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Behavioral Health Recovery Act

Concerning the "Behavioral Health Recovery Act of 2021", and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2021 Regular Session
Human Services
Bill Summary

Section 1 of the bill titles the bill the "Behavioral Health Recovery Act of 2021".Section 2 of the bill continues the requirement that a podiatrist an opioid prescriber must adhere to the limitations on prescribing opioids.Sections 3 and 4 and 5 of the bill continues the funding for the medication-assisted treatment expansion pilot program (pilot program) for the 2020-21 through 2022-23 state fiscal years and repeal the pilot program on June 30, 2023 fiscal year and each year thereafter and continues the pilot program indefinitely.Section 5 6 of the bill expands the Colorado state university AgrAbility project (project) by providing funding for the project's rural rehabilitation specialists to provide information, services, and research-based, stress-assistance information, education, suicide prevention training, and referrals to behavioral health-care services to farmers, ranchers, agricultural workers, and their families to mitigate incidences of harmful responses to stress experienced by these individuals.Section 6 of the bill appropriates money to the department of public health and environment to address behavioral health disorders through public health prevention and intervention and to work with community partners to address behavioral health, mental health, and substance use priorities throughout the state.Section 7 of the bill continuously appropriates money to the harm reduction grant program.Section 8 of the bill requires a managed care organization (MCO) to notify a person's provider of approval of authorization of services no later than 24 hours after the submission of the request for services. The initial authorization for intensive residential treatment must be no less than 7 days, and the initial authorization for transitional residential treatment must be no less than 14 days. The initial authorization period may be longer if the MCO does not have sufficient information from the person's provider. MCOs shall continually authorize services in accordance with the person's provider if the MCO's determination conflicts with the provider's recommendation. MCOs shall provide specific justification for each denial of continued authorization for all 6 dimensions in the most recent edition of "The ASAM Criteria for Addictive, Substance-related, and Co-occuring Conditions".Section 9 of the bill requires the state medical assistance program (medicaid) to include screening for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders for the parent of each child enrolled in medicaid in accordance with the health resources and services administration guidelines. The screening must be made available to any person parent , regardless of whether the person parent is enrolled in medicaid, so long as the person's parent's child is enrolled in medicaid. Section 10 of the bill requires the department of human services to develop a statewide data collection and information system to analyze implementation data and selected outcomes to identify areas for improvement, promote accountability, and provide insights to continually improve child and program outcomes.Section 11 of the bill requires the department of human services, in collaboration with the department of agriculture, to contract with a nonprofit organization primarily focused on serving agricultural and rural communities in Colorado to provide vouchers to individuals living in rural and frontier communities in need of behavioral health-care services.Section 12 of the bill requires the center for research into substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery support strategies to engage in community engagement activities to address substance use prevention, harm reduction, criminal justice response, treatment, and recovery.Section 13 of the bill continues the building substance use disorder treatment capacity in underserved communities grant program.Section 14 of the bill requires the perinatal substance use data linkage project to utilize data from multiple state-administered data sources when examining certain issues related to pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders and their infants.Section 15 of the bill requires the office of behavioral health to use a competitive selection process to select a recovery residence certifying body to certify recovery residences and educate and train recovery residence owners and staff on industry best practices. Section 16 of the bill requires the office of behavioral health to establish a program to provide temporary financial housing assistance to individuals with a substance use disorder who have no supportive housing options when the individual is transitioning out of a residential treatment setting and into recovery or receiving treatment for the individual's substance use disorder.Section 16 of the bill also creates the recovery support services grant program for the purpose of providing recovery-oriented services to individuals with a substance use and co-occurring mental health disorder.Section 17 of the bill continues the appropriation to the maternal and child health pilot program.Section 18 of the bill continues the program to increase public awareness concerning the safe use, storage, and disposal of opioids and the availability of nalaxone and other drugs used to block the effects of an opioid overdose.Section 19 of the bill requires a correctional facility or private contract prison to offer a person in custody, upon release from the facility, at least 2 doses of an opioid reversal medication and education about the appropriate use of the medication.Section 20 of the bill removes municipal, county, or fire program district fire stations from the definition of "safe station" as it relates to the disposal of controlled substances.Section 21 of the bill makes conforming amendments.Section 19 22 of the bill continues the harm reduction grant program and the maternal and child health pilot program.Section 20 23 of the bill appropriates money to various state departments for certain programs.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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