Treatment and Training Activities Underway for Grant on Opioid Crisis

One of the Office of Behavioral Health’s top priorities is administering the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant. OBH received $7.8 million for the state of Colorado, funded through the 21st Century Cures Act.  

Several grant activities are in progress, including multiple efforts focused on treatment and overdose prevention.

  • The Office has distributed more than 2,300 naloxone kits to community providers. By April 30, we will purchase a total of 7,000 kits. 
  • We have expanded funding for nine new opioid treatment program sites, increasing access and reducing barriers to treatment. An additional six sites are interested in participating.
  • In addition, Managed Service Organizations have begun to provide transitional supportive re-housing for people who are homeless and ready to start treatment services. The MSOs are also hiring peer recovery coaches to provide outreach.

Our grant efforts are also focused on trainings to better serve individuals with opioid use disorder and their families. 

The Office has two new partners on board through the grant, the Colorado Hospital Association, which will be leading our pilot with two Emergency Departments to begin buprenorphine inductions, and Amelie Company, which has already started to create a statewide anti-stigma campaign. 

We are also working to train more than 300 primary care and behavioral health providers to treat individuals with buprenorphine and additionally coordinating with the local jails to get people from jail into treatment. 

Finally, we are working with the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to provide coordinated and comprehensive technical assistance for prevention using toolkits to local and regional coalitions in Colorado.