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Testimony in Favor of Strengthening and Streamlining Colorado's Behavioral Health System

The Colorado Department of Human Services supports House Bill 19-1237Licensing Behavioral Health Entities, which would streamline behavioral health facility and program standards so that individuals can receive the behavioral health services they need quickly and efficiently from facilities licensed to operate in Colorado. 

Helping Communities Get Ahead — Colorado’s First Strategic Plan for Primary Prevention of Substance Abuse

For the first time, Colorado has a statewide strategic plan for primary prevention of substance use. The strategic plan focuses on advancing prevention by using evidence-based programs and strategies; strengthening the prevention workforce; aligning state agency funders of prevention and addressing inequities in substance abuse and access to prevention services. 

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.