nderstanding how behavioral health can affect an individual’s overall health, the
Colorado Office of Behavioral Health created LinkingCare.org to encourage whole
person care by quickly connecting healthcare providers and individuals to behavioral
health services. Developed initially to supply an accessible statewide referral
source requested by healthcare providers when implementing SBIRT, LinkingCare.org
now includes evidence-based substance use screening tools, information on the effects
of substance use on health, and resources and links on substance use issues, news
The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health
was established by state law in 1971 to promote healthy, drug-free lifestyles; reduce
alcohol and other drug abuse; and reduce substance use-associated illnesses and
With funding and support from OBH, LinkingCare.org was developed by
Colorado Providers Association,
HealthTeamWorks, MINES & Associates,
OMNI Institute and
Peer Assistance Services, Inc.
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
has a clear vision for its
work—a life in the community for everyone. SAMHSA has focused its mission on building
resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance
use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources—programs, policies and grants—toward
In 2006, SAMHSA awarded a grant to the State of Colorado
Office of the Governor to integrate Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to
Treatment (SBIRT) into healthcare settings throughout Colorado. During the five-year
grant, SBIRT was implemented in 22 settings at 12 different sites, with more than
125,000 individuals screened. Six-month follow-up interviews with patients indicated
a 49.3 percent reduction in the number of days of alcohol use and a 47.5 percent
reduction in days of illegal drug use—results consistent with national data.
SBIRT Colorado gained recognition as a national leader in creating awareness about
risky substance use’s affect on health and the effectiveness of SBIRT services.
In September 2011, Colorado received additional grant funding from SAMHSA to broaden
the implementation of SBIRT in primary care and community-based settings across
the state and establish SBIRT as a standard of care in Colorado. SBIRT Colorado
is administered by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral
Health, and managed and implemented by Peer Assistance Services, Inc.
is comprised of 12 organizations, caring
for more than 30,000 individuals and families each year with behavioral health services,
counseling services, career and employment services, substance use treatment programs,
education, housing, jail diversion/reintegration, wellness and care management.
is a professional trade association and statewide
coalition of substance use prevention, intervention and treatment service provider
executives established in 1994. COPA’s mission is to cultivate leadership, mobilize
resources and promote the effective use, integration and coordination of substance
use prevention, intervention and treatment services.
(HTW) is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder collaborative working to redesign healthcare
delivery and promote integrated communities of care using evidence-based medicine
and innovative systems. With the belief that less-than-optimal care rarely arises
from lack of medical knowledge, but from the absence of reliable, efficient processes
and systems that could make the use of consistent guidelines and protocols easier,
HTW focuses on continuous quality improvement using a systems approach.
MINES & Associates
is a nationally-recognized business psychology firm providing a variety of services
to corporate employers, government entities and Taft-Hartley trusts including: employee
assistance programs, managed behavioral healthcare, organizational development and
psychology services, wellness programs, behavioral risk management, disease management,
PPO services and other technology-based services.
is a social science research firm based in Denver. Since 1976, OMNI has specialized
in a variety of research areas including juvenile and criminal justice, substance
abuse prevention and treatment, youth development and community health.
Peer Assistance Services, Inc.
(PAS) is a non-profit agency founded in 1984
dedicated to providing quality, accessible prevention and intervention services
for adults in workplaces and communities, focusing on substance use and related
issues. Giving hope, strength and direction to change lives affected by substance
use, PAS programs include peer health assistance programs; case management programs
for offenders; workplace prevention services; and a prescription drug abuse prevention