State Opioid Response


On this website you can find resources that support the monitoring and evaluation of the State Opioid Response (SOR) Grant. This includes information related to the SOR program evaluations and the required Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) federal reporting component.

About the Grant

In September 2018, the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) received $30.1 million in federal funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response (SOR) grant to help individuals in Colorado receive opioid use disorder treatment.  The current round of funding will continue through September 2021. However, OBH received an additional $38 million to continue SOR efforts through 2022.

Goals of the SOR grant include:

  • Connect at least 900 people to Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) through mobile MAT units
  • Train 400 individuals in the CRAFT & Celebrating Families model
  • Hire 18 more peer recovery coaches to connect people to MAT and provide support
  • Train 425 more prescribers to provide buprenorphine, with a focus on rural area
  • Distribute 18,000 more naloxone kits

The Evaluation Center at the University of Colorado Denver serves as the external evaluator and provides technical assistance to the Office of Behavioral Health and the Managed Service Organizations and Opioid Treatment Programs that are working under the SOR grant.


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