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U nderstanding how behavioral health can affect an individual’s overall health, the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health created 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, 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 and research.

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 deaths.

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With funding and support from OBH, was developed by SBIRT Colorado, AspenPointe, Colorado Providers Association, HealthTeamWorks, MINES & Associates, OMNI Institute and Peer Assistance Services, Inc.

Substance 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 that outcome.
SBIRT Colorado 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.
AspenPointe 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.
Colorado Providers Association 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.
HealthTeamWorks (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.
OMNI Institute 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 program.