Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO): News

Opioid Policy Stakeholder Meeting Recording - August 30

The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) in the Department of Regulatory Agencies hosted a stakeholder meeting on August 30, 2017 in Denver to discuss potential updates to the Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids (Policy).

The Colorado healthcare licensing boards continue to seek public input to understand the needs of Coloradans and the impact of the current Policy on Colorado communities. Input received at the August meeting will inform the Boards’ decision making as they begin to revise the Policy, which serves the dual purpose of treating the individual patient and improving public health. Attendees, both on-site and via webinar, shared their opinions on how revisions to the Policy will affect consumer outcomes, positively or negatively. Attendees' opinions and recommendations will help shape any final revisions of the Policy.

DPO welcomes anyone's feedback and ideas regarding the Policy. This forum followed three previous Community Meetings held in Pueblo, Greeley and Denver over the past year.

If you would like to provide comments on the Policy, please send them to holli.weaver@state.co.us. All comments will be incorporated into the official record when the Boards adopt any final revisions to the Policy. Staff will identify your comments as information received in anticipation of the development of a revised Policy.

An additional Stakeholder Meeting is planned for late September, but a date and time have not been set. Please watch this website to get the most updated information on this important topic. Questions can be sent to holli.weaver@state.co.us.

Sunset Review for Nursing Home Administrators & Physical Therapy Practice Acts

The Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform is currently conducting sunset reviews of the Nursing Home Administrators Practice Act and the Physical Therapy Practice Act. Analysis is performed to determine if the Act and the program are necessary and should be continued, modified, or cease operations. To provide input on this review, please visit http://www.dora.state.co.us/pls/real/OPR_Review_Comments.Main.

Notice: Education Equivalency Review 

DORA/DPO is no longer accepting/processing Education Equivalency Review packets for any of the Mental Health Professions. As of July 1, 2016, Colorado DORA/DPO has contracted with the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) to do all education equivalency reviews and evaluations for LPC, MFT, PSY and Addiction Counselors. Visit the CCE website at http://www.cce-global.org/.