OBH Celebrates Accomplishments of Opioid Grantees and Partners

The Office of Behavioral Health convened a meeting April 27 around the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant to celebrate year-one accomplishments of grantees and community partners and to plan for year-two funding. More than 30 grantees and partners gathered for the working meeting and celebration. A total of 10 awards were given, three to organizations and seven to individual champions working on the grant.

Individual Champions:

  • Carl Bauer (peer navigator from AspenPointe)
  • Daniel Manilla (a prescriber who participated in training to expand access to medication-assisted treatment)
  • Jose Esquibel (director of the Office of Community Engagement with the Colorado Attorney General's Office)
  • Kristy Jordan (grant point of contact with Signal Behavioral Health Network and for naloxone distribution statewide)
  • Marco Macaluso (law enforcement partner from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office)
  • Raymond Martinez (peer navigator from Signal)
  • Whit Oyler (strategic planning coordinator with the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention)


  • Behavioral Health Group
  • Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Signal Behavioral Health Network

These individuals and organizations made outstanding efforts toward the STR Grant deliverables by envisioning and then implementing programs and processes to expand Colorado's ability and capacity to treat opioid use disorder.