DENVER (Sept. 8, 2016) — The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has received a $950,000 award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand the work of the Colorado Medication Assisted Treatment Program (CMAT), which uses medication to help individuals recover from opiate addiction.
The one-year grant expands treatment services statewide for opioid use disorders, which include heroin use and prescription pain medication misuse. The goal is to reach an additional 250 individuals with CMAT services. The grant may be extended another four years.
The CDHS Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) will issue a request for proposal (RFP) to state licensed treatment providers in the next three weeks in Denver, Boulder, Arapahoe, Adams, Jefferson, El Paso and Pueblo counties the areas that have been identified with the
highest proportions of heroin and prescription drug misuse, as evidenced by deaths and emergency room and treatment admission data. A portion of the grant may be used to develop professional trainings and incentives in the targeted counties, many of which are experiencing workforce shortages.
“This grant offers an exciting opportunity for treatment providers to offer these CMAT services that they might not have been able to provide before,” said Denise Vincioni, LPC, CAC III, State Opioid Treatment Authority and Controlled Substances Administrator for OBH.
Currently, 3,500 individuals are enrolled in methadone treatment programs, the only treatment program for which statewide treatment numbers are available. This grant will allow for additional statewide data collection of evidence based practices.
The state estimates that nearly 40,000 individuals are in need of treatment for opioid addiction, which includes addiction to prescription medications, such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet.