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Launch of Behavioral Health Data Management System on Track for Fall 2019

OBH has been working since 2013 in close collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to standardize meaningful outcomes for the behavioral health system by selecting key data elements and to integrate historical substance use and mental health data collection across the state. Known as Colorado COMPASS, the new system will be live Oct. 1, 2019 and will replace the outgoing Colorado Client Assesment Record (CCAR) and Drug and Alcohol Coordinated Data System (DACODS). Learn more about next steps in the roll out, including the research and tools that went into creating Colorado COMPASS.

New report analyzes Colorado's response to the opioid epidemic

This month, the American Medical Association, Manatt Health, and the Colorado Medical Society released an in-depth analysis titled, "Spotlight on Colorado: Best Practices and Next Steps in the Opioid Epidemic." The analysis identified best practices and next steps in the areas of substance use disorder treatment, pain management, and harm reduction. 

Announcing Updated Behavioral Health Rules Regarding Children and Youth

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.

New Behavioral Health Rules Go Into Effect Jan. 1, 2019

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 Seeks to Enhance Crisis Services and Mental Health Institute Capacity

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.