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Colorado receives $94 million federal funding boost for behavioral health services

| Jun 14, 2021 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) will receive more than $94 million in additional federal block grant funding to increase substance use and mental health services over the next four years as the state responds to higher demand brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  OBH...[ Read More ]

CDHS awards seven community grantees through the Colorado Fatherhood Program

| May 28, 2021 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Human Services announced today that seven community sites across Colorado have been selected to provide services to fathers with funding support from a $7.5 million grant. The grant funding created the five-year Colorado Fatherhood Program, which seeks to support fathers to sustain healthy relationships, reinforce responsible...[ Read More ]

Gov. Polis signs bill to transform behavioral health system

| Apr 22, 2021 | Colorado

Governor Jared Polis signed a bill establishing a new state Behavioral Health Administration, transforming how Colorado will deliver mental health and substance use services to all Coloradans as the state contends with a behavioral health crisis amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the bill signing. HB 21-1097 directs the Colorado...[ Read More ]

Gov. Polis appoints Michelle Barnes as executive director of CDHS

| Feb 8, 2019 | Colorado

Gov. Jared Polis announced on Feb. 8 that he has appointed Michelle Barnes as executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Coming most recently from the nonprofit sector, Barnes has held leadership positions in a variety of organizations in different sectors. In 2008, she founded Interim Leadership Solutions to...[ Read More ]