OPEN for Comment (Close December 8, 2017): OBH FFY 2018 Annual Synar Report

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services leads public health efforts to advance behavioral health services across the nation. SAMHSA provides Block Grants to allow states to address their unique behavioral health issues. States are required to use Block Grant program funds for prevention, treatment, recovery supports and other services that will supplement services covered by Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) within the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) is the agency responsible for establishing Colorado's behavioral plan and submitting an annual combined Block Grant report. 

Part of the Block Grant report involves the Annual Synar Report. The Annual Synar Report (ASR) format provides the means for states to comply with the reporting provisions of the Public Health Service Act and the Tobacco Regulation for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. In accordance with the tobacco regulation, states are required to provide detailed information on progress made in enforcing youth tobacco access laws and future plans to ensure compliance with the Synar requirements to reduce youth tobacco access rates.

SAMHSA requires that OBH make the completed report, to be submitted on or before December 31, 2017, public on the Colorado Department of Human Services website to allow interested stakeholders an opportunity to review and provide feedback on the report. The link to provide comments will remain open through December 8, 2017.