The following legislation was passed in 2019 and provides improvements to Colorado's behavioral health system.
Holly Cappello, Psy.D., Trauma Informed Care Psychologist with the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan shares how the hospital's trauma-informed approach can help ease the healing process.
The Office of Behavioral Health is working to promote National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9.
On May 1, Gov. Jared Polis proclaimed May as Mental Health Month to raise awareness of mental health needs and Colorado's efforts to improve mental health services for all.
The Office of Behavioral Health is gearing up to launch Colorado COMPASS, the state’s new behavioral health treatment data collection system for mental health and substance use reporting, on Oct. 1, 2019. There is a lot to do before then to make sure the system is tested and refined so that our providers can begin benefitting from its starting on day one.
Read testimony delivered by Office of Behavioral Health Director Robert Werthwein in support of House Bill 19-1129, which prohibits conversion therapy for a minor.
The Colorado Department of Human Services supports House Bill 19-1237, Licensing 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.
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.
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.
Approximately 450 health care professionals attended the second Opioid Safety Summit hosted by the Office of Behavioral Health and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) on Jan. 24 in Denver. Check out our blog for the day's highlights.