Colorado - Alcohol and Drug-use Intervention Programs: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to implement school-based alcohol and drug referral, intervention or treatment programs for students with substance use disorders.

C.R.S. 22-96-103. Behavioral health care professional matching grant program - created - rules

(1) (a) There is created in the department the behavioral health care professional matching grant program, referred to in this article 96 as the "program", to provide funding to education providers for the following purposes:

  • (I) To increase the presence of school health professionals in schools to provide substance abuse and behavioral health care to students who have substance abuse or other behavioral health needs;

  • (II) To provide training and resources for school staff on the implementation of evidence-based programming on substance abuse prevention education for all students; and

  • (III) To allow school health professionals to connect students with services that are provided by community-based organizations for treatment and counseling for students who are at risk for substance abuse.

(b) An education provider that receives a grant under the program shall use the money to increase the level of funding the education provider allocates to school health professionals to provide substance abuse and behavioral health care to students prior to receiving the grant and not to replace other funding sources allocated to provide school health professionals for students. The department shall administer the program as provided in this article 96 and pursuant to rules adopted by the state board.

(2) The state board shall adopt rules pursuant to the "State Administrative Procedure Act", article 4 of title 24, C.R.S., for implementation of the program, including but not limited to rules regarding:

  • (a) The timeline for submitting applications to the department;

  • (b) The form of the grant application and any information in addition to that specified in section 22-96-104 (2) to be included in the application;

  • (c) Any criteria for awarding grants in addition to those specified in section 22-96-104 (3); and

  • (d) Any information to be included in the department's program report in addition to that required in section 22-96-105.


C.R.S. 22-33-204. Services for at-risk students - agreements with state agencies and community organizations

(1) Each school district, regardless of the number of students expelled by the district, may enter into agreements with appropriate local governmental agencies and, to the extent necessary, with the managing state agencies, including the department of human services and the department of public health and environment; with community-based nonprofit and faith-based organizations; with nonpublic, nonparochial schools; with the department of military and veterans affairs; and with public and private institutions of higher education to work with the student's parent or guardian to provide services to any student, or the student's family, who is identified as being at risk of suspension or expulsion or who has been suspended or expelled. Any services provided pursuant to an agreement with a nonpublic, nonparochial school are subject to approval by the state board of education pursuant to section 22-2-107. Services provided through such agreements may include, but are not limited to:

  • (a) Educational services required to be provided under section 22-33-203 (2) and any educational services provided to at-risk students identified pursuant to section 22-33-202;

  • (b) Counseling services;

  • (c) Substance use disorder treatment programs;

  • (d) Family preservation services.

  • (e) and (f) (Deleted by amendment, L. 98, p. 570, § 3, effective April 30, 1998.)

(2) At a minimum, each agreement entered into pursuant to this section shall specify the services to be provided under the agreement, the entity that will coordinate and oversee provision of the services, and the responsibilities of each entity entering into the agreement. In addition, each agreement shall require each entity entering into the agreement to contribute the services or funds for the provision of the services specified in the agreement. The agreement shall specify the services or the amount and source of funds that each entity will provide and the mechanism for providing said services or funds.

(3) Each school district shall use a portion of its per pupil revenues to provide services under agreements entered into pursuant to this section for each student who is at risk of suspension or expulsion or who is suspended or expelled. In addition, the school district may use federal moneys, moneys received from any other state appropriation, and moneys received from any other public or private grant to provide said services.


C.R.S. 25.5-1-206. School-based substance abuse prevention and intervention program - creation - reporting - legislative declaration - definitions

(1) (b) Therefore, the general assembly declares that it is appropriate to award grants to schools, community-based organizations, and health organizations to provide school-based prevention and intervention programs that use evidence-based strategies, practices, and approaches to reduce the risk of marijuana and alcohol use and prescription drug misuse by school-aged children. Successful school-based programs will lead to increased overall health, behavioral health, and educational outcomes for Colorado's youth.


C.R.S. 25.5-1-206. School-based substance abuse prevention and intervention program - creation - reporting - legislative declaration - definitions

(3) (a) The school-based substance abuse prevention and intervention grant program is created within the state department. The purpose of the grant program is to award competitive grants to entities to provide school-based prevention and intervention programs for youth twelve to nineteen years of age primarily focused on reducing marijuana use, but including strategies and efforts to reduce alcohol use and prescription drug misuse.

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