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
Training dates for CCAR revision with Diane Fox
12/11/13 - 1:30 to 3:30 PM via webinar in B109 at OBH
Training dates for DACODS revision with Jackie Urioste
1/16/14 – 1 to 3 PM via webinar B109 at OBH
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.
This issue of DUI news is dedicated to the review of recent and proposed DUI specific changes.
DRIVING WITH CARE REVISION. DWC authors are updating the curriculum and your input is very important to this process. Look for an email soon which will have a link to “survey monkey” requesting your feedback.
HB 13-1325. Effective 5/28/13, establishes a 5 ng THC threshold for impaired driving. This measurement is of active THC in whole blood, unlike the measurement of THC metabolites in urine. Regardless of level, it is against the law to drive impaired by any substance.
HB 13-1240. Effective 1/1/14, concerning penalties for persistent drunk drivers. With offenses on or after 1/1/14, reduces the defined PDD BAC level from .17% to .15% and adds to the definition of a PDD someone who refuses chemical testing. The legislation also reduces the mandatory interlock waiting period for repeat offenders from 1 year to 1 month and allows those who refuse testing to reinstate driving privileges with the interlock after 2 months. All PDD’s are required to have both Level II education and Level II therapy, and the interlock for two years, in order to reinstate their license.
REVISED DUI OFFENDER PLACEMENT GUIDELINES –For DUI offenses on or after 1/1/14:
A person who refuses the test is considered a PDD and will need, at minimum, a Track B if it is a first offense, or Track D if they have had one or more priors.
A person with an arrest BAC of .15% or greater will need, at minimum, a Track B if it is a first offense, or Track D if they have had one or more priors.
A person with a BAC of .10% or higher would not be appropriate for Level I Education.
Click here for placement guidelines. Guidelines for both before and after 1/1/14 are included.
OBH RULES – Effective 11/1/13. Some of the DUI related rules include:
Assessment and service planning must now occur following admission, regardless of service.
Discharge DRS’s cannot be withheld from clients for any reason.
Agencies must screen all DUI offenders for ignition interlock requirements, include interlock education in Level I and Level II education and offer interlock counseling to eligible clients. (Accompanying OBH policy went into effect 7/1/13)
Hours of attendance must be in person, face-to-face.
No more than 4 hours of Level I education can be held in one calendar day.
New section on Youth DUI.
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.