Registration is now open for the Office of Behavioral Health Research Forum: "Trauma Informed Excellence". The forum is scheduled for February 22nd, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan main auditorium.
The OBH-funded Colorado State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) recently released an alcohol policy brief, Reduce Excessive Drinking to Build Healthier Communities. The brief characterizes excessive drinking across the state and offers four evidence-based policies to reduce excessive drinking at the state and community level.
Youth at Platte Valley Youth Services Center (PVYSC) recently participated in Operation Christmas Child for the 12th year in a row! Operation Christmas Child is a yearly event sponsored by church communities throughout the world.
The Office of Behavioral Health has been working with data partners to design and create a shared data management system that integrates substance use and mental health data across the state. The Data Integration Initiative (DII) is expected to be fully operational in July 2018 and will replace the Colorado Client Assessment Record (CCAR) and the Drug and Alcohol Coordinated Data System (DACODS).
The Office of Behavioral Health recently awarded Persistent Drunk Driving and Law Enforcement Assistance Fund grants to three community groups, Team Wellness & Prevention (Larimer County Coalition), Celebrating Healthy Communities (La Plata, Montezuma, Dolores and San Juan counties) and Eagle River Youth Coalition (Eagle County). Each community received $156,500 for the first year and is projected to receive that amount for the next four years as well.
Today Reggie Bicha, Executive Director of the Department of Human Services, met with the Joint Budget Committee to discuss the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019 budget request as it relates to the Executive Director's Office, the Office of Administrative Solutions, and the Office of Children Youth & Families: Division of Child Welfare.