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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
Take Care - Health Matters Professional Guide

The Take Care – Health Matters Professional Guide

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This online 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:

  • Behavioral Health Organization (BHO)
  • Regional Care Collaborative Organization (RCCO)
  • Probation Information
  • Problem Solving Court
  • Parole Information
  • Jail Information

You’re encouraged to view the 7 minute Take Care – Health Matters Professional Guide recorded webinar for a quick overview of how to best use this online tool.

Accessing Health Care Services – Health First Colorado

For behavioral health (substance use disorder and mental health) services

Behavioral Health Organizations:
Every individual enrolled in Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program) is automatically assigned to a Behavioral Health Organization (BHO). BHOs are responsible for providing medically necessary behavioral health services to Health First Colorado clients. Depending on what county your client lives in will determine which BHO your client is assigned to. If your client needs behavioral health services, please contact the appropriate BHO who will assist your client in finding a behavioral health provider within your community.

For physical health services

Regional Care Collaborative Organizations:
Individuals enrolled in Health First Colorado can choose from a variety of health plans to best meet their physical health needs. The Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) is Health First Colorado’s primary health care plan and it is encouraged that all new Health First Colorado enrollees choose to be part of the ACC Program. The ACC Program will connect your client to one of seven Regional Care Collaborative Organizations (RCCO) depending on which county your client lives in. RCCOs will help your client find a primary care provider and coordinate health care, including dental care, and other social service supports that may help your client achieve success in the community. Your client will need to call Health First Colorado Enrollment to choose to be enrolled in the ACC Program or may contact the appropriate RCCO to discuss how the ACC Program may be able to help and assist your client in accessing health care services.

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 ColoradoHealth 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

2017 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 $12,060 $16,040 $18,090 $24,120 $30,015 $36,180 $48,240
 2 16,240  21,599 24,360   32,480 40,600 48,720 64,960
 3 20,420  27,159 30,630   40,840 51,050 61,260 81,680
 4 24,600  32,718 36,900   49,200 61,500 73,800 98,400
 5 28,780  38,277 43,170   57,560 71,950 86,340 115,120
 6 32,960  43,837 49,440   65,920 82,400 98,880 131,840
 7 37,140  49,396 55,710   74,280 92,850 111,420 148,560
 8 41,320  54,956 61,980   82,640 103,300 123,960 165,280

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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.
  • Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners: Get Help Now online directory includes support group information along with information on housing, residential mental health treatment, Methadone Opioid Medication Maintenance and much more. You can also call the Colorado Crisis and Support Line at 844-493-TALK(8255).
Health Care Access 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, 2014 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 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 on your tax return. The fee is as following:

  • Starting in 2016 the fee is based on 2.5% of income or $695 per person.
  • Every year after that the fee will be adjusted for inflation.