Colorado SIM Office Participates in Tribal Consultation with Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Leaders
On March 17 and 18, the SIM Office participated in a formal tribal consultation along with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and Connect for Health Colorado. The consultation involved conversations with council members and leadership from the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes, as well as the Executive Secretary of the Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs.
Both tribes identified treatment of mental health and substance use disorders as high priority areas. The conversation focused on how clinics could participate in future SIM Practice Transformation Cohorts, access broadband expansion services, and how local agencies could potentially host a SIM-funded Regional Health Connector in the future.
The SIM Office will continue to engage with both tribes and was asked to participate in quarterly Commission on Indian Affairs meetings in the future.