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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


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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.



Office of Behavioral Health Culturally Informed and Inclusive Programs
“OBH Behavioral Health Equity Report:  An Overview of Behavioral Health Service Delivery Across Populations”

July 23, 2015  8:30a-12p (Registration begins at 8:00am)
Double Tree by Hilton, Denver-Westminster


Click here for more information.




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. Thanks to all who attended the 12th annual  Regional Impaired Driver Treatment Training

  • There were well over 300 in attendance at the 5 trainings held this year  around  the state.    Unfortunately, there was not enough registered to hold the Cortez training, maybe next time.
  • Presentations on interstate compact, ignition interlock and prescription drugs were informative and well received. The power points for these presentations are still up on the OBH website, Latest News page.


2. Interstate Compact FYI (see Power Point on OBH website, Latest News page for more detail):

  • This applies to any client that has to report education/treatment to any  court, probation, parole,  DMV  or is seeking treatment for an offense that happened in another state, not in Colorado.  This includes DUIs
  • Education/treatment cannot start until the agency receives approval from the Interstate Compact Office. The client must sign a Release of Information to Interstate Compact.
  • Interstate Compact forms are available on the OBH website, Programs & Services/Services for People Involved in the Criminal Justice System/Interstate Compact documentation. These forms cannot be changed or placed on agency letterhead.  The forms are currently in the process of being updated, so check back for most current forms. Here is a link to the page-http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDHS-BehavioralHealth/CBON/1251581449629
  • The treatment agency must notify Interstate Compact when the client is discharged
  • An agency that does not follow the procedure for providing services to an out-of-state offender may be fined for not following the statute. 
  • This requirement does not apply to evaluations only or sites providing detox services. 


3. DUI Counselor Training Schedule – The training calendar for fiscal year 2015-2016 (starting 7/1/15)  

    should be available by September 1st.  Check the OBH website or TMS message board for

    current training information.


4. What Else Do You Do? When clients have additional clinical needs beyond the DUI group or DUI

    agency ability:

  • The best practice is that any decisions made are based on the findings of the clinical assessment
  • Clients can be referred to individual counseling, specialized groups or other clinical services that the DUI agency determines is appropriate to meet the client’s needs. This may be within the agency or by referral.
  • If supported by the clinical assessment, it is acceptable for a client to participate in  therapy first before education. Of course, this must be documented in the client file
  • Any Level II therapy hours granted for non-DUI treatment must be justified by a current  clinical assessment conducted by the DUI agency along with sufficient supporting documentation 
    from the other service provider.