I have heard countless stories from Coloradans who stopped trying to get mental health or substance use assistance because they couldn’t figure out how and where to get services. For years, providers have shared how the administrative burden of the State’s fragmented system takes them away from patient care, and drives up costs.
The good news: These are problems we can solve.
The less-than-good news: It will take some time to solve these problems. That does not mean that we should give up.
Per legislation, the BHA is expected to be partially functional by July 2022. A phased approach to getting the BHA fully operational is the best way for us to ensure we do it the right way. What is most important to know is that the BHA will not be able to solve all of our system’s problems overnight. That does not mean we shouldn’t do it. We must stay focused on the long goal.
Meanwhile, there are still people who need help. Fortunately, there are providers who are doing good work and offering services across the State. And as we reform our system, the ability to access those services will only get better.
Senior Advisor for Behavioral Health Transformation