Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Study Committee. The bill:
- Annually appropriates $250,000 to the department of labor and employment for the purpose of providing peer coaching and peer specialist training for individuals recovering from substance use disorders ( section 1 of the bill);
- Continues the opioid and other substance use disorders study committee (committee) for an additional 4 years, meeting every other year beginning in 2021 ( sections 2 and 3 );
- Requires the state substance abuse trend and response task force to: Convene stakeholders for the purpose of reviewing progress on bills introduced by the committee and passed by the general assembly and generating policy recommendations related to opioid and other substance use disorders; and submit its annual report to the committee ( section 4 );
- Modifies how the determination of child abuse, neglect, or dependency is determined in situations involving alcohol or substance exposure ( sections 5 to 7 );
- Annually appropriates $2 million to the office of behavioral health (office) in the department of human services for the purpose of expanding the individual placement and support program ( section 8 );
- Requires the center for research into substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery support strategies (center) to design and conduct a comprehensive review of Colorado's substance use disorder treatment and recovery services to inform a state plan for the delivery of services across the continuum of care for individuals at risk of relapse and appropriates $500,000 to the center for the completion of the review ( section 9 );
- Requires the center, through the statewide perinatal substance use data linkage project, to conduct ongoing research related to the incidence of perinatal substance exposure or related infant and family health and human service outcomes. The bill also annually appropriates $75,000 to the center to conduct the research ( section 10 ).
- Requires the office to establish a program to assist individuals with substance use disorders by providing the individuals with temporary financial housing assistance and annually appropriates $4 million to the office for purposes of the program ( section 11 ); and
- Creates the recovery support services grant program in the office to provide grants to recovery community organizations, and annually appropriates $3.5 million to implement the program ( section 12 ).
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)