(1)“Behavioral health administration” or “BHA” means the behavioral health administration established in section 27-60-203.
(2)“Behavioral health aide” or “aide” means an individual who:
(a)Addresses mental health conditions and substance use disorders to promote healthy individuals, families, and communities;
(b)Dependent on the level of certification of the individual, may act as a community educator and provide expanded services for more complex behavioral health needs; and
(c)Is familiar with state and local resources and can provide referrals and other additional services.
(3)“Behavioral health provider” means a recovery community organization as defined in section 27-80-126, a recovery support services organization as defined in section 27-60-108, or a licensed organization or professional that provides diagnostic, therapeutic, or psychological services for behavioral health conditions. Behavioral health providers include a residential child care facility, as defined in section 26-6-903 (29), and a federally qualified health center as defined in the federal “Social Security Act”, 42 U.S.C. sec. 1395x (aa)(4).
(4)“Community college” means a community college described in section 23-60-205 that is governed by the state board for community colleges and occupational education.
(5)“Fund” means the behavioral and mental health cash fund created in section 24-75-230 (2)(a).
(6)“Institution of higher education” means a local district college operating pursuant to article 71 of title 23 or an institution of higher education.
(7)“Learning management system” means an online training curriculum developed for health-care providers in rural and metro areas pursuant to section 27-60-112 (2)(b) to increase competencies in mental health and substance use disorders that will support a high-quality, trained, culturally responsive, and diverse behavioral health-care provider workforce.
(8)“Peer support professional” has the same meaning as set forth in section 27-60-108 (2)(b).
(9)“Plan” means the behavioral health-care provider workforce plan created by the BHA pursuant to section 27-60-302.
(10)“Priority populations” means:
(a)People experiencing homelessness;
(b)People involved with the criminal justice system;
(c)People of color;
(d)American Indians and Alaska natives;
(f)People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer or questioning;
(h)Children and families; and
(i)People with disabilities, including people who are deaf and hard of hearing, people who are blind or deafblind, people with brain injuries, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and people with other co-occurring disabilities.
(11)“Substance use disorder” means a chronic relapsing brain disease, characterized by recurrent use of alcohol, drugs, or both, causing clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.
Section 27-60-301 — Definitions,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-27.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).