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Access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment has been shown to reduce rates of recidivism

Information and resources for criminal justice and health agencies to assist their clients with better access to care. Click on each topic tab to access resource materials and links.

Take Care Health Matters - Print Materials
The Take Care – Health Matters Professional Guide

The Take Care – Health Matters online professional guide provides county level health-related and criminal justice-related information to help individuals in these fields build relationships and assist their clients with better access to care. County-level resources include:

  • Regional Organizations
  • Probation Information
  • Problem Solving Courts
  • Parole Information
  • Jail Information
Accessing Health Care Services - Health First Colorado

For physical health, mental health or substance use disorder treatment:

Every individual enrolled in Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) is automatically assigned to a primary care provider who belongs to one of seven regional organizations throughout the state. Which regional organization your client is assigned to will depend on who their primary care provider is. Regional organizations can help your client find a behavioral health provider and coordinate health care, including dental care, and other social service supports that may help your client achieve success in the community. Regional organizations are also responsible for providing medically necessary behavioral health services (meaning both mental health and addiction treatment services) to Health First Colorado clients.

Each regional organization has a care coordinator specifically focused on justice involved people. The care coordinators can be a huge resource for your client, especially if they have high medical, dental, mental or substance use disorder needs.

Specific Health First Colorado Info
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Enrollment Resources

You can help your client determine if they are eligible and help them enroll in Health First Colorado through numerous avenues.

  • County Dept. of Human Services: Contact the client’s local county department of human services to help with scheduling an appointment
  • Medical Assistance Sites: Contact the client’s local medical assistance site to help with scheduling an appointment
  • Denver Health Mobile Van: The Health Access Express Enrollment Van is designed to reach residents in Denver communities to increase enrollment in Health First Colorado. Enrollment appointments can be scheduled.
  • Connect for Health Colorado – Health Coverage Guides are available to assist your client.
  • Colorado PEAK: You may also determine a client’s eligibility online by going to the Colorado PEAK website and apply for Health First Colorado via the website.
Federal Poverty Guidelines

2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines

Federal Poverty Guidelines are used to determine eligibility for Health First Colorado and Connect for Health Colorado tax credits.

 Household Size  100%  133%  150% 200% 250%  300% 400%
 1 $12,140 $16,146 $18,210 $24,280 $30,350 $36,420 $48,560
 2 16,460  21,892 24,690   32,920 41,150 49,380 65,840
 3 20,780  27,637 31,170   41,560 51,950 62,340 83,120
 4 25,100  33,383 37,650   50,200 62,750 75,300 100,400
 5 29,420  39,129 44,130   58,840 73,550 88,260 117,680
 6 33,740  44,874 50,610   67,480 84,350 101,220 134,960
 7 38,060  50,620 57,090   76,120 95,150 114,180 152,240
 8 42,380  56,365 63,570   84,760 105,950 127,140 169,520

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Find a Provider or Support Services

There are a several ways you can find a Health First Colorado provider within your community.

  • Colorado Consumer Health Initiative: Blue Guide Colorado – Online tools for detailed searches through advanced filters including services provided, ages, groups served, languages spoken, Health First Colorado accepted and much more.
  • Colorado Health First Colorado – Find a Doctor: Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing’s online provider tool including providers by type and specialty.
  • Colorado LADDERS: Find a provider online tool for substance abuse, mental health and recovery support.
  • Colorado Crisis Services: Get help 24/7/365 if you or someone you know is in crisis or needs help dealing with one. Call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. Referrals to treatment providers and/or other supports such as information about crisis walk in centers, mobile outreach or respite care may also be provided.
Health Care Organizations
  • Colorado Community Health Network: Represents Colorado’s 20 Community Health Centers (CHCs)/Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) that together are the backbone of the primary health care safety-net in Colorado.
  • Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council (CBHC): CBHC members consist of 27 individual behavioral healthcare entities that include the 17 Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), two specialty clinics – Asian Pacific Development Center and Servicios de la Raza, the four (4) Managed Service Organizations (MSOs), and the four (4) Behavioral Health Organizations (BHOs).
Penalty Information

Affordable Care Act – Tax Penalty Information

Beginning January 1, 2019 there will no longer be a penalty for not having health insurance. Prior to 2019, most individuals in the United States are required to have health insurance or be subject to a fee or penalty. The fee is based on your annual income. There are some circumstances where you are exempt from purchasing health insurance and therefore would not be subject to a fee. These include:

  • If your annual income is less than $10,150 or you are not filing a tax return
  • You’re uninsured for less than 3 months during the year
  • The lowest-priced coverage available to you would cost more than 8% of your household income
  • You’re a member of a federally recognized tribe or eligible for services through an Indian Health Services provider
  • You’re incarcerated, and are not being held pending disposition of charges
  • You’re homeless

In some cases you will have to complete a form that will be submitted with your tax returns in order to be granted an exemption from the fee. Please visit, for more information and to access forms.

If you are not exempt and do not purchase health insurance, you will have to pay a fee/penalty on your tax return. The penalty is $695 per adult (up to a family maximum of $2,085), or 2.5% of household income, whichever is greater. The penalty for children is half the adult rate ($347.50).