COPA members enjoy a range of benefits including policy and legislative advocacy, timely updates about key issues affecting service providers, organizational capacity support and efforts designed to improve service delivery to adults, youth, families and communities struggling with substance use disorders.
COPA contracts with Miles Consulting to provide lobbying and legislative monitoring services. In real time, COPA members can follow state legislation likely to affect providers at COPA’s bill tracking web site.
Substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery can be incredibly rewarding. It not only saves individual lives, but also positively affects individual families, friends, and communities.
The Colorado Providers Association held its 2015 Annual Meeting on June 18 and 19 at the Mt. Vernon Country Club in Golden, Colorado. Speakers covered many critical issues for providers including the integration of primary care and behavioral health services, the SIM grant, parity for substance use disorder services and state and federal policy developments. The second […]
A 50-year old federal law is making it difficult for states to pay for residential addiction treatment through Medicaid. The provision, known as the Institute for Mental Disease or IMD exclusion, limits the size of residential treatment programs covered by Medicaid and as a result significantly reduces access to care. The New York Times recently published an excellent analysis […]
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced settlements with two insurers for wrongfully denying addiction and mental health treatment to thousands of New Yorkers in violation of state and federal parity requirements. The groundbreaking agreements, believed to be the first of their kind in the nation, may provide a template for other states. Read more […]
This past weekend Americans were shocked and saddened to learn that one of our greatest actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman, had died at age 46 of an apparent heroin overdose. Hoffman’s death, in the prime of his life and career, is a poignant reminder of some of the harsh realities of a disease that 17.7 million […]
Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Sunday. If you thought he was selfish, a waste, that he should have been happy because he was rich and famous, that if he would have just tried harder, he would have been better, that it’s his fault that he died, I beg you to stop what you’re doing right […]
(Springfield, IL) – In the wake of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death from a drug-overdose, the author of a Time magazine op-ed unconscionably distorted the reality of drug abuse treatment, potentially frightening away individuals, like Hoffman, who need help. http://iadda-blog.org/2014/02/05/op-ed-author-david-sheffs-drug-treatment-criticism-irresponsible/
The purpose of this symposium is to review both the evidence for health effects of marijuana and the public health-related policies and programs that are relevant to Colorado’s marijuana laws. The goal is to increase the awareness of the evidence base about marijuana for public health practitioners in Colorado. The target audience for this symposium […]