vehicles. It is a 10 hour motivationally based brief intervention that consists of 4 brief individual sessions and 4 groups. OBH has received much interest and recognition for this initiative from both national and international colleagues. We've already trained over 300 counselors in Colorado in IEC.


OBH's proposed rules will require DUI licensed programs to include education about interlocks in their education groups, screen their DUI clients for interlock usage and requirements, and offer interlock counseling to those clients who are eligible.


The number of interlock users has increased from 6,000 to about 12,000 in the last 5 years. With changes to the law being made this legislative session, it is expected that number may easily double again in the next 5 years.


In an effort to implement the interlock education and counseling pieces fully, throughout Colorado, OBH’s Ignition Interlock Education and Treatment Policy will be going into effect July 1, 2013. The purpose of the policy is to guide the process of incorporating interlock education and counseling into DUI education and treatment programs licensed by OBH.

 

      

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