Colorado COMPASS

Update Regarding Colorado COMPASS Go-Live Date

The Office of Behavioral Health has revised the Go-Live Date for Colorado COMPASS, the states' new behavioral health treatment data collection system. In response to feedback, and in order to ensure that the launch of this new tool is successful, OBH has worked with contractors to move the Go-Live Date to April 1, 2020. This new timeline will allow providers additional time for training and to become familiar with the COMPASS rules. Thank you for your continued support and engagement.


In 2013, the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) began the Colorado COMPASS project (formerly known as Data Integration Initiative or DII), with the award of the General Fund and Block Grant dollars to consolidate the State’s mental health and substance use disorder treatment data systems.

Before present date, the Office has met federal and state reporting requirements by collecting treatment information in two data systems: Colorado Client Assessment Record system (CCAR) and Drug and Alcohol Coordinated Data System (DACODS). Technologically, these systems are over 10 years old and are limited in flexibility. Content-wise, these two systems have duplicate and outdated items which inhibit efficient work-flow. Furthermore, evaluation practices have shifted to performance-based outcomes, and the items in the current systems limit performance-based analyses.

Progressing through the DII investigation, research, development and implementation process, the Office is working towards a new and improved single behavioral health treatment data collection system - Colorado COMPASS - for mental health and substance use reporting. Colorado COMPASS will replace the outgoing CCAR and DACODS systems.  

Colorado COMPASS's overarching goal is to make data collection simple, update measures collected, and still meet state and federal reporting needs.