The Office of Behavioral Health worked with stakeholders, providers, community partners and lawmakers in 2018 to improve Colorado's public behavioral health care system. We've compiled a list of some of our 2018 top accomplishments.
The Persistent Drunk Driver Committee recently released findings from its inaugural systemic evaluation of Colorado’s impaired driving interventions with a focus on the impacts of Colorado’s Ignition Interlock Device Program.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Federal Fiscal Year 2019 Synar Report is now available. This annual report details the State of Colorado’s activities to enforce federal legislation (aka The Synar Amendment) prohibiting the sale or distribution of tobacco products to youth.
The Office of Behavioral Health has promulgated rules to address how emergency medical services facilities must report data related to emergency mental health holds. The rules will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019.
The Office of Behavioral Health's (OBH) Data Integration Initiative (DII) aimed at integrating its mental health and substance use data systems is on track for implementation in 2019.