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1. AFFIDAVIT OF ENROLLMENT. As a result of new legislation, agencies should see an increase in the
request for an “Affidavit of Enrollment” in order for client’s to reinstate their driver’s license. Here are
some “affidavit” tips:
• Affidavits are only used at DMV when a client is a persistent drunk driver and have not completed
their Level II requirement. Level II education AND Level II therapy is always required.
• It is no longer necessary to send the paper Affidavit to DMV, a copy must be maintained the client
• Enter the agency DRS # into the affidavit agency ID field, not the agency license #.
• The Affidavit checkbox must be entered in the TMS/DRS record when an Affidavit is completed.
• Clients do not have to complete a certain number of classes in order to receive an Affidavit. They
should be given at intake or when the client starts their first Level II group, or within a week of
• Non-compliant clients must be discharged in TMS/DRS in order for DMV to action on the client’s
driver’s license. Clients who are discharged Did Not Complete will receive a notice of cancellation
2. OBH INTERLOCK EDUCATION & TREATMENT POLICY. If you have not set up your interlock
counseling program please do so right away in order to comply with OBH rules and policy. The next
training in Interlock Enhancement Counseling is January 31st in Loveland. Call 303-442-5780 to
3. DUI CURRICULUM TRAINING. Click here for the full January through June 2014 training schedule.
4. OBH RULES – Effective 11/1/13. Please review ALL the rules in order to best determine what applies
to your agency. Agencies are responsible for coming into compliance with the current rules. Check
with your OBH representative regarding your time line for updating your agency operating policies and
5. TMS TIPS:
• Always enter the client’s full legal name, no nick names.
• DUI clients must be discharged in DACODS, not just in DRS.
• Clients should only be Discharged Completed when ALL their Level II education and therapy is
completed. If clients completed part of their Level II at another agency, get a copy of the DRS to
**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, email@example.com 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
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.
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.
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.