Representing substance use disorder prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery service providers

our mission is to cultivate leadership, mobilize resources and promote the effective use, integration and coordination of services.

Member Benefits

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.

Realtime Legislative Monitoring

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.

Careers with COPA and our Members

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 Latest News

COPA 2015 Annual Meeting Presentations

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 […]

IMD Exclusion Hurts Addiction Treatment

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 Enforces Parity Requirements

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 […]

Another Reminder of the Terrible Toll of Addiction

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 […]

Addiction, Mental Health and a Society That Fails to Understand Either

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 […]

Op-Ed: Author David Sheff’s Drug Treatment Criticism “Irresponsible”

(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.

Marijuana and Public Health Symposium

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 […]

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