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.
The following legislation was passed in 2019 and provides improvements to Colorado's behavioral health system.
The Office of Behavioral Health is working to promote National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 9.
On May 1, Gov. Jared Polis proclaimed May as Mental Health Month to raise awareness of mental health needs and Colorado's efforts to improve mental health services for all.
The Office of Behavioral Health is gearing up to launch Colorado COMPASS, the state’s new behavioral health treatment data collection system for mental health and substance use reporting, on Oct. 1, 2019. There is a lot to do before then to make sure the system is tested and refined so that our providers can begin benefitting from its starting on day one.
Read testimony delivered by Office of Behavioral Health Director Robert Werthwein in support of House Bill 19-1129, which prohibits conversion therapy for a minor.
The Colorado Department of Human Services supports House Bill 19-1237, Licensing Behavioral Health Entities, which would streamline behavioral health facility and program standards so that individuals can receive the behavioral health services they need quickly and efficiently from facilities licensed to operate in Colorado.
For the first time, Colorado has a statewide strategic plan for primary prevention of substance use. The strategic plan focuses on advancing prevention by using evidence-based programs and strategies; strengthening the prevention workforce; aligning state agency funders of prevention and addressing inequities in substance abuse and access to prevention services.
Approximately 450 health care professionals attended the second Opioid Safety Summit hosted by the Office of Behavioral Health and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) on Jan. 24 in Denver. Check out our blog for the day's highlights.