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The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) Community Prevention Programs provide services to your Colorado community to help prevent primary substance abuse throughout the state. Community Prevention Programs rely on organizations to use evidence-based approaches and methods to reduce the current rates of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
The Strategic Prevention Framework model is used for prevention delivery and is designed to evaluate population needs, resources and gaps, mobilize and build capacity, develop a strategic plan, implement evidence-based prevention programs, and to evaluate and improve approaches. The Community Prevention Programs promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles to support positive choices for citizens of Colorado.
The Colorado Department of Human Sevices (CDHS) OBH published a Request for Applications for Law Enforcement Assistance Funds (LEAF) prevention programs related to impaired driving. The funds are designated for fiscal year 2014-2015 which began on July 1, 2014.
Colorado is one of only four states to be awarded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Partnership for Success: State and Community Prevention Performance grant. This program is designed to help reduce statewide substance abuse rates by addressing gaps in current prevention services and increasing the ability to reach out to specific populations or geographic areas with serious, emerging substance abuse problems. The other three states are Connecticut, Illinois and Tennessee.
The CPPS project employs a public health model to demonstrate positive statewide change to prevent the onset and reduce the progression of underage and binge drinking among Hispanic/Latino high school youth. OBH will be working with four counties (Adams, Denver, Pueblo and Weld) over the next five years.
LEAF uses state funds financed from DUI offenses for community substance abuse prevention programs and projects. Monies allocated to OBH are used to establish a statewide program for the prevention of driving after drinking, training of teachers, health professionals and law enforcement in the dangers of driving after drinking, preparing and disseminating educational materials dealing with the effects of alcohol and other drugs on driving behavior, and preparing disseminating education curriculum materials for use at all levels of school.
For questions regarding LEAF, contact:
Associate Director, Quality Assurance & Standards
Pursuant to legislation passed in 1998, penalties were increased for high BAC and repeat DUI offenders. Referred to as the Persistent Drunk Driver Act of 1998, this legislation defined the PDD and created the PDD Cash Fund, which is funded by a surcharge imposed on convicted DWAI/DUI offenders. Monies in the PDD fund are subject to annual appropriation by the general assembly with the scope of their use stipulated by statute. Overall, the primary purpose of the fund is to support programs that are intended to deter persistent drunk driving or intended to education the public, with particular emphasis on the education of young drivers, regarding the dangers of persistent drunk driving. In recent years the scope of the fund was expanded to include assisting indigent DUI offenders with the cost for required treatment or intervention services.
For questions regarding PDD please contact:
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The OBH Community Prevention Programs administers a portion of the Federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant from SAMHSA to implement substance use disorder prevention programs, practices and approaches within the state.
The OBH prevention priority funding is focused on expansion, development, and maintenance of the state prevention system. Each of these priority initiatives provides greater public awareness of ATOD issues, adapts to changing need, as well as ensures new research in the ATOD prevention field. These priority initiatives are charged to respond to changing political and social environments by participating in cross-agency and cross-discipline collaboration to maximize effective use of resources and to meet current and emerging substance abuse prevention needs in Colorado.
Community Prevention Programs has determined eight priorities aligned with the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Colorado State Prevention System:
OBH prevention funded Statewide Priority Initiative providers for these areas are:
Parenting Education Prevention Services
Program Name: Colorado Parenting Matters | Colorado Family Education, Resources & Training (CFERT)
Program Agency: Colorado State University, Institute for Applied Prevention
Program Description: Delivery of Parenting Education Prevention Services to meet the goal of assisting agencies/communities in providing researched/evidenced based parent education programs.
Colorado Parenting Matters | CFERT’s Service Model provides statewide training and technical assistance in program development, implementation and evaluation of parent education. Information dissemination completes the full scope of the services.
Program Director/Manager: Christine Cerbana
Preconceptive and Prenatal Substance Abuse Prevention Services
Program Name: Colorado Fetal Alcohol and Other Prenatal Substance Abuse Prevention
Program Agency: Colorado Area Health Education Center System
Program Description: A program that provides (1) training in the identification, counseling, and referral of high-risk women and alcohol-affected children, (2) information and support to caregivers of alcohol-affected children; and (3) promotes statewide the prevention of prenatal substance exposure.
Program Director/Manager: Pamela Gillen
Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse Prevention Promotion Services
Program Name: Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
Program Agency: Peer Assistance Services
Program Description: The Prescription Drug Abuse/Misuse Prevention program serves as a resource for the state with its website: ww.RxDrugsNotYoursNotSafe.org where presentations and other downloads will be available for dissemination into communities by invested stakeholders. The Rx Program utilizes community-based and environmental strategies to create state-wide investment by community stakeholders in an effort to create opportunities for medication disposal programs, in addition to creating a culture of patient responsibility with regard to prescription medications.
Program Director/Manager: Laurie Lovedale
Drug-Free Work Place Prevention Services
Program Name: Workplace Prevention Services (WPS)
Program Agency: Peer Assistance Services
Program Description: The WPS program assists companies in the development and implementation of comprehensive Drug Free Work Place programs, which universally impact employees within each business. Selective small businesses will also receive the full-spectrum of Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services, and have the option to receive evidence-based trainings for supervisors and employees as part of their Drug Free Work Place program implementation.
Program Director/Manager: Maureen Carney
Professional Development Resource Center
Program Name: The Health and Learning Resource Center
Program Agency: RMC Health
Program Description: The Resource Center serves as a resource to increase statewide capacity for the prevention and treatment of substance use and abuse; mental health promotion, by aiding in the identification and dissemination of reliable consumer and professional health information, research findings, and best practices. Which includes the management of a physical and virtual library, which offers a large collection of books and videos available for loan, without cost to Colorado residents.
Program Director/Manager: Dan Lawrence
Community-Based Process Technical Assistance & Training Services
Program Name: Regional Prevention Services (RPS) Project
Program Agency: OMNI Institute
Program Description: The RPS Project is dedicated to building the capacity of Colorado communities and organizations in planning, implementing, and evaluating effective prevention programs, policies, and practices through a regionally based statewide system.
Program Director/Manager: Ailala Kay
Program Name: Prevention Evaluation Partners (PEP)
Program Agency: OMNI Institute
Program Description: PEP provides community-based organizations and coalitions with evaluation services and technical assistance that support capacity-building in areas such as evaluation design, instrumentation, data collection and management, analysis, and use of findings.
Program Director/Manager: Laura Landry
Other Prevention Programs include:
The Pre-Admission Screen and Resident Review (PASRR) process is designed to ensure that people living in nursing facilities (NF) who are also affected by mental illness and/or developmental disability receive federally required evaluations.
Referred to as Level II evaluations, these are required to determine the individual's service needs, to ensure that NF care is warranted, and if such care is appropriate, to identify any special service needs for the individual.
These Level II screens are required by federal law to be performed prior to admission (Preadmission Screen) and promptly following any significant changes in a resident's status (Resident Review).
If you have questions or need assistance with the PASRR process, please contact:
Visit the Mental Health Emergency Hold/Involuntary Commitment page for information on this program.
SBIRT is a prevention service focused on alcohol and other drug use. Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) targets individuals who drink or use drugs at levels that put them at risk for injury, disease, death and social consequences in order to intervene early to prevent more serious problems. Screening consists of asking all patients about alcohol and drugs using validated screening questions. A brief intervention is a short conversation using motivational interviewing with the person at moderate risk to provide feedback and motivate a change in alcohol or drug use. Referral to treatment targets individuals who have a more serious alcohol or drug problem to provide encouragement and assistance with accessing a more intensive level of care and services. While SBIRT can be provided in many types of healthcare settings, the strongest evidence for its effectiveness is in primary healthcare settings.
Colorado received two consecutive, five-year grants from SAMHSA to implement SBIRT in our state. The second five-year grant will end in September 2016. These grants were awarded to the Colorado Office of the Governor in conjunction with OBH. OBH contracted with Peer Assistance Services, Inc. to manage implementation of the grant throughout the state.
To learn more about the SBIRT CO program, data collection, training services and resources visit www.improvinghealthcolorado.org.
For more information on SBIRT contact: