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The Community Behavioral Health division of the Office of Behavioral Health oversees and purchases substance use and mental health prevention, treatment and recovery services across the state of Colorado. Community Behavioral Health supports and ensures quality and effective behavioral health programming in community settings and in partnership with consumers, families and community stakeholders.
Community programs staff are responsible for a wide array of programs, services and mission-critical functions including, but not limited to:
Please visit the Find Help page for a directory of services available in your area.
If you need mental health services immediately, call 844.493.TALK (8255) or visit Colorado Crisis Services.
Expand the sections below to learn more about our community programs.
Alcohol & Drug Emergency Commitment/Alcohol & Drug Involuntary Commitment
In Colorado, an individual may be committed to Alcohol/Drug treatment if a judge orders it through the Involuntary Commitment process. This is considered a civil commitment and goes through the civil courts. If granted, a civil commitment is an order from the judge for the person to complete the treatment that is determine by the Office of Behavioral Health. Visit here to learn more about Alcohol & Drug Civil Commitments.
Practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances. Practice guidelines assist patients and practitioners in making decisions about health care. Learn more about behavioral practice guidelines below.
Adolescent Practice Guidelines
The Children and Youth Mental Health Treatment Act (CYMHTA) (CRS 27-67-101, et seq.) allows for families to access mental health treatment services for their child or youth. CYMHTA is an alternative to child welfare involvement when a dependency and neglect action isn’t warranted. CYMHTA funding can be available when there is no other appropriate funding source for treatment, such as private insurance. To be eligible, a child or youth must have a mental health diagnosis, must be at risk of out of home placement, isn’t eligible for Medicaid, access the program prior to their 18th birthday, and doesn’t have a pending or current dependency and neglect action with child welfare. Local and state-level appeal processes are available if services are denied, and for local interagency disputes. CYMHTA also provides a an objective third-party clinical review after all first-level Medicaid appeals processes for the residential denial are exhausted. Click to learn more about CYMHTA.
What is COACT? Colorado’s Trauma Informed System of Care, or COACT Colorado, is supported by a cooperative agreement between the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), administered by the Office of Behavioral Health in partnership with the Office of Children, Youth, and Families, and other local partners. The system of care in Colorado builds on existing infrastructure such as the Collaborative Management Program (HB 04-1451). All child and youth serving agencies are involved, including the public mental health system, child welfare, juvenile justice, and education. Visit the COACT program page to learn more.
For confidential support for a mental health, substance use, or emotional crisis affecting you or someone you know, call 844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255. Call or text anytime, 24/7/365, and you’ll speak with a trained professional who will provide immediate help and connect you to further resources. You can also visit www.ColoradoCrisisServices.org to find the walk-in location nearest you.
The Office of Behavioral Health seeks to improve culturally competent behavioral health care; develop stronger links between clients and services, more accurately and effectively meet client needs and improve client outcomes through provider support, to include development of resources, trainings and technical assistance. Learn more about Culturally Informed and Inclusive Behavioral Health Program Services.
In accordance with 2 CCR 502-1 Behavioral Health Rules, the Office of Behavioral Health develops and enforces rules for licensed Level I and Level II DUI education and treatment programs. “Level I and Level II Education, Therapy, or Treatment” means an approved alcohol and drug driving safety education or treatment programs Visit the DUI Services page to learn more.
The Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is committed to supporting the best quality of care for the citizens of Colorado and invested in developing and deploying the expertise within OBH to support service providers. Through resource development, technical assistance, training, enhanced communication strategies, and contract monitoring, OBH seeks to build provider capacity in offering evidence based and promising practices to ensure the highest quality of care and the best possible outcomes for individuals and families in need. Visit the Evidence Based and Promising Practices Programs page to learn more.
IPS Supported employment is a program that helps people with mental illness find and keep jobs, while at the same time providing employers with access to motivated employees. From Europe to Australia and across many states in the United States, mental health centers and local businesses are partnering to provide real, meaningful jobs to people with mental illness. Visit the Individual Placement and Support page to learn more.
The Criminal Justice Services Team within in the Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Community Behavioral Health is tasked with providing program oversight, technical assistance, and programmatic monitoring of services for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Visit the Justice Services page to learn more.
The Office of Behavioral Health provides oversight of and purchases opioid treatment services, including traditional substance use disorder treatment and opioid treatment programs (OTPs). The Office provides some oversight for office-based opioid treatment (OBOT), and training support for primary care providers who prescribe or would like to prescribe buprenorphine. Visit the Office of Behavioral Health's page on our role, opioid resources, including treatment.
Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) | State Mental Health Authority (SMHA)
The Office of Behavioral Health acts at the State Mental Health Authority (SMHA) for the federally required Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) program for clients entering Medicaid Certified Nursing Facilities within Colorado, which is managed by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance. The SMHA is responsible for making the Mental Illness (MI) Specialized Services (SS) and Nursing Facility (NF) determinations, based upon an evaluation conducted by an independent entity. Visit the PASRR|SMHA page to learn more.
Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)
The Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program is a federal formula grant to assist homeless persons with serious mental illness. The grant was authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Amendments Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-645, Title V, Subtitle B), and is administered by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). PATH is designed to provide funds to each state to support services for persons with serious mental illnesses (SMI), as well as individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders (SUD), who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Visit the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) page to learn more.
Recovery Support Services
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), recovery is a process of change through which individuals with mental and/or substance use disorders improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential. Visit the Recovery Support Services page to learn more about how OBH is working with partners to make Recovery Support Services available in Colorado.
Click to download an example of the Medicaid Request for Payment Form. Providers, please use the Excel form that was created for each facility and emailed to each provider previously for each Medicaid Request for Payment submittal. You may contact Gloria Avitia to get a copy of this Excel form for use.
Director, Adult Treatment and Recovery
Office of Behavioral Health
3824 W. Princeton Circle
Denver, CO 80236