Before large-scale federal assistance arrived to combat the opioid crisis, four organizations - Denver Health; Addiction, Research and Treatment Services; Behavioral Health Group- Longmont; and Crossroads Turning Point - stepped up to expand access to life-saving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for people experiencing opioid use disorder (OUD). MAT involves adminstering FDA-approved medications used specifically to treat OUD, and in combination with behavioral therapy, is considered the gold standard of treatment.
Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera toured the Arapahoe County Jail on Jan. 3 to see the challenges that county jails face and learn what’s being done to improve services for incarcerated individuals.
TO: Regional Accountable Entity Directors and Mental Health Center Executive Directors
FROM: Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing & Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health
RE: Use of the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood™ (DC:0-5)
DATE: September 1, 2019
House Bill 19-1009 created the Opioid Crisis Recovery Funds Advisory Committee (Committee) tasked with advising and collaborating with the Department of Law on the use of any funds received by Colorado as a result of an opioid-addiction-related settlement or damage award for which the use of the funds is not predetermined or committed by other orders.
In December, a collaborative effort involving the Office of Behavioral Health, Mental Health Center of Denver and Denver Community Corrections/Pre-Trial Services will result in the launch of a pilot program that will expand the population currently served by community-based competency restoration.
The Office of Behavioral Health is seeking public comment on Colorado’s Annual Synar Report for Federal Fiscal Years 2019-2020 as a part of the rules listed in the Tobacco Regulation for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant.
House Bill 19-1009 created standards for recovery residences for the purpose of referrals and title protections and prohibits a facility from using the terms “recovery residence”, “sober living facility”, “sober home”, or any like term, unless they meet specific requirements, which includes being certified by a recovery residence certifying body approved by the Office of Behavioral Health.
The Office of Behavioral Health is excited to announce the launch of the Forensic Support Team with the hiring of 15 Forensic Navigators, the Program Director Amanda Myers and Program Coordinator Christina O’Niell. This new team will serve as a centralized structure within OBH for stakeholders to assist forensic clients when competency restoration services have been ordered by the court.
Meet Signal Behavioral Health, the Administrative Services Organization contracted to oversee and manage Colorado Crisis Services in Regions 2, 5, and 6. Learn about Signal and its long history of working with OBH to operationalize the delivery of quality behavioral health services in the regions it serves.