Substance Use Issues
CHP supports community-centered planning to address the opioid epidemic and other substance use issues in the Pikes Peak region.
Coalition for Prevention,
Addiction Education and Recovery
CHP provides backbone support for a coalition of stakeholders engaged in coordinated community-centered planning to mobilize our collective resources to address the opioid epidemic and other substance use issues.
Readiness Assessment -
In March 2016, CHP convened key stakeholders to address the opioid crisis in El Paso County. Over the course of six months, work groups met to identify gaps, assess community capacity and prioritize recommendations relevant to the opioid crisis. In 2017 CHP was awarded a one-year grant from The Colorado Health Foundation to conduct a Community Readiness Assessment and Action Plan concerning opioid misuse and abuse.
The nation’s opioid crisis is a topic that receives wide coverage in the media. Given the scope of the crisis, the attention is warranted.
CHP is piloting a program to coordinate substance use disorder treatment and housing for women experiencing or at risk of homelessness with addiction issues and criminal justice system involvement to reduce recidivism and improve health outcomes. This pilot program was made possible with funding from BUILD Health Challenge and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services/ Centura Health.
Project Detour is breaking the cycle of addiction. This program, piloted through a collaboration with Community Health Partnership, the BUILD Health Challenge, Penrose-St. Francis/Centura Health, 4th Judicial District Recovery Court, and Homeward Pikes Peak, provided housing, case management, and access to medication assisted treatment to nearly two dozen formerly incarcerated women with substance use disorders over 18 months. Big shout out to Dominque Knowles and the team at Homeward Pikes Peak for this success story. Click here to learn more and see the video of her success: