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Behavioral Health and Public Health Collaborate on State Marijuana Prevention Efforts

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) participated in a multi-state meeting in October to discuss the overlap between public health and behavioral health marijuana work. The Multi-State and Public Health Learning Collaborative Meeting, convened annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation and SAMHSA and held in Denver this year, brought together public health and behavioral health officials from Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

New Combined Data System to Include Mental Health and Substance Use

The Office of Behavioral Health has been working with data partners to design and create a shared data management system that integrates substance use and mental health data across the state. The Data Integration Initiative (DII) is expected to be fully operational in July 2018 and will replace the Colorado Client Assessment Record (CCAR) and the Drug and Alcohol Coordinated Data System (DACODS). 

Impaired Driving Prevention Grants Awarded to Three Communities

The Office of Behavioral Health recently awarded Persistent Drunk Driving and Law Enforcement Assistance Fund grants to three community groups, Team Wellness & Prevention (Larimer County Coalition), Celebrating Healthy Communities (La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan counties) and Eagle River Youth Coalition (Eagle County). Each community received $156,500 for the first year and is projected to receive that amount for the next four years as well.