The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) has awarded funding to 17 county jails to continue or start medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for people with opioid use disorder.
The state is awarding nearly $1.9 million in total to the 17 county sheriff’s offices that applied for MAT funding through Sept. 29, 2020. MAT combines medication with behavioral therapy and is considered being the most effective way to treat opioid use disorder. Up to this point, OBH has funded medication-assisted treatment services in five of the 17 county jails: Boulder, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, and Pueblo. Nearly 500 people received medication-assisted treatment before or upon release from jail through this funding since 2017.
Source: North Forty News, June 14, 2019