On Thursday, July 8, 2021 Governor Jared Polis ended the Health Emergency Executive Orders for COVID-19 and rescinded all previous Executive Orders issued due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and signed a Recovery Executive Order focusing only on those measures related to the State’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is committed to providing behavioral health providers with additional guidance and resources related to this latest Executive Order.
On Aug. 6, 2021, the State Board of Human Services adopted a rule change allowing DUI services to be provided using video technology and granting CDHS the discretion to determine if a remote licensing visit is applicable. All adopted changes are effective immediately and are expected to be considered for permanent adoption at the September State Board meeting. This emergency rule change reestablishes access to needed behavioral health services for individuals who cannot readily go to a facility for in-person treatment.
Public Comment on the emergency rules closed on Aug. 13.
To view the effective changes, click on the link below.
Behavioral Health COVID-19 Resources
- COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Response and 42 CFR Part 2 Guidance - SAMHSA
- Updated FAQ for Opioid Use Disorder Prescribing and Dispensing in the COVID-19 Emergency - SAMHSA
- DEA and SAMHSA Buprenorphine and Telemedicine COVID-19 Guidance
- Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19 - SAMHSA
- Find Behavioral Health Help
- Colorado Spirit Crisis Counseling and Training Program - Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
- Telehealth Information for Coloradans - State of Colorado
- Mental Health And COVID-19 Information And Resources- Mental Health America
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Alcohol and Substance Use During COVID-19- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- COVID-19 Behavioral Health Resources for Children, Youth and Families - CDHS Office of Behavioral Health
- Mental Health Tools for Back-to-School - Mind Springs Health
- Talking to children about the pandemic - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
- Guide for Schools on a Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching through the Coronavirus - NCTSN
- Ways to Promote Children's Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic - Child Trends
- Four Tips to Help Your Child Through the COVID-19 Crisis - COACT Colorado, Children's Hospital Colorado and Partners for Children's Mental Health
- Supporting Your Children During COVID-19- CDHS Office of Early Childhood