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Office of Behavioral Health Trauma-Informed and Integrated Care Programs
Vicarious Trauma Research Forum

“Miracle Workers:  Practicing Trauma Stewardship so you keep showing up at work and answering your phone!”

November 12, 2014  8:30a-12p  (Registration begins at 8:00a)

Holiday Inn Denver East

Click here for more information.


The State of Colorado wishes to purchase coordinated and comprehensive behavioral health services for specific populations of highest priority to the state and federal governments. Pursuant to C.R.S. §§ 27-80-106 and 107, the State is seeking managed service organization (MSO) contractors who are capable of assuring the provision of such specialized services to the defined Priority Populations and are willing to render such services under the terms and conditions specified by the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). OBH requires each designated managed service organization, one of which is assigned to each of seven geographic regions of the state, to contract with a network of subcontractor-providers in order to provide the OBH-defined continuum of substance abuse treatment and related services to the Region's residents who are in need of such services.

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





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.







The first three Group Facilitation Skills training have been scheduled, more will come next year. This is not the basic group skills class to obtain a CAC. This training is specifically for DUI counselors with at least one year of experience providing DUI groups. The training will support counselors in the use of manualized DUI curricula and strategies for individualizing the material to clients' and groups' individualized needs. It will also support counselors in keeping the groups "fresh" for them and for their clients. A win/win for both counselors and clients!

New DUI Counselor Training Announced


DUI Counselor Training Requirements:

In accordance with OBH rule 21.240.3 “Agencies shall use and adhere to a curriculum written in a manual form that is evidence based/promising practice specific to DUI” and “Staff conducting DUI education and therapy shall receive training in the curriculum”.


The OBH Interlock Education & Treatment Policy requires at least one DUI counselor at each site be trained in Interlock Enhancement Counseling (IEC). All DUI counselors are encouraged to take the training. Probation officers wanting more information can audit the IEC training.


Click here for the DUI CURRICULUM TRAINING SCHEDULE – September to December 2014





(Please share this information with other staff)


1. Upcoming Trainings


  • The schedule for DUI curriculum trainings (DWC, IEC, IDEP) through 2014 is out. Click HERE for the current schedule.
  • There has been tremendous interest in the Group Facilitation Skills Training. The Denver and Colorado Spring trainings are now full, there is some room left in the 11/14/14 Ft. Collins training. A new schedule of additional Group Skills trainings for 2015 will be released next month.


2. TMS & RELIATRAX. Reliatrax updates cannot be used in place of TMS data entry! It is an OBH 
     licensing requirement that data be entered into TMS within 7 days of service or change in client status.


3. The Interlock Enhancement Counseling participant workbook is now available in Spanish language.


4. For those DUI clients that successfully complete the 10 hour IEC program, though they may be 
    eligible for 10 hours of Level II therapy credit, their two year ignition interlock requirement
    is mandated by law and can’t be reduced.


5. Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles has an updated website and new web link www.colorado.gov/dmv


6. OBH gets a lot of questions about granting Level II therapy credit for non-licensed or non-DUI services. 
    Please review the OBH rule (21.240.9) and the OBH policy (on our website). Agencies are encouraged
    to develop their own agency operating policy on when and how such credit may be granted.



  • Only clients considered persistent drunk drivers (first DUI high BAC or refusal & repeat offenders) are eligible for driver’s license reinstatement with an AOE.
  • DMV always requires both Level II education and Level II therapy for persistent drunk drivers. 
  • The affidavit box must be checked in the TMS/DRS record. DMV reports the box is only being checked about half the time. In a few months, DMV will no longer accept AOEs if the TMS/DRS affidavit box is not checked.