Ensuring a Full Continuum of SUD Benefits

In accordance with House Bill 18-1136, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (Department) will be working to provide the full continuum of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) benefits to Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) members. The Department will be adding the inpatient and residential components, including withdrawal management, to the continuum of outpatient SUD services currently available. The Department’s objective is to make these services available for individuals who meet nationally-recognized evidence-based level of care criteria without shifting care from outpatient settings when they are more appropriate.

Section 1115 Waiver Demonstration Application
Summary of Public Comments for the Section 1115 SUD Demonstration Waiver

November 2019 Update

Regional Meetings: Meet with Department staff to discuss new residential/inpatient Substance Use Disorder (SUD) benefits and capacity needs in your area
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing began its series of Regional Meetings on December 3 in Aurora/Centennial. At these public meetings, the Department is presenting data on SUD treatment capacity. The Department would also like to hear from community members about the needs in that local area. In addition, the regional meetings are an excellent opportunity for the public to provide input or ask questions around the new benefits for residential and inpatient SUD treatment and withdrawal management services. The Department invites all of its stakeholders, partner agencies, treatment providers, local government officials and members of the public to attend. Please freely share this announcement with others who may be interested in the new SUD benefits. Attendees may register for the regional meeting of their choice via the RSVP links provided below.

Option to participate in Regional Meetings by phone
At some meetings, we are able to offer a call-in option for those who cannot attend in person.  The following meetings will be accessible by phone: Denver, Alamosa, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Durango, Fort Morgan and Fort Collins. If you plan to participate by phone, please follow along with the slides and call-in information that will be posted on the Department SUD webpage prior to the meetings.

Section 1115 Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Waiver Application
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 30-day federal public comment period for Colorado’s Section 1115 waiver application will end on December 8, 2019.  After that date, the Department will engage in regular calls with CMS to discuss the application and implementation.

Training Opportunity on ASAM Criteria
Providers seeking Medicaid reimbursement for residential and inpatient SUD treatment and withdrawal management services will be required to align their programs with ASAM criteria. To support treatment providers in increasing their understanding of the ASAM criteria, a one-time initial offering of free ASAM training will be offered jointly by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, Signal Behavioral Health Network, and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. This training is a first step for agencies to ensure that staff are trained on the ASAM criteria. Following this training, providers will be expected to develop sustainable plans for ensuring that all clinical staff have training in ASAM that is appropriate to their role in the organization. Please contact Heather Dolan at hdolan@signalbhn.org if you have any questions regarding the ASAM trainings.

Note: Please be advised that the Department may cancel a meeting due to adverse weather, if anticipated attendance is less than five people, or other factors. Any meeting updates and information will be posted on this webpage.

Schedule of Regional Meetings

December 3, 2019
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Smoky Hill Public Library
5430 South Biscay Circle
Centennial, CO 80015

RSVP Aurora/Centennial

Steamboat Springs - CANCELLED
December 5, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

January 7, 2020
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Fairplay Town Hall
901 Main Street
Fairplay, CO 80440

RSVP Fairplay

January 9, 2020
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Golden Hotel
800 11th Street
Golden, CO 80401

RSVP Golden

January 17, 2020
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Conference Room 11AB
303 East 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
Call-in: 877-820-7831, Participant Code 946029#
RSVP Denver

January 22, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group
8745 County Road 9 S
Alamosa, CO 81101
Call-in: 877-820-7831, Participant Code 946029#
RSVP Alamosa

January 23, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Health Colorado Incorporated
1740 Eagleridge Boulevard, Suite 110
Pueblo, CO 81008
Call-in: 877-820-7831, Participant Code 946029#
Pueblo RSVP

Colorado Springs
February 5, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Pikes Peak Library District - East Library
5550 North Union Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Call-in: 877-820-7831, Participant Code 946029#
Colorado Springs RSVP 

February 7, 2020
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
DoubleTree Hotel Durango
501 Camino Del Rio
Durango, CO 81301
Call-in: 877-820-7831, Participant Code 946029#
Durango RSVP

Fort Morgan
February 11, 2020
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Centennial Mental Health Center
821 East Railroad Avenue
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Call-in: 877-820-7831, Participant Code 946029#
Fort Morgan RSVP 

Fort Collins
February 13, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hilton Fort Collins
425 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Call-in: 877-820-7831, Participant Code 946029#
Fort Collins RSVP

February 20, 2020
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Lincoln Community Hospital
111 6th  Street
Hugo, CO 80821

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If you have questions regarding the 1115 SUD Waiver, Substance Use Disorder benefits for inpatient/residential treatment, or any other topic relating to the SUD Waiver, please complete our SUD Waiver Question Form.