Behavioral health

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What is behavioral health?

The term “behavioral health” refers to an individual’s mental and emotional well-being, development and actions that affect their overall wellness. Behavioral health problems and disorders include mental and substance use disorders.

About the Office of Behavioral Health

The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) administers the two state mental health hospitals, purchases services to prevent and treat mental health and substance use disorders through contracts with behavioral health providers, regulates the public behavioral health system, and provides training, technical assistance, evaluation, data analysis, prevention services and administrative support to behavioral health providers and relevant stakeholders. OBH serves as the federally designated "Single State Authority" for mental health and substance use.

 Community Behavioral Health Programs for Adults
Learn about mental health disorder and substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services in the community.
 Community Behavioral Health Programs for Children, Youth and Families
 Forensic Services
The Office of Behavioral Health provides services to individuals with mental health disorders who are involved in the criminal justice system.
 Mental Health Institutes
CDHS operates two Mental Health Institutes, or state-run psychiatric hospitals, in Pueblo and Denver.


 To share feedback about the Office of Behavioral Health or any services designated or licensed by the Office, send an email to

3824 W. Princeton Circle, Denver, CO 80236-3111 • Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m.