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The CDHS Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is responsible for regulating the provision of behavioral health services by developing and monitoring reasonable and proper standards, rules and regulations.
April Rule Adoption Hearing at State Board of Human Services for the Involuntary Transportation for Immediate Screening Rules
On March 2, the Office of Behavioral Health presented the Involuntary Transportation for Immediate Screening proposed rules for second reading at the State Board of Human Services. The proposed rules are designed to provide a procedure for how designated facilities are to implement this new hold, created by Senate Bill 17-207.
The State Board of Human Services postponed the adoption hearing for these rules until April 6 to allow for clarifying and procedural updates to the proposed rules.
The rule-making packet that will be presented at the State Board of Human Service Meeting on April 6 can be found here.
Medication Consistency Rules Scheduled for First Reading at State Board of Human Services in May
To ensure individuals, with behavioral or mental health disorders, transitioning between settings and service providers have access to a broad spectrum of effective medications. Senate Bill 17-019 requires:
In compliance with Senate Bill 17-019, the Office of Behavioral Health has created a rule draft requiring the use of the medication formulary in facilities designated by the Office of Behavioral to provide mental health services. The updated rule-making packet incorporating stakeholder feedback can be found here. Also, the Medication Formulary can be located here. The rule will be the State Board meeting on May 4, 2018.
Second Reading at State Board of Human Services of the Involuntary Transportation for Immediate Screening Proposed Rules
The Office of Behavioral Health will be presenting the Involuntary Transportation for Immediate Screening proposed rules for second reading (adoption) at the State Board of Human Services meeting on March 2, 2018, at 10 a.m. at 1575 Sherman St. in Denver. The rule-making packet being presented can be found here.
Signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper on May 18, 2017, SB17-207 introduced new language intended to divert individuals with behavioral health disorders from entering the criminal justice system. This legislation included changes to Section 27-65-105, C.R.S., one of those changes created a new involuntary transportation of immediate screening hold. This new Involuntary Transportation Hold:
The Office of Behavioral Health, in collaboration with the Mental Health Advisory Board for Service Standards and Regulations, created a rules draft for how a 27-65 Designated Facility provides services when an individual arrives at their facility on the new involuntary transportation for immediate screening hold.
The new rules will only affect designated facilities, but the rules will provide the outline for best-practice guidelines. The Office of Behavioral Health will create and distribute these best-practice guidelines, to inform individuals with lived experience, other facilities, and intervening professionals on how the new hold procedure should be implemented.