On Dec. 7, 2018, the State Board of Human Services adopted a rule-making packet presented by the Office of Behavioral Health, updating the rules implementing the Child Mental Health Treatment Act. This rules update was a response to House Bill 18-1094, which extended indefinitely, updated, and renamed the Act to the Children and Youth Mental Health Treatment Act.
On Nov. 2, 2018, the State Board of Human Services adopted four rule-making packets presented by the Office of Behavioral Health. They go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019 and cover incorporation by reference citations and DUI provisions; the licensing/designation renewal process, 27-65 data reporting for emergency medical services facilities; and the new community transition specialist program.
Governor Hickenlooper’s Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget request - submitted to the General Assembly’s Joint Budget Committee on Nov. 1 - included approximately $26.5 million to strengthen the state’s behavioral health system. Funding proposals focus on improving the Colorado Crisis System and increasing capacity at the Colorado Mental Health Institutes.
The Federal Fiscal Year 2019 Synar Report is now available. This annual report details the State of Colorado’s activities to enforce federal legislation (aka The Synar Amendment) prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to youth.
The Office of Behavioral Health has promulgated rules to address how emergency medical services facilities must report data related to emergency mental health holds. The rules will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019.
The Office of Behavioral Health's (OBH) Data Integration Initiative (DII) aimed at integrating its mental health and substance use data systems is on track for implementation in 2019.
In September, President Trump signed the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act. The legislation amps up federal efforts to curb the opioid crisis through a series of measures addressing different aspects of the opioid epidemic, including prevention, treatment and recovery.
The Office of Behavioral Health, in collaboration with the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM), Caring for Colorado Foundation and the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, is hosting a free all-day Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Best Practices Training Symposium on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Craig Hall on the University of Denver's campus.
The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health held an RFP Pre-Bidders meeting on September 17, 2018, to provide an opportunity to ask questions on the Colorado Crisis, Walk-In Crisis, Crisis Stabilization, and Crisis Respite Services RFP – 2019000043. A recording of the meeting is available here, and a PDF of the slide deck is here.