The following information supports the opioid treatment program (OTP) agency and medical directors in responding to the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Colorado. This interim guidance contains recommendations and resources as we await further guidance from our federal partners.
The Office of Behavioral Health, Criminal Justice Services team is partnering with the University of Colorado to launch the Jail Based Behavioral Health Services (JBBS) Improvement Project. Learn how we will plan to work with jails and their communities to make JBBS services and implementation more efficient, user-friendly and meaningful.
When it comes to solving the state’s opioid crisis, Colorado health care providers and organizations must be willing to embrace change.
Before large-scale federal assistance arrived to combat the opioid crisis, four organizations - Denver Health; Addiction, Research and Treatment Services; Behavioral Health Group- Longmont; and Crossroads Turning Point - stepped up to expand access to life-saving medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for people experiencing opioid use disorder (OUD). MAT involves adminstering FDA-approved medications used specifically to treat OUD, and in combination with behavioral therapy, is considered the gold standard of treatment.
Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera toured the Arapahoe County Jail on Jan. 3 to see the challenges that county jails face and learn what’s being done to improve services for incarcerated individuals.
TO: Regional Accountable Entity Directors and Mental Health Center Executive Directors
FROM: Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing & Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health
RE: Use of the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood™ (DC:0-5)
DATE: September 1, 2019
House Bill 19-1009 created the Opioid Crisis Recovery Funds Advisory Committee (Committee) tasked with advising and collaborating with the Department of Law on the use of any funds received by Colorado as a result of an opioid-addiction-related settlement or damage award for which the use of the funds is not predetermined or committed by other orders.
In December, a collaborative effort involving the Office of Behavioral Health, Mental Health Center of Denver and Denver Community Corrections/Pre-Trial Services will result in the launch of a pilot program that will expand the population currently served by community-based competency restoration.
The Office of Behavioral Health is seeking public comment on Colorado’s Annual Synar Report for Federal Fiscal Years 2019-2020 as a part of the rules listed in the Tobacco Regulation for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant.