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Substance Use Disorders Recovery

Concerning recovery from substance use disorders, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2024 Regular Session
Public Health
Bill Summary

The act creates a voluntary recovery-friendly workplace program (program) in the center for health, work, and environment at the Colorado school of public health. The program recognizes and assists employers that implement recovery-friendly policies to help employees in recovery from substance use disorders. The program repeals September 1, 2028.

The act creates a grant program in the department of education for schools that:

  • Educate and support students in recovery from substance use or co-occurring disorders, including self-harm and disordered eating;
  • Intend that all students enrolled are working in an active and abstinence-focused program of recovery as determined by the student and the school; and
  • Provide support for families learning how to live with, and provide support for, their teens who are entering into the recovery lifestyle.

For purposes of public school financing, the act allows a school district to include in its annual pupil count a student who has transferred to a recovery high school before the pupil count date.

The act allows a recovery community organization that receives a grant through the recovery support services grant program to use the money to provide guidance to individuals on the many pathways for recovery.

Current law establishes the requirements a facility must meet before operating as a recovery residence. The act requires the behavioral health administration in the department of human services to send a cease-and-desist letter to a recovery residence operating unlawfully.

The act declares recovery residences, sober living facilities, and sober homes as residential use of land for zoning purposes.

The act requires the liquor enforcement division in the department of revenue to adopt rules related to the location of alcohol beverages displays. Before adopting rules, the division must convene a stakeholder group consisting of recovery providers, individuals representing recovery residences, and individuals representing specified retailers licensed to sell alcohol beverages.

To implement the act:

  • $144,321 is appropriated for the 2024-25 state fiscal year from the general fund to the department of education;
  • $303,752 is appropriated for the 2024-25 state fiscal year from the general fund to the department of higher education;
  • $37,980 is appropriated for the 2024-25 state fiscal year from the liquor enforcement division and state licensing authority cash fund to the department of revenue.

APPROVED by Governor June 5, 2024

EFFECTIVE June 5, 2024
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details