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2020 legislative update

After a turbulent legislative session, with the legislature temporarily closed due to COVID-19 and the state facing a budget shortfall of $3.4 billion, many important wins are to be celebrated. Four of the five opioid-related bills proposed by the Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee (HB20-1065, HB20-1017, SB20-007, SB20-028) passed the state […]

May 2020 legislative update

Colorado budget cuts likely to affect behavioral health According to the most recent revenue projections, Colorado faces an up to $3.4 billion budget shortfall for fiscal year 2020-21, and the Legislature and Gov. Jared Polis are in the process of making cuts that will affect all areas of state government, including programs for substance use […]

2020 lunch and learn series

Provider Ed Virtual Lunch and Learn Series Selected presentations have been recorded. Follow the link to watch the videos. Date Topic Speaker(s) Wed. May 6th Non-pharmacologic pain management Jonathan Clapp, MD Wed. May 13th Behavioral Aspects of Pain Brent Van Dorsten, PhD Wed. May 27th Pain Procedures Joseph Fillmore, MD, MBA Wed. June 3rd Acupuncture […]

Links to coronavirus (COVID-19) resources

The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention is compiling a list of links to resources that could help you or your organization manage your response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. While these links go to authoritative sources, be sure to check and see if there is any guidance from the support group, nonprofit, public health […]

Consortium remains open, goes online as part of COVID-19 response

Like so many other people and organizations, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention is changing operations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). For the next two weeks and possibly beyond, the Consortium will remain “open,” but all staff members will be working online. Our office at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus […]

February 2020 legislative update

Last summer, the Interim Study Committee on Opioids and Other Substance Use Disorders drafted five bills, all of which have been introduced. Great news! All five of these bills (HB1085 Prevention, HB1065 Harm Reduction, HB1017 Criminal Justice, SB007 Treatment, and SB028 Recovery) have passed out of their first committees for a good start to a […]

January 2020 news roundup

State Opioid Response Grants Expanded to Include Methamphetamine and Cocaine Colorado is the recipient of a State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant and the goals of the grant include: Connect at least 900 people to Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) through mobile MAT units. Train 400 individuals in the CRAFT & Celebrating Families model. Hire 18 more […]

January 2020 Legislative Update

The 2020 Legislative Session began on Wednesday, Jan. 8, and a number of bills addressing opioid and substance use are on the docket. Because these bill are relevant to the work of Consortium members and others in the prevention and treatment fields, the Consortium will offer monthly updates on the progress of the bills. Remember, […]