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Data Integration Intiative

DII Survey Opportunity!


The Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) within the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) currently has two legacy data systems (CCAR and DACODS) that make it difficult, time consuming, and expensive to track co-occurring clients and ensure that those clients are receiving appropriate care. With decision item funding OBH is designing, developing, and implementing a web-based data collection system that spans the entire behavioral health system and better integrates with health care professionals, other government agencies and entities (e.g., CDHS Divisions and Offices, HCPF, CDPHE, CO Health Information Exchange, All Payer Claims Database).


This project has been ongoing for the past (2 years) where there have been many stakeholder groups, work groups, and thoughtful planning; however, the Office recognizes there may still be feedback surrounding proposed measures and data components not captured in formal meetings. As each proposed section reaches its last stages of revision, segments will be posted on the website. Please use this survey to give feedback on any posted information. Also please use this survey to ask any questions for the OBH DII developers. The DII team greatly appreciates your feedback.  


Below is the current draft of the data elements for the DII. Please review and provide feedback with the survey link below.



Please click here to complete the survey.



Data Integration Initiative History


  • Amount funded by Decision Item – $480,000 ($288,000 – General Fund, $192,000 – Federal Funding)
  • Effective date of funding – July 1, 2013.
  • The Department received $480,000 Total Funds ($288,000 General Fund and $192,000 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Federal Funds) in FY 2013-14 to develop, design, implement and maintain the Colorado Integrated Behavioral Health Services Data Collection System (IBHS).
  • The IBHS will consolidate the State’s mental health and substance use disorder data currently used for client records and analysis and include physical health data. The IBHS will replace the mental health Colorado Clinical Assessment Record (CCAR) system and the substance use disorder Drug/Alcohol Coordinated Drug System (DACODS).
  • Current planned implementation date:  End of CY 2015
  • OBH Leads:  John Mahalik, Ph.D., MPA, Project Lead; Leo Jaramillo, MBA, Project Sponsor; Troy Evatt, Project Manager
  • OBH Consultants:  David Wanser, Ph.D. and Karen Bell, M.D., JBS International, Inc.




OBH hosted a Data Integration Initiative kick-off event in Denver on August 21st, 2013 which facilitated and attended by Executive Leadership from CDHS, OBH, HCPF, CDPHE, OIT and behavioral health provider leadership representation. The intent was to inform the greater public of the initiative and demonstrate a strong collaboration between state agencies to develop an integrated behavioral health services data collection system that addresses client/patient behavioral and physical health service needs; streamlines financial management functions (billing and coding); meets mandated reporting requirements; and most importantly, assists all health care providers in achieving better health outcomes for the citizens of Colorado through facilitating electronic health records (EHR) interoperability between OBH and other statewide health care entities.

  • Steering Committee Members  
    • Lori Banks, OBH

    • Leo Jaramillo, OBH

    • John Mahalik, OBH

    • Gail Mahar, OBH

    • Troy Evatt, OBH

    • Tena Prange, OBH

    • Frank Cornelia, CBHC

    • Matt Sundeen, CPA

    • Camille Harding, HCPF

    • Joel Dalzell, HCPF

    • Alyson Shupe, CDPHE

    • Chris Wells, GOIT

    • Kate Kiefert, CORHIO

    • Dave Wanser, JBS

    • Mary Brown, QHN

    • Richard Swanson, AUMHC

    • Tonya Wheeler, AFR

    • Amanda Kearney-Smith, CMWN