Laws and Rules


Update (June 4, 2024):

The State of Colorado is in a period of regulatory transition and behavioral health reform. Concurrently, the state is entering a period of rule promulgation and updates related to the BHA provider rules. 

The content and structure of this BHA Laws and Rules page is being restructured to better serve your needs and guide you to the best starting point for your engagement with BHA. If you are interested in the upcoming rule process, this page is for you.


An iterative rule volume (2 CCR 502-1)

BHA is committed to Coloradans receiving quality behavioral health services. This requires its BHA provider rules and regulations, found in 2 CCR 502-1, to remain updated and relevant.  Please review the upcoming stakeholder and rule promulgation opportunities to ensure your perspective and needs are represented. 

Rule processes ready for involvement and input:

  •  Technical cleanup of the updated BHA provider rules (2 CCR 502-1). Review the “proposed rule updates” section for additional information and proposed language

Rule processes coming soon: 

  • Controlled Substance Licensing (CSL) rule updates, and
  • Updates to support the future transition and alignment with The ASAM Criteria 4th Edition.



BHA Rules Stakeholder events calendar

Registration and links for upcoming rule processes will be posted on this calendar soon.


Contact us

Have questions or feedback for us? The information below will help you target your email to team that is best equipped to respond to you.

Provider-support questions and issues
Email addressPurposeWhat to send here?Monitored by

Email inbox that is equipped to handle a larger volume of emails that may contain sensitive information
  • Fingerprint-involved needs
  • 27-65 questions
  • Generic and/or onboarding-focused licensing inquiries
Q&S division supervisors and an onboarding licensing staff (able to assist with generic licensing inquiries)
cdhs_bha_provider_support@state.co.usData and a provider-focused email inbox that is equipped to handle technology and data-involved support needs 
  • TMS needs
  • DRS record requests
  • Data needs (DACODS and/or CCAR)
  • Central Registry needs
Data and technological support team
cdhs_ladders@state.co.usEquipped to handle provider support needs related to the LADDERS licensing system
  • Access issues
  • Adding or removing personnel to LADDERS system
LADDERS support team
Policy and rule feedback and concerns
Email addressPurposeWhat to send here?Monitored by

Q&S email inbox that focuses on feedback and needs specific to BHA provider rules (2 CCR 502-1)
  • Suggestions for changes to the behavioral health rules 
  • Suggestions are welcome at all times, although changes can only be made through a rule promulgation process. BHA plans to undergo rule promulgation annually.
Safety Net licensing team
cdhs_bha_complaint@state.co.usQ&S email inbox that focuses on complaints and grievances on any BHA licensed and/or designated agency
  • Complaints about BHA licensed and/or designated agency
  • Concerns about the quality of services and standards of a BHA-licensed and/or designated agency
BHA Ombudsman Liaison and supports
cdhs_bha_feedback@state.co.usQ&S email inbox that focuses on any constructive feedback for BHA
  • BHA feedback
  • Stakeholder feedback for the new grievance system (in development)
BHA Ombudsman Liaison and supports