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2019 Colorado Drug Trends Report Released

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: 

Meet the Administrative Services Organizations for Crisis Regions 2, 4 and 7

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. 

Filling the Gaps for Children and Families in Larimer County

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.

OPEN for Comment: Two Proposed Behavioral Health Rules

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.