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11th Annual OBH Regional DUI Treatment Provider Training


Registration is now open for the Office of Behavioral Health's Eleventh Annual Regional Impaired Driver Treatment Training (DUI).  This year's registration also includes a brief workforce survey that we would appreciate your help with.  Click on the link below for more information and the registration form for this year's training sessions:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RegionalImpairedDriver2014


Please forward this message to anyone who does not have TMS access.This years location:


May 07, 2014 - Colorado Springs - Hotel Elegante - 2886 S.
Circle Drive - Colorado Springs, CO 80908


May 22, 2014 - Loveland - Embassy Suites - 4705 Clydesdale
Parkway - Loveland, CO 80538


May 29, 2014 - Denver South - Holiday Inn Lakewood - 7390
W. Hampden Avenue - Lakewood, CO 80227


June 04, 2014 - Denver North - Double Tree by Hilton
Westminster - 8773 Yates Drive - Westminster, CO 80031


June 25, 2014 - Grand Junction - Clarion Inn - 755 Horizon
Drive - Grand Junction, CO 81506


Thank you for your participation and we look forward to seeing you there!

Christine Flavia  and Webster Hendricks


Save the Date
Licensing and Designation - OBH Behavioral Health Rules


Please join CDHS Office of Behavioral Health on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 9am-11am in Denver, Colorado at the Fort Logan Auditorium (Address: 3520 W Oxford Ave. Denver, CO 80236) for a  Behavioral Health Rules training on Licensing and Designation.

If you are unable to make it in person, Webinar access will be available, however, we are only able to accommodate up to 100 participants, so sign up early! To accommodate as many people as we can, group registration is highly encouraged. If you are able to get a group to sign in under one Webinar registration, we would greatly appreciate it.

Please register for webinar with this link: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/661477766
Please RSVP Anh Le, anh.le@state.co.us, if you plan on attending. State if you will attend via Webinar or in person with email address(es) as handouts will be emailed ahead of time.



ATTC Workshops for Addiction Professionals in Colorado

Sponsored by Central Rockies ATTC

Durango, CO
April 17-18, 2014
Click here for more information.


Denver, CO
April 22-24, 2014
Click here for more information.





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
  • Youth and MIP - August 6, 2014, 9am - Noon
  • Grievance and Complaints - 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 or 303-866-7497.



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





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.







(Please share this information with other staff)

1. There are only 3 IEC trainings left this fiscal year. The registration deadline for the April Interlock 

    Enhancement Counseling training in Colorado Spgs is 4/10/14.


     • April 14th, Colorado Springs - May 20th, Loveland - June 9th, Grand Junction
     • Call 303-442-5780 to register.

2. Upcoming Regional DUI Treatment Trainings. See posted “Save the date” and link to registration  

    coming very soon.   All DUI treatment providers and probation staff working with impaired driving

    offenders are welcome.

3. Remember: Formal training in the DUI curriculum being used is a licensing requirement.


    • Driving With Care (DWC). May 28-29, Loveland and June 10-11, Grand Junction.
      Call CIDRE to register – 303-442-5780
    • Impaired Driver Education and Therapy Program (IDEP). May 9, Metro Denver
      Offered by The Change Companies, 888-889-8866
    • Prime For Life/Prime Solutions. Coming July 2014
    • Contact the Prevention Research Institute for more information, 800-922-9489.

4. OBH Behavioral Health Rules – 2 CCR 502-1 – Multiple sections will apply to you - read them all


    • Assessment and service planning must now be completed following admission
    • Agencies must now include education about the interlock in Level I and Level II education, 
      screen all DUI clients for interlock requirements and offer interlock counseling
    • There are new requirements for service provision for youth under age 21 with impaired driving

    • Credit for behavioral health services – Level II therapy credit can only be granted if supported by the 
       agency’s current clinical assessment and service plan. The client record must maintain adequate

       supporting documentation. Credit for non-DUI or non-OBH licensed services is never automatic.




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.