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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 Content-wise, these two systems have duplicate and outdated items which inhibit efficient work-flow.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.
Review of Colorado Data Integration Initiative Default Core Data Set and Substance Use Disorder Additional Core Data Set for Conformance with SAMHSA Federal Reporting of the Combined Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Episode Data Set and Mental Health Client Level Data Set Reporting Requirements. September 22, 2017
Colorado COMPASS rules are designed to aid providers as they collect and input data into the new system. The rules are intended to augment existing guidance posted in the Technical Resources section of this web page. The following rules have been vetted through experts in OBH, include input from the COMPASS Rules Manual Task Force, and have been revised taking into account public feedback.
Download the entire Colorado COMPASS Rules Manual or view individual chapters and appendices below.
NOTE: If discrepancies exist between the following rules and the posted H4T technical documentation/rules, OBH rules take precedence.
To download an Excel version of the FAQ list, click on the following link:
Colorado COMPASS Town Hall Presentation (October 9, 2018)
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Data System Content
Technical Assistance and Support
For general information and/or support questions about Colorado COMPASS, please email:
Troy Evatt, Senior Data Manager
Office of Behavioral Health
Elizabeth Owens, Director of Communications
Office of Behavioral Health
firstname.lastname@example.org | 303.866.7505
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