Behavioral Health

We can’t talk seriously about health without considering mental health and substance use disorders.

CHI engages in efforts to improve the behavioral health system, from assessing needs for substance use prevention and recovery, to evaluating programs pairing police and behavioral health providers, to studying access to mental health care and the impact of current investments. The Colorado Health Access Survey offers insight into mental health and substance use access and trends across the state. We work with organizations that aim to improve behavioral health care and access for all Coloradans.

What We Can Do

Needs assessments

Strategic planning

Program evaluation

Outcomes-based facilitation

Financial modeling


Email Emily Johnson, Managing Director of Research, Evaluation, and Convening, to find out how CHI can partner with you in this work.

Strategic Planning in Behavioral Health

Colorado's Strategic Plan for Substance Use Disorder Recovery cover

Colorado's Strategic Plan for Substance Use Disorder Recovery

A multi-agency collaboration.

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Strategic Plan for Primary Prevention of Substance Abuse cover

Statewide Strategic Plan for Primary Prevention

A follow-up to CHI's primary prevention needs assessment.

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Our Recent Research in Behavioral Health


CHI helped Larimer County Behavioral Health Services and its partners research and write a comprehensive plan


Screening all students for social and emotional needs provides an opportunity to connect kids with care and to reach them before a behavioral health crisis occurs. Schools provide an equitable setting that can help meet the mental health needs of youth and be a source of trusted adults who can recognize a mental health need.

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