Assessment identifies gaps in response to opioid crisis

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) contracted with the Colorado Heath Institute to conduct a statewide needs assessment to identify gaps in the State’s substance abuse system that responds to opioid abuse prevention, treatment and recovery. 

The assessment identified areas where opioid misuse and its harms are most prevalent, existing activities and funding sources that address the opioid crisis, and gaps in the existing system to be addressed. Colorado’s opioid overdose rate climbed 179 percent between 2001 and 2015.

The needs assessment is part of OBH’s role as administrator of the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant award for Colorado and provides OBH with data and guidance in priority-setting and strategy.