Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM)
Monthly Newsletter
December, 2015
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SIM Office Connects with Communities Across the State

The SIM Office conducted an outreach tour in November that featured seven locations across Colorado:
  1. Colorado Springs 
  2. Pueblo
  3. Lamar
  4. Alamosa
  5. Montrose
  6. Grand Junction
  7. Hayden
The SIM Office was excited to see over 115 stakeholders from a variety of organizations in attendance. Each community is unique and presents a different set of challenges, but the enthusiasm for the integration of behavioral and physical health is evident across the entire state. The SIM Office will continue to work with stakeholders throughout the state to achieve its bold vision of integration. 
Governor Hickenlooper Announces Boards and Commissions Appointments

November 24, 2015: Governor John Hickenlooper announced Boards and Commissions appointments to the State Innovation Model Advisory Board.
  • Arthur J. Davidson, MD, MSPH of Denver, to serve as a representative with experience and knowledge of health information technology, and occasioned by the resignation of Patrick Damian Gordon of Denver, appointed;
  • Carol L. Meredith of Littleton, to serve as a representative of organizations that represent the interests of health care consumers, appointed;
  • Glenn Evan Most, PsyD of Greenwood Village, to serve as a representative of a statewide association of hospitals, appointed;
  • Carol G. Pace of Denver, to serve as a representative of organizations that represent the interests of health care consumers, appointed;
  • Cara Beatty, MD of Boulder, to serve as a representative of a health plan recommended to the Governor's Office by a statewide association of health plans, appointed.
Read the full press release from the Governor's Office here
Register to Attend: Applying 42 CFR Part 2 to Behavioral Health and Primary Care Providers
You are invited to an upcoming webinar: "Applying 42 CFR Part 2 to Behavioral Health and Primary Care Providers," sponsored by the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) Office and the Oregon Health Authority. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

State Agencies Partner to Improve Access to Mental Health Care
The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) and the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) are partnering to reduce regulatory burden and streamline access to mental health care in Colorado.
DORA's Division of Professions and Occupations is working to simplify the licensing process so qualified mental health providers can more quickly begin work in the community. SIM is creating a framework so those providers are effectively deployed.

Read the full press release for more information. 
Colorado Communities Advancing Children's Social-Emotional Health
Seven Colorado communities were awarded a LAUNCH Together planning grant to promote the social and emotional health and well-being of children and families. Baby Bear Hugs, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pueblo, Denver's Early Childhood Council, ECHO & Family Center Early Childhood Council, Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Mesa County Health Department and Tri-County Health Department, in partnership with community stakeholders, will participate in a seven-month strategic planning process to expand evidence-based prevention and promotion practices and enhance coordinated community systems. There was a significant response to the grant opportunity with 18 thoughtful and competitive applications submitted.
The $11.2M, five-year, multi-phase LAUNCH Together effort is possible through a unique and innovative collaboration between eight Colorado-based foundations: The Ben and Lucy Ana Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation, Buell Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, Community First Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, The Piton Foundation at Gary Community Investments and Rose Community Foundation.
Click here to learn more about LAUNCH Together
In the News

Center for Integrated Primary Care, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM)
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