Colorado COMPASS


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 Content-wise, these two systems have duplicate and outdated items which inhibit efficient work-flow.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.