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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.

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Office of Behavioral Health Research Forum

Working towards Recovery: Implementing an Integrated Approach
“Using Supported Employment as a mode of therapy to expedite your client’s road to recovery”

Presented by:
Gary R. Bond, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center

June 25, 2015

Click here for more details.

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





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 registration for the upcoming Annual OBH DUI Treatment Providers Training is finally here.


We are working to improve Colorado's Impaired Driver treatment and management system by promoting quality communication and strong collaborations.  We want to invite treatment providers, probation officers, parole officers, and anyone else who may be interested to join us at one of the listed training sessions.


This year there are six sessions scheduled around the State.  Please pass this link on to all agency staff and personnel.  Just click on the link below and complete the registration form.  Registration links are also available on the OBH website and on the TMS bulletin Board.  If there are problems form or questions, please contact Webster Hendricks at 303-866-7499 or webster.hendricks@state.co.us.


Click here to register.

We hope to see you there. 





New Training Opportunity!


In an effort to provide support to counselors and agencies providing DUI services, OBH has contracted with Anjali Nandi to provide some training to counselors who are currently providing DUI Level II education and therapy. There are 4 trainings left this fiscal year. There will be some additional trainings scheduled in the next fiscal year.


Different than basic group counseling training, this is an enhanced group skills training that provides counselors with practical ideas, exercises and strategies to use in their DUI groups. The training includes a focus on:


  • how to individualize a manual-based curriculum
  • managing different stages of change and treatment goals
  • group leadership skills
  • keeping groups dynamic and fresh


The next training is in:

  • Steamboat Springs (6/22)


Click here for additional information and registration details. Space is limited, sign up now.





The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) proudly announces its 12th training for stakeholders in Colorado’s Impaired Driver services arena.  These training sessions are part of OBH’s continuing efforts to improve the quality of Education and Treatment services provided to Impaired Drivers throughout Colorado. Past sessions have been rated beneficial to providers by the providers themselves. 


So mark your calendars and join us as we share critical information and exchange ideas about changes and new expectations for defining, assessing, educating, and treating impaired driving in Colorado.  click on link to view Dates and Times


Free Training

This training is for counselors who have been facilitating DUI groups for at least one year and would like to renew their skills and walk away with practical ideas, exercises and strategies to use in group.


click here for more information and to download the application


DUI NEWS: June 2015

(Please share this information with other staff)



  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: to access copies of all bills go to the General Assembly website www.leg.state.co.us

    • HB 15-1043 – Concerning penalties for DUI offenders -increases the penalty from a misdemeanor to a class 4 felony after three or more prior convictions of a DUI, DUI per se, or DWAI; vehicular homicide; vehicular assault; or any combination thereof (in a lifetime). The court must determine that all appropriate sanctions and options have been exhausted before sentencing to DOC.  Allows for a community corrections sentence for those with 3 offenses. If convicted of a felony DUI the parolee will be required to use an interlock for the period of parole.
    • HB 15-1267 – Concerning conditions of probation relating to medical marijuana – makes an exception to probation conditions to allow a person on probation to possess and use medical marijuana, unless the person is convicted of an offense related to medical marijuana or the court determines such a prohibition is necessary and appropriate.


  • UPDATE:  Regional Impaired Driver Treatment Training

This year’s trainings have been a huge success with 340 registered to date. Unfortunately, Cortez was cancelled due to low numbers-sorry Cortez, maybe next time. The Westminster training had to be closed since we reached capacity. There is one training left in Grand Junction on June 24th. The registration link is on the TMS message board and the OBH website, “DUI Services” page. For copies of PowerPoints go to the OBH website www.colorado.gov/cdhs/dbh “Latest News” page.

  • Group Facilitation Skills Training – DUI counselors who have attended this enhanced group skills training have found it quite valuable. There is one training left this fiscal year in Steamboat Springs on June 22nd. TO REGISTER - EMAIL instil.consulting@gmail.com.  Look for a new training schedule this fall.