CDHS publications and reports

Administrative Review publications and reports

Visit the Administrative Review Division page for ARD publications and reports.

Aging and Adult Services publications and reports
  • The Colorado State Plan on Aging for Federal Fiscal Years 2015-19 reflects Colorado's plan for responding to the needs of Colorado's older population and to the changes in the service delivery systems needed to address these needs.
  • The Community Assessment Survey for Older Adults (CASOA™) was developed to provide a statistically valid survey of the strengths and needs of older adults as reported by older adults themselves in communities across America. This report is intended to enable local governments, community-based organizations, the private sector and other community members to understand more accurately, and predict more carefully, the services and resources required to serve an aging population.
Behavioral health publications and reports
Behavioral Health Facility Licensing Task Force

Behavioral Health Facility Licensing Task Force Findings and Recommendations, Dec. 1, 2018

Bridges Project Final Grant Reports — Prepared by Omni

The Youth and Family Bridges Project through the Office of Behavioral Health served 551 Colorado adolescents and transition-age youth with substance use disorders, including those with co-occurring mental health disorders, from September 2013 to August 2017.

  • Bridges Project Policy Assessment-In addition to providing direct service, the Bridges Project focused on policy development to create and/or improve policies around financing, workforce, or other areas in the youth substance use disorder/co-occurring mental health treatment landscape. OMNI Institute conducted several key informant interviews with stakeholders including state agencies, a mental health provider, an advocacy organization, recovery support service organization, and a parent representative. This qualitative policy assessment presents the findings from the key informant interviews and how Colorado can change the policy landscape and create future opportunities for youth and young adult with substance use/co-occurring mental health disorders.
  • Bridges Project Grant-End Report-Bridges used the evidence-based practice known as the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach. A total of 335 (61 percent) youth completed both an intake and follow-up survey by the end of the grant for outcome analyses. The proportion of clients abstinent from all substance use increased significantly from intake to follow-up. The Grant-End Report presents all outcomes from intake to follow-up.
Circle Program — WICHE Report

Circle Program: Effectiveness and Operational Scenarios September 2016

Colorado Behavioral Health Care System Needs Analysis - WICHE Report

Needs Analysis - Current Status, Strategic Positioning, and Future Planning April 2015

The intent of the study was to identify and assess existing state and community resources and to recommend strategic future planning, taking into account the many constituent variables associated with the changing behavioral health care system. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Mental Health Program (WICHE), in partnership with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute (NRI) and Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), formed a team of Colorado and national behavioral health experts to complete this study for OBH. The Colorado OBH Needs Analysis: Current Status, Strategic Positioning, and Future Planning study began in August 2014 and concluded with the final report submission in April 2015. During this time, the project team worked on the 17 specific tasks that were part of the study. This report contains the findings from these tasks ordered by subject-matter relatedness as illustrated in the table below.

Reports Concerning Strengthening Colorado's Behavioral Health Crisis System (Senate Bill 17-207)
In 2017, the Colorado General Assembly enacted Senate Bill (SB) 17-207. This bill allowed for the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to further expand the Colorado Crisis System (CCS), a coordinated behavioral health crisis response system. In addition, SB 17-207 required that CDHS perform an assessment of the needs and capacity of the Colorado Crisis Services system. Another component of SB 17-207 is to implement and evaluate secure transportation pilot programs for individuals in behavioral health crisis in rural parts of the state. The following reports are connected to SB 17-207.

Transportation Pilot Program Evaluation: A Summary of Findings FY 2019 July 19, 2019

The Transportation Pilot Program (TPP) was initiated in February 2018 at the Center for Mental Health in Montrose, Colorado. The second site, San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group received funding in April 2018. The purpose of the TPP is to provide comprehensive and secure transportation for individuals placed on a 72-hour treatment and evaluation hold across the region. Individuals who met specifications pursuant to C.R.S. 27-65-105 (1)(a)(1.5), and individuals on a voluntary mental-health-hold status, who necessitate a higher level of care pursuant to Article 65 of Title 27 also qualify to receive secure transport. This report contains the findings of an evaluation of the TPP, and looks at the program's effectiveness and efficiency, as well as access to and satisfaction with the program.

Expansion of the Colorado Crisis System Report (C.R.S. 27-60-103 (6) (c))May 1, 2018

Report provides a brief overview on the status of Colorado Crisis Services expansions. Senate Bill 17-207, which was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in May 2017, provided $7.1 million to the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) in the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to expand the crisis system and better equip law enforcement to respond to individuals in mental health crisis. In addition, the Long Bill allocated $2.6 million for Law Enforcement-Assisted Diversion (LEAD) pilots to assist law enforcement with redirecting individuals to community-based services instead of jail.

Expansion of the Colorado Crisis System Report (C.R.S. 27-60-103 (6) (b)) November 1, 2017

Report provides a brief overview on the status of Colorado Crisis Services expansions. Senate Bill 17-207, which was signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper in May 2017, provided $7.1 million to the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) in the Colorado Department of Human Services to expand the crisis system and better equip law enforcement to respond to individuals in mental health crisis. In addition, the Long Bill allocated $2.6 million for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) pilots to assist law enforcement with redirecting individuals to community-based services instead of jail.

Colorado Ignition Interlock Evaluation Report

Colorado Ignition Interlock Evaluation Report, January 2019 — Contains findings from a study evaluating the impacts of Colorado's ignition interlock program on impaired driving.

Competency Restoration Services

The report provide san overview of the Office of Behavioral Health's (OBH) provision of competency restoration services and OBH efforts toward the coordination of competency restoration services with other existing programs pursuant to C.R.S. 27-60-105. The report highlights data regarding the number of individuals ordered to competency restoration services, the average time frame for beginning and ending such services, the types of settings in which competency restoration services are provided, and the outcomes of such services.

Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention and Control Report

Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention and Control Report May 2018

The Office of Behavioral Health produces an annual report summarizing the yearly data and activities for the controlled substance diversion prevention and control program. OBH rule defines diversion as the transfer of any controlled substance from a licit to an illicit channel of distribution or use. This could also be interpreted as taking a medication that is not prescribed. CDHS is required to make recommendations for improving control and prevention of controlled substance diversion and track the number of diversion instances across the state.

Co-Responder Evaluation

Responding to Behavioral Health Needs: An Evaluation of the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health\'s Co-Responder Program June 2020

People with behavioral health conditions may find themselves involved with law enforcement if their symptoms trigger a need for services. Law enforcement officers may arrest a suspect or take them to a hospital, rather than refer them to a community-based behavioral health program, because officers don't have enough training or resources.

The co-responder model pairs law enforcement officers with a behavioral health provider to respond to calls for service.

The Office of Behavioral Health provides funding in 25 counties to implement Co-Responder Programs. In 2020, OBH contracted with the Colorado Health Institute (CHI) to evaluate the first two years of eight of the state\'s Co-Responder Programs.

The Costs and Effectiveness of Substance Use Disorder Programs (Forfeiture Dollars Annual Report)

This report provides a brief overview on the costs and effectiveness of alcohol and drug abuse programs for the individuals who received substance use services, the actual cost of serving these individuals and the outcomes related to substance use treatment services.​​​​​​

Culturally Informed and Inclusive Report
Children and Youth Mental Health Treatment Act
  • CYMHTA FY 2019-20 Annual Report. – Provides a brief overview of the Children and Youth Mental Health Treatment Act (C.R.S. 27-67) and its revenue sources, services offered, program changes and available data.
Drug Trends Report

The Office of Behavioral Health prepares a report annually that analyzes treatment admissions for OBH-licensed facilities. The report focuses on treatment admissions for alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription opioids.​​​​​​

Evaluation of Intensive Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment Provided through Managed Service Organizations

Statewide Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Intensive Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment Provided through Managed Service Organizations Fiscal Year 2019 December 2018

Pursuant to 27-80-107.5(6)(c), C.R.S., this report evaluates whether the Medicaid behavioral health benefit should be expanded to include intensive residential treatment for substance use disorders. The report contains a literature review, key informant interviews, State data analysis, and recommendations.

Gambling Addiction Program Reports

Gambling Addiction Program Strategic Plan March 2020 

This strategic plan addresses problem gambling in Colorado in compliance with Colorado Revised Statutes 44-30-1301(1)(b).

Gambling Addiction Program Report Fiscal Year 2019-20, January 2021

Gambling Addiction Program Report Fiscal Year 2018-19, January 2020

Gambling Addiction Program Report (C.R.S. 12-47.1-1601 (1) (a.5) (II)) Fiscal Year 2017-18 January 2019

Gambling Addiction Program Report (C.R.S. 12-47.1-1601 (1) (a.5) (II)), Fiscal Year 2016 - 17 January 2018

This report provides a brief overview of the Gambling Addiction Program and how it supports individual applicants seeking national certification for gambling addiction counseling and organizations serving uninsured and underinsured clients. Services reimbursed by private insurance or Medicaid are not represented in this report.

Jail Based Behavioral Health Services Reports

Involuntary Mental Health Commitment Reports

Menu of Behavioral Health Screening Tools for Children and Perinatal Individuals (SB 19-195)

Menu of Behavioral Health Screening Tools for Children and Perinatal Individuals Posted July 2020

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) contracted the Colorado Health Institute to create a menu of screening tools for identifying behavioral health issues among children ages 0 to 26 and in perinatal individuals. This work is mandated by Senate Bill 19-195, which requires OBH to "select developmentally appropriate and culturally competent statewide behavioral health standardized screening tools for primary care providers, which may be made available electronically for health care professionals."

Opioid State Policy Analysis Report

Policy Analysis of State Legislation and Response to the Opioid Crisis, Fiscal Year 2018 September 2017

This analysis outlines some of the types of opioid and other substance use disorder legislation that have been proposed and passed in other states, case studies in success, and Colorado's progress.

Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: A Colorado Community Reference

The Office of Behavioral Health and the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention have released Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention: A Colorado Community Reference. The new online guide is intended to provide local communities, groups, and organizations engaging in efforts to prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs with a compilation of resources, practices, and tools to enhance existing work or to develop new strategies and programs to address Colorado's opioid crisis. June 2019

Profile of the State of Colorado's Plan to Enhance Substance Use Disorder Services (SB16-202)

Senate Bill 16-202, passed in June 2016, requires the Managed Service Organizations and the Office of Behavioral Health to complete a set of reports highlighting the community need for substance use services and the action plan for addressing unmet needs.

State Fiscal Year 2020

Senate Bill 16-202 Expenditures Report Final FY 2020

State Fiscal Year 2019

View the Fiscal Year 19 expenditure report:
Senate Bill 16-202 Expenditures Report All MSOs FINAL FY 2019

View each region's annual report on of how the funds in the expenditure report were spent:
Signal Behavioral Health (Sub-State Planning Areas 1, 2 and 4)
AspenPointe (Sub-State Planning Area 3)
West Slope Casa (Sub-State Planning Areas 5 and 6)
Mental Health Partners (Sub-State Planning Area 7)

State Fiscal Years 2016-2018

-A Profile of the State of Colorado's Plan to Enhance Substance Use Disorder Services May2017

View each region's community action plan:
Signal Behavioral Health (Sub-State Planning Areas 1, 2 and 4)
AspenPointe (Sub-State Planning Area 3)
West Slope Casa (Sub-State Planning Areas 5 and 6)
Mental Health Partners (Sub-State Planning Area 7)

View the Fiscal Year 17-18expenditure report:
FY1718 SB202 Supported Substance Use Disorder Programs Year-End Report

View the Needs Assessment summarizing the general needs and gaps related to specific populations, funding priorities, and promising practices for SUD services across the state and within the seven MSO regions.
Bridging the Divide: Addressing Colorado\'s Substance Use Disorder Needs February 2017

Residential Substance Use Treatment for Pregnant and Parenting Women and their Children: A Colorado Implementation Guide

Substance Use Treatment for Pregnant and Parenting Women and their Children Implementation Guide: A Colorado Implementation Guide- This resource is for Colorado providers seeking to implement, expand or enhance the residential substance use treatment services offered for pregnant and parenting women and their children. It covers the ways that typical treatment for substance use disorders should be modified to address the needs of pregnant and parenting women. It also details expected start-up expenses, provides budget considerations and presents a description of funding streams that can be useful to starting a program in Colorado. It further contains sample policies, schedules and program descriptions that can be tailored to specific settings and offers lessons learned from other providers who have embarked on this important and challenging work.​​​​​​

State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Needs Assessment Report

Needs Assessment for the SAMHSA State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant Report. July2017

This needs assessment was prepared on behalf of the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) in the Colorado Department of Human Services (DHS) under the State Targeted Response (STR) to the Opioid Crisis grant program. The assessment identifies areas where opioid misuse and its harms are most prevalent, existing activities and funding sources that address the opioid crisis and gaps in the existing system to be addressed in the strategic plan.

Statewide Strategic Plan for Primary Prevention of Substance Abuse: 2019-2024

Putting Prevention Science to Work: Statewide Strategic Plan for Primary Prevention of Substance Abuse, 2019-2024 December 2018

Full Strategic Plan Two-Page Summary

 

The Office of Behavioral Health retained Colorado Health Institute (CHI) to conduct a statewide needs assessment of substance use primary prevention. The goal of the assessment is to help OBH and other statewide funders better use their resources to strengthen Colorado's substance use prevention programming.

The Office of Behavioral Health undertook a needs assessment and planning process in 2017-18 that has produced this Statewide Strategic Plan for Primary Prevention. OBH retained the Colorado Health Institute to conduct the needs assessment and aid in the strategic planning process. The plan aims to strengthen the prevention system in place in Colorado by coordinating funders and the efforts they support. It outlines distinct, coordinated roles for prevention funders to play to best support and strengthen the system.

Making the Wise Investment Statewide Needs Assessment of Primary Prevention for Substance Abuse February 2018

Full Needs Assessment Report
Statewide Strategic Plan for Substance Use Disorder Recovery: 2020-2025

Colorado's Statewide Strategic Plan for Substance Use Disorder Recovery: 2020-2025 (August 2019)

Full Strategic Plan Two-Page Summary

 

In House Bill 18-1003, the General Assembly tasked the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to assess the state's recovery needs and create a strategic plan to address them. This plan - funded through the Office of Behavioral Health and created in partnership with the state's leaders in behavioral health and with hundreds of people in recovery - fulfills that mandate. It sets forth a vision of a system of care in Colorado that supports people who have struggled with addiction throughout their lives, and that vision will guide us as we focus on next steps to improve recovery resources for Coloradans.​​​​​​

Supported Substance Use Disorder Programs

FY 2017-18 Supported Substance Use Disorder Programs Year-End Report (Completed by Managed Service Organizations per Senate Bill 202) September 2018

In accordance with27-80-107.5(5)(a) C.R.S., designated managed service organizations must submit an annual report to the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, the Joint Budget Committee, the Health and Human Services Committee in the Senate, and the Public Health Care and Human Services Committee of the House of Representatives regarding the amount and purpose of actual expenditures made using money from the marijuana tax cash fund in the previous state fiscal year.

SYNAR Report

42 U.S.C 300x-26 requires each state to submit an annual report of its progress in meeting requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services about the sale/distribution of tobacco products to individuals under age 18 as a provision federal Block Grant funding.

Transition Specialist Program - Behavioral Healthcare Inc. Report

Transition Specialists Program (TSP) FY17 Annual Report

Child Welfare publications and reports

The Division of Child Welfare (DCW) publishes many reports throughout the year as required by statute, as well as to share data the public and our county and community partners.

Colorado Child Maltreatment Fatality Review Annual Reports

On July 1, 2015, in accordance with the statutory responsibility established through 26-1-139, C.R.S., CDHS respectfully submitted the "2014 Child Maltreatment Fatality Report." Through feedback received from stakeholders as the report was used after its release, a number of changes were made to the report to ensure accuracy and clear interpretation of data contained in the report. CDHS recognizes the importance of the Child Maltreatment Fatality Report and regrets the need for changes to the report. We are committed to the accuracy of the data in the report, and felt it was important to note the changes.

 
Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Reports

Visit ColoradoCPO.org to browse Child Protection Ombudsman Reports.

Colorado Guidelines for Selecting Mental Health Therapies

Colorado Statewide Youth Development Plan

The Colorado Statewide Youth Development Plan presents a vision for a strong youth development network and strategies for improving an array of youth-focused policies, practices and programs. As directed by HB 13-1239, the plan must be updated biennially.

Collaborative Management Program

C-Stat Quarterly Reports

Defining Egregious Incidents of Child Maltreatment

In 2012, legislation in Colorado broadened the purview of the Child Fatality Review Team to those incidents caused by child maltreatment that are "near fatal" and "egregious." Unlike fatal and near fatal incidents, which have relatively objective criteria, incidents of egregious abuse or neglect (egregious incidents) involve more subjectivity when differentiating at the high end of child maltreatment severity. The purpose of this document is to provide more detailed guidance for implementation of the egregious definition.

Click here to access the most recent version of "Defining Egregious Incidents of Child Maltreatment".

Domestic Violence Program Publications

The Domestic Violence Program Annual Reports provide comprehensive information on the delivery of services to Colorado citizens who have been victimized by domestic violence. These reports include the type of services victims received, how many clients received services, and the funding that is provided to ensure this service delivery. DVP provides funding for domestic violence crisis centers throughout Colorado.

Early Childhood Plans
Foster Care and Adoption Recruitment and Retention Newsletter

The Office of Children, Youth and Families sends a monthly newsletter to child welfare professionals responsible for recruiting and retaining foster and adoptive parents. The newsletter includes information about training and funding opportunities as well as recruitment resources.

Sign up for the newsletter.

Tony Grampsas Youth Services Annual Report

Download the TGYS Annual Report

Youth Services Community and Partner Resources

Helpful websites

Assessment Services

Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
The Institute's mission is to carry out practical, non-partisan research - at legislative direction - on issues of importance to Washington State.

Clinical Service Resources

The Washington Institute for Mental Illness Research and Training
A Literature Review & Resource Guide for Evidence-Based Best and Promising Mental Health Practices

The National Evaluation And Technical Assistance Center For The Education Of Children And Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, Or At Risk (NDTAC)
Serves as a national resource center to provide direct assistance to States, schools, communities, and parents seeking information on the education of children and youth who are considered neglected, delinquent, or at-risk.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Publications
Established in 1972, NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA):
The mission of CADCA is to: Strengthen the Capacity of Community Coalitions to Create and Maintain Safe, Healthy and Drug-Free Communities.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Colorado Meth Project
Colorado meth project is a large-scale prevention program aimed at significantly reducing first-time meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach.

Center for Sex Offender Management
The Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that supports state and local jurisdictions in the effective management of sex offenders.

Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice
Colorado State Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB)

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
ATSA is an international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse.

The Safer Society Foundation Inc.
Resources for the Prevention & Treatment of Sexual Abuse

Blueprints For Violence Prevention
The Blueprints mission is to identify truly outstanding violence and drug prevention programs that meet a high scientific standard of effectiveness.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The mission of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network is: to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.

Federal, State and Local Government

Official Website for the State of Colorado
https://www.colorado.gov/

Office Of Information Technology Services
https://www.oit.state.co.us/

Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System (CICJIS)
https://www.colorado.gov/cicjis

Colorado Department of Corrections
https://www.doc.state.co.us

Colorado District Attorneys Council (CDAC)
https://www.cdacweb.com/

Colorado State Judicial Branch
https://www.courts.state.co.us/

Colorado Department of Public Safety
https://cdpsweb.state.co.us/

Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
https://cbi.state.co.us/

Colorado Juvenile Parole Board
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs-boards-committees-collaboration/juvenile-parole-board

Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Office of Research and Statistics
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dcj-ors

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
https://www.ojjdp.gov/

Additional Juvenile Justice Resources

Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
www.cjca.net
The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) is a national non-profit organization, formed in 1994 to improve local juvenile correctional services, programs and practices so the youths within the systems succeed when they return to the community and to provide national leadership and leadership development for the individuals responsible for the systems. CJCA represents the youth correctional CEOs in 50 states, Puerto Rico and major metropolitan counties.

Victim and Restorative Community Justice

Restorative Justice Colorado
The Colorado Restorative Justice Council advances restorative justice principles and practices throughout Colorado by providing a gateway to information, networking and support.

County Sheriffs Of Colorado
This is an association of County Sheriffs. This link will provide you with contact information of Sheriffs’ offices throughout Colorado. Each office has staff trained to work with victims of crime.

District And County Courts Of Colorado
This link will provide you with locations and contact information of all District and County Courts within Colorado.

Colorado Bureau Of Investigations convicted sex offender site
This site allows the public access to reference information on sex offenders who have been required to register through court order.

Division Of Criminal Justice, Office For Victim’s Programs
The Office for Victims Programs (OVP) has three primary functions: to administer federal and state grant programs, to ensure that victims of Victim Rights Act crimes are afforded their rights, and to monitor the twenty-two Local Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (Local VALE) and Victim Compensation programs for compliance with state standards.

Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA)
This is statewide umbrella organization that provides access to victim advocacy, community
resources for victims. COVA deals with a number of victim related issues.

Cova Crime Services Directory
This resource is a statewide directory with contact information of a wide variety of criminal
justice organizations, as well as victim services agencies.

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault
The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA), works to eliminate sexual violence by providing education, training and prevention initiatives, influencing public policy, advocating for resources, and promoting offender accountability. CCASA reduces the impact of sexual violence by advocating that each and every survivor is treated with dignity and respect, and has full access to quality services.

The Colorado Coalition against Domestic Violence (CCADV)
CCADV is a diverse network of rural and urban advocates who work together through the coalition to coordinate services, exchange information and work on issues of common concern, thereby providing a unified, statewide environment that will nurture members’ local, community-based efforts to stop domestic violence.

VINELink Colorado

Youth Services Compliance Review Standards
Youth Services Prison Rape Elimination Act Information & Publications

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law that became effective in 2003. PREA establishes a zero-tolerance standard against sexual abuse in adult prisons, jails, police lockups, private prisons, as well as juvenile youth centers and community confinement centers. The act requires agencies to comply with national standards to eliminate sexual abuse. The standards include the prevention, detection and prosecution of any sexual abuse within juvenile youth centers. Learn more about Colorado's commitment to PREA compliance and youth services.

PREA standard 115.387 requires data be collected and aggregated on sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment incidents for DYS and secure contract youth centers.

PREA definitions

Annual Reports

Individual Facility Reports

More PREA Resources

Youth Services reports and evaluations