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Our Partners

 

Transforming Behavioral Health Together

The mission of the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) is to “Co-create a people-first behavioral health system that meets the needs of all people in Colorado”. That co-creation is only possible when grounded in meaningful collaboration with state and local government agencies, community partners and community members. From state staff to providers, from legislators to individuals, your perspectives, experiences & needs matter.

We thank our partners for their passion, contribution, and commitment to transforming the behavioral health system, and encourage everyone to join us in the journey toward making behavioral health care accessible, affordable, and equitable for all people in Colorado.

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Our Partner Statement

We, the Colorado Behavioral Health Administration, are eager to collaborate with statewide partners in creating opportunities for all people in Colorado to achieve mental wellness. While much of our work is focused on those in need of behavioral health supports, we are equally committed to creating valuable experiences and outcomes within our partnership. Our people-first promise galvanizes us to be a dependable, strategic, and passionate partner, all with a focus on breaking through barriers and siloes to achieve our greater purpose. It is our aim to operate as a community anchor, supporting your efforts while elevating our collective cause. Together, we will do the exceedingly important work of being innovative change-makers, setting a new standard for comprehensive, equitable, and effective behavioral health care across our state.

Through this partnership, may we all be dedicated advocates of:

  • Acting responsibly and in the best interests of all people in Colorado.
  • Operating with a people-first, approach - acknowledging when harm has been done and taking purposeful action towards meaningful remedies.
  • Upholding our shared ideals and values to function as a conduit of change, not a source of conflict.
  • Disclosing all relevant data and metrics, holding ourselves accountable to agreed-upon measurements of success and effectiveness.
  • Embracing openness, where readily sharing information and insights creates efficiencies and expands possibilities.

About Behavioral Health Administrative Service Organizations 

Behavioral Health Administrative Service Organizations (BHASOs) are new organizations the BHA has been tasked with creating through House Bill 22-1278. BHASOs will establish, administer, and maintain regional networks of behavioral healthcare providers that serve people across Colorado. BHASOs will consolidate the current fragmented behavioral healthcare provider networks into regions, emphasizing a “no wrong door” approach. 

Individuals seeking care have expressed that they struggle to locate and receive behavioral health services in the current behavioral healthcare model. The goal is for BHASOs to facilitate accessible, affordable, and easy-to-navigate behavioral health services to help people in Colorado achieve whole person health. BHASOs will also identify care gaps and promote access to services through a network of providers by collaborating with local law enforcement and county agencies, including county departments of human or social services and local public health agencies, as well as schools and school districts.

 

Behavioral Health Administrative Service Organizations Request for Proposals is Live

Starting May 14, 2024, the Colorado Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) invites vendors to apply for the opportunity to become Behavioral Health Administrative Service Organizations (BHASOs) through a request for proposals (RFP) process.  

This competitive bid process will be open to bidders through July 15, 2024. Applications can be accessed through the Colorado Vendor Self Service (VSS) portal. Step-by-step instructions for submission can be found within the RFP document available on the VSS portal. To access the VSS portal, complete the following steps:

  • Visit http://www.colorado.gov/vss
  • Under “State of Colorado Vendor Self Service”, you will find a blue bar titled “What would you like to do?”. On the very right side of the bar, you will find a “View Published Solicitations” button with an image of a document and a clock - click that button.
  • Please note that bidders do not need to “Register Your Vendor Account” to respond to the RFP, but it is recommended in order to receive notifications of upcoming projects and status updates. Additionally, when an organization is awarded, the notice of intent to award. The notice of intent to award is also sent via email to the winners of the bid. Notices of non-award are sent via email to the non-awarded bidders.
  • On the dropdown menu titled “Show Me” on the lower left side of the screen, select “Open”. Then use the keyword search box to search for: BHASO
  • Select “Attachments”
  • Select all the documents you want to view
  • The documents will download onto your computer or mobile device
  • Instructions to submit a response are found in Section C of the RFP document.
  • The last day to respond to the RFP is Monday, July 15 at 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Pre-Bid Conference will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 10:00 - 11:00 am. Register at BHASO RFP Prebid Conference. 

Following the bid closure, a dedicated scoring committee representing various stakeholders, including the Behavioral Health Administration, other State agencies, local governments, and individuals with lived experience, will evaluate applications. Winning proposals will be announced in Fall 2024.

 

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Organizaciones de Servicios Administrativos de Salud Mental 

Las Organizaciones de Servicios Administrativos de Salud Mental (BHASO) son nuevas organizaciones que la BHA se ha encargado de crear a través del proyecto de ley 22-1278 de la Cámara de Representantes. Las BHASO establecerán, administrarán y mantendrán redes regionales de proveedores de salud conductual que atiendan a personas de todo Colorado. Las BHASO unificarán las actuales redes fragmentadas de proveedores de servicios de salud conductual en regiones, haciendo hincapié en un enfoque de “no wrong door” (atención sin barreras). 

Las personas que buscan atención de salud conductual han expresado que tienen dificultades para localizar y recibir servicios dentro del modelo actual de atención. El objetivo es que las BHASO ofrezcan servicios de salud conductual accesibles, asequibles y fáciles de navegar para ayudar a los habitantes de Colorado a alcanzar la salud integral. Las BHASO también identificarán las carencias en la atención y promoverán el acceso a los servicios a través de una red de proveedores en colaboración con la policía y las agencias de los condados, incluidos los departamentos de servicios humanos o sociales, las agencias locales de salud pública, las escuelas y los distritos escolares.

 

 

 

For more information on how the BHA is approaching partnership and collaboration throughout its implementation, please read the Plan for the Creation of the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) which was submitted to Colorado Legislature on November 1, 2021. This plan provides detail on how the BHA is expected to operate. It covers the functions of the BHA, as well as how an aligned, strategic approach will advance accountability and transparency. Read the Executive Summary, available in English and Spanish.

  1. Access the latest info and resources: Bookmark this website and continue to check in for the latest behavioral health resources and information on the BHA’s efforts.
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The creation of the BHA is based on robust partner engagement including interviews, focus groups and open forums with state personnel, community partners and individuals with lived experience. Click here for a project dashboard highlighting elements of the robust partner engagement conducted from January 2021 - October 2022 including individuals engaged and diverse perspectives represented. The State of Colorado, in partnership with Health Management Associates, a Colorado-based independent consulting and research firm, led the engagement process which included the following:

State Agency Engagement

HMA used a tiered discovery process to engage leadership, subject matter experts and others within the following select state agencies:

  • Colorado Department of Agriculture
  • Colorado Department of Education
  • Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
  • Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
  • Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
  • Colorado Department of Public Safety
  • Colorado Department of Corrections
  • Colorado Department of Local Affairs
  • Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
  • Colorado Division of Veteran Affairs
  • Colorado Judicial Branch
  • Colorado Workforce Development Council

HMA also utilized a number of data tools for quantitative data—supplementing and verifying accuracy with agency staff as needed.​

Partner & Community Member Engagement 

HMA has engaged various partners and community members via targeted focus groups and open forums including representatives from counties / local government, system advocates, hospitals, primary care, child advocates, Regional Accountable Entities (RAE), Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC), Managed Service Organizations (MSO) and Administrative Services Organizations (ASO), and consumers. A second open forum was conducted to connect directly with individuals, peers and family members with behavioral health lived experience.

Summary of Themes & Voices

HMA conducted interviews, targeted focus groups and an open forum in April and May of 2021 to discuss draft models for how the BHA could be formed to best serve Coloradans. Click here for a summary featuring an overview of common themes, takeaways, quotes and questions from the engagement sessions. Additionally, HMA led targeted focus groups and an open forum in September and October 2021 to provide stakeholders with an overview of the proposed plan of how the BHA could work, who may make up the BHA, what the BHA could offer that is new, a timeline for implementation, and next steps. Click here for a recap of common themes, takeaways, and questions from the engagement sessions.