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Bill Detail: SB21-137

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Title Behavioral Health Recovery Act
Status Governor Signed (06/28/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Human Services
House Sponsors C. Kennedy (D)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate Sponsors B. Pettersen (D)
F. Winter (D)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 03/01/2021

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
must adhere to the limitations on prescribing opioids.
Sections 3 and 4 of the bill continue 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.
Section 5 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
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 each child enrolled in medicaid in accordance with the health
resources and services administration guidelines. The screening must be
made available to any person, regardless of whether the person is enrolled
in medicaid, so long as the person'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 continues the harm reduction grant program
and the maternal and child health pilot program.
Section 20 of the bill appropriates money to various state
departments for certain programs.

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