Since 2013, a group of staff at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan has brought joy to clients’ lives through hosting open mic shows where clients and staff can wow with their talents and creativity.
The Office of Behavioral Health is assisting community partners in planning and promoting events for International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held annually on Aug. 31. The day aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths.
The Office of Behavioral Health’s Evaluation Team presented their Drug Trends analysis report to the Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force on Aug. 2, 2019. This report summarized findings from a 10-year trend analysis based on substance use treatment data from OBH-licensed facilities. The analysis focused on the six main substances that comprise 98% of all substance use treatment records: Alcohol, Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Heroin, and Prescription Opioids. Highlights of this presentation are outlined below:
OBH is highlighting the new Administrative Services Organizations (ASO) that took over management of the state’s comprehensive behavioral health crisis system as of July 1. Each ASO is tasked with creating a sustainable network of providers to deliver crisis services to Coloradans within their respective crisis regions, all of which align with the state’s Medicaid regions. This month, we are focusing on Beacon Health Options and Health Colorado, the ASOs collectively responsible for covering the northeastern, south central, and southeastern portions of the state.
Aubrey Boggs has been named the new Ombudsman for Behavioral Health Access to Care. Learn about Ms. Boggs, including her background as a mental health advocate and peer with lived experience.
As of July 1, a new set of agencies manages the state’s comprehensive behavioral health crisis system across seven regions, aligning directly with the state’s Medicaid regions. Each crisis region has an Administrative Services Organization (ASO) tasked with creating a sustainable network of providers to deliver crisis services to Coloradans.
OBH is highlighting SummitStone Health Partners this month as an example of a provider that is using research and data to drive change and increase the effectiveness of services. SummitStone, the community mental health center for Larimer County, has several exciting initiatives that are making a difference in people’s lives at home, at school and in the community.
Starting July 1, a new set of agencies will manage the state’s comprehensive behavioral health crisis system and ensure statewide coverage. The annual budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 among the regions is $29.35 million, which is an increase of $1.5 million from the previous fiscal year.
Recovery Residence Certification Program (HB 19-1009)
The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) has created a rule draft implementing the Recovery Residence Certification Program as required by House Bill 19-1009. The draft rules establish the requirements that a recovery residence certifying body must be approved by OBH in order to certify recovery residences in Colorado.