Colorado State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) under the Colorado Department of Human Services received $7,869,651 per year for two years from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant. The funding began in April 2017.

One of the first activities of the Colorado State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant program was to conduct a needs assessment.  The assessment identifies areas where opioid misuse and its harms are most prevalent, existing activities and funding sources that address the opioid crisis, and gaps in the existing system to be addressed. The assessment provides OBH and community  partners and providers with data and guidance in priority-setting and validation of the strategies addressed in the State Targeted Response.  View the needs assessment here.

As the administrator of the grant, OBH will led the initial roll-out of activities, including convening advisory planning meetings, preparing requests for proposal, and creating public materials. Below is a list of activities that are being funded through this grant:

  • Buprenorphine trainings for physicians and advanced practice providers in primary care and community behavioral health practices
  • Expanded access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for uninsured and underinsured clients
  • Purchase and distribution of naloxone kits, including educational materials 
  • A hospital Emergency Department Pilot Study for Buprenorphine Induction
  • Enhanced crisis line services to better serve individuals seeking OUD services
  • Support for implementation of CRAFT and Celebrating Families family therapy
  • Enhanced residential treatment for high need or homeless clients 
  • Day-of-release resources for individuals with OUD leaving incarceration
  • Multiple targeted communications campaigns on stigma reduction (see more at, naloxone use, crisis services, and trainings for professionals
  • A mobile app for finding treatment resources and provides crisis support
  • Support for strategic planning and identified needs of Colorado tribes 

The funding from this federal grant is being administered by the Office of Behavioral Health for activities completed by community partners including contracted and licensed local substance use treatment providers and medical providers. Download program fact sheet here.

For more information, please contact or call 303-866-7400.