Behavioral Health Strategies Are Essential to Public Health

The Annual Public Health in the Rockies connects partners around Colorado to meaningful programs that promote strategies for better health. OBH presented four sessions at the August 28-31 event.
  • Designing a Trauma-Informed System: Children and families within systems of care have often experienced trauma that must be addressed to facilitate recovery. In Colorado in 2017, various systems had trauma-informed care initiatives, but these efforts were neither aligned nor comprehensive. The theory of change method was used to develop a statewide framework for creating trauma-responsive child-, youth-, and family-serving systems. View Presentation.
  • Lift the Label: Colorado's Opioid Use Disorder Anti-Stigma Campaign. In May 2018, Gov. Hickenlooper launched Lift the Label, a statewide public awareness campaign that strives to remove damaging labels and stigmas that prevent those with opioid addiction from seeking effective treatment. The campaign is funded by SAMHSA and features real Coloradans sharing about addiction and recovery. A survey of Coloradans showed nearly 30 percent think drug addiction is a choice and is because people have less willpower. This campaign aims to change that. View Presentation.
  • The Hold and Treat Process: What you need to know. This session focuses on the procedures and overview of the mental health hold and treat process; new procedures introduced in 2018 with regard to mental health holds; and, an overview of the care and treatment of persons with mental health disorders, including involuntary procedures. View Presentation.
  • Expanding Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment through IT MATTTRs2. CU’s Department of Family Medicine and the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health joined forces to design and fund the IT MATTTRs2 program or Implementing Technology and Medication-Assisted Treatment in Colorado. A panel of MAT providers and practice facilitators will be providing their “in the trenches” view on implementing MAT into their practices. View Presentation.