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Q&A: Lt. Gov. Primavera on expanding access to physical and behavioral health services

| Mar 7, 2022 | Colorado

Dianne Primavera is the Lieutenant Governor of Colorado and leads the Office of Saving People Money on Health Care and the Office of eHealth Innovation. She was formerly a state legislator and the CEO of Susan G. Komen Colorado.  In this Q&A, Primavera discusses her work in the legislature, future...[ Read More ]

Bill to operationalize Behavioral Health Administration is introduced

| Mar 4, 2022 | Colorado

The Colorado Legislature introduced a bill on Wednesday that would officially create the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA). House Bill 1278 codifies the rules of the administration in the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to, “increase efficiency, transparency, and ease of access for behavioral health services,” said Michelle Barnes, executive...[ Read More ]

Colorado hospitals deactivate the Combined Hospital Transfer Center

| Mar 3, 2022 | Colorado

The Combined Hospital Transfer Center (CHTC), a statewide collaboration between hospitals and health systems across Colorado that was developed in 2020 and activated at two points during the COVID-19 pandemic to address rising hospitalizations and capacity challenges, was deactivated [on Tuesday]. During the recent activation for the surges of Delta...[ Read More ]

CHA says pandemic is ‘in rearview mirror’ as hospital transfer center moves to lowest activation level

| Feb 21, 2022 | Colorado

Colorado’s Combined Hospital Transfer Center (CHTC) recently moved to its lowest tier of activation—tier 1—after moving down to tier 2 the week prior. This is in response to the significant fall in COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the state in the past month.  “The transfer center folks’ hair was on fire for...[ Read More ]

CDHS increases access to quality sign language interpreting services in rural communities

| Feb 18, 2022 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Human Services has launched the Colorado Rural Interpreter Skills Enhancement (RISE) Project. The program recruits and trains American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to work in rural areas that often have little to no access to quality interpreting services for needs such as medical appointments, legal or...[ Read More ]

Stakeholders say joining interstate licensure compact would significantly increase access to behavioral health services in Colorado

| Feb 8, 2022 | Colorado

Kiara Kuenzler M.D., CEO and president of the Jefferson Center, said her organization could serve an additional 10,000 more patients each year if Senate Bill 077 becomes law.  The Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony on SB 077 on Monday, legislation that would significantly increase the workforce pool...[ Read More ]