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
Notice of Public Comment Process
Summary of Public Comments for the Section 1115 SUD Demonstration Waiver

October 2019 Update

Section 1115 Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Waiver Application
The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing has submitted its Section 1115 waiver application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS will review the waiver application for completeness and then post it for 30 days to receive public comments.

SUD Capacity Planning 
The Department is mapping SUD treatment capacity across the state according to American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) levels, as well as demand for services. The SUD Capacity Building Workgroup continues to examine the network of SUD treatment providers and analyze capacity for SUD services across Colorado. The workgroup will next convene in November.

Regional Capacity Meetings
The Department will host a series of Regional Capacity Meetings from December 2019 through February 2020. These meetings will focus on the state’s SUD treatment capacity, demand for services, as well as strategies to identify and address needs or gaps in service. The Department invites stakeholders, partner agencies, treatment providers, local government officials and members of the public to participate, ask questions and provide input. Participants are encouraged to register for meetings in advance via the RSVP link provided below. RSVPs will be received until two weeks before the date of each meeting.

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.

Regional Capacity Meeting Schedule

December 3, 2019
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Smoky Hill Public Library
5430 South Biscay Circle
Centennial, CO 80015

RSVP Aurora/Centennial

Steamboat Springs
December 5, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Commissioners' Hearing Room
522 Lincoln Avenue, 3rd Floor
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

RSVP Steamboat Springs

January 7, 2020
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Fairplay Town Hall
901 Main Street
Fairplay, CO 80440

RSVP Fairplay

January 9, 2020
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Golden Hotel
800 11th Street
Golden, CO 80401

RSVP Golden

January 17, 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
TBD Meeting Room
303 East 17th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203
RSVP Denver

January 22, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group
8745 County Road 9 S
Alamosa, CO 81101
RSVP Alamosa

January 23, 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Health Colorado Incorporated
1740 Eagleridge Boulevard, Suite 110
Pueblo, CO 81008
Pueblo RSVP

Colorado Springs
February 5, 2020
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Pikes Peak Library District - East Library
5550 North Union Boulevard
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Colorado Springs RSVP 

February 7, 2020
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
DoubleTree Hotel Durango
501 Camino Del Rio
Durango, CO 81301
Durango RSVP

Fort Morgan
February 11, 2020
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Centennial Mental Health Center
821 East Railroad Avenue
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Fort Morgan RSVP 

Fort Collins
February 13, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hilton Fort Collins
425 West Prospect Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Fort Collins RSVP

February 20, 2020
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Lincoln Community Hospital
111 6th  Street
Hugo, CO 80821

Stay Informed        
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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.