Stage 1 fire restrictions, enacted for unincorporated areas of western Boulder County.

Boulder County Regional Opioids Council

Boulder County Regional Opioids Council

The Boulder County Regional Opioids Council is one of 19 councils in the State of Colorado with the responsibility and authority to determine what approved purposes to fund with Colorado’s portion of the nationwide opioids settlement funds. Boulder County is Region 6 as shown on the Colorado Office of the Attorney General (COAG) Opioids Dashboard.

Boulder County Region Opioids Funding Decisions

List of First Round Opioid Funded Projects

The purpose of the BCROC is to guide and determine how proceeds from the State of Colorado’s share of opioid settlement funds should be spent. These abatement funds are to provide regions with infrastructure, programming, and workforce enhancements to address the damages caused by the increasing prevalence of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) or Substance Use Disorder (SUD) within our communities.

Boulder County Begins Disbursement of Opioid Abatement Funds

Leadership council approves 25 local programs for funds from national settlements with opioid manufacturers and distributors (01/13/2023) — The Boulder County region will receive $1.8 million in the first year of what will be an 18-year distribution timeline for opioid abatement funds. Read more…

The term “opioid litigation” is used to describe several lawsuits by state and local governments against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. States are seeking damages for harm caused to the State of Colorado for deceptive marketing of opioids. In recent years, nationwide settlements have been reached with the “Big 3” opioid distributors (McKesson, Cardinal Health, and AmerisourceBergen) and Johnson & Johnson to resolve claims that these companies contributed to the opioid epidemic.

The State of Colorado is divided into 19 recipient regions, each with their own allocation of the state’s settlement funds. Boulder County was designated as its own recipient region and includes Boulder County; the cities of Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, and Boulder; and the towns of Erie, Jamestown, Lyons, Nederland, Superior and Ward).

The allocations to each Region are based on three factors that address the relative severity of the opioid crisis: (a) the number of persons suffering from Opioid Use Disorder in the county; (b) the number of opioid overdose deaths in the county; and (c) the amount of opioids distributed within the county.

On August 26, 2021, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser signed the Colorado Opioids Settlement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which designated the terms under which Colorado regions may receive funds. The Colorado MOU established five broad “Approved Purpose Areas” that direct the use of funds. These are: Prevention and Education, Harm Reduction, Criminal Justice, Treatment, and Recovery. Under the MOU, the region receives 60% of the total allotment with 40% allocated on a percentage basis to the County and municipalities. Under the current settlement, funds are provided over an 18 year timeframe with an estimated $17,078,153 coming to the region. Additional dollars will be provided as other settlements are reached.

Each region must designate a regional leadership council, with elected officials and senior regional leadership (In the Boulder Region this is called the Boulder County Region Opioid Council or BCROC). A primary goal of Councils is to develop a 2-year plan that identifies where allocated funds will be used across the approved purpose areas. This plan is then reviewed by the State’s Abatement Council for approval and release of funds.

The Boulder Region also developed a local Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to be signed by all municipalities receiving an allocation and Boulder County government officials as a working agreement under the MOU. This IGA further describes the creation of an Opioid Operations Board comprised of non-profits, government representatives, and persons with lived experience. This group is tasked with developing recommendations for consideration by the BCROC.

First Round Opioid Funded Projects

Treatment Programs:
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
Jail Medication Assisted Treatment Program - $157,116.61
Boulder County Jail: Jail Opioid Case Manager - $61,150.51
City of Longmont
Rebuilding Expectations and Walking in New Directions (REWiND) - $100,648.00
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program (LEAD) - $75,000.00
Boulder County Community Service, Community Justice Services DivisionComprehensive Opioid Abuse Program/Medicated Assisted Treatment Support - $140,000.00
RestART Studio $45,000.00
Mental Health Partners
Community Health Worker - $80,600.00
Medication Assisted Treatment Expansion Project - $198,000.00
Lyons Emergency & Assistance Fund (LEAF): Mental Wellness & Addiction Recovery - $84,894.00
Out Boulder CountyPride in Recovery - $75,000.00
Adventure Recovery $50,000.00
Natural HighsNatural Highs: AccuDetox - $18,032.00
Prevention Programs:
Youth in Recovery - $45,511
City of Longmont: Parenting Support - $40,000.00
Boulder County Community Services Department: Substance Use Advisory Group - 13,985.98
Boulder County Public Health:
Public Service Announcement and Awareness Building campaigns - $11,000
Harm Reduction Coordinator - $142,994.47
Community Narcan Web - $126,773.82
Harm Reduction Staff at Crisis Center (Boulder County Public Health) - $93,495.43
Overdose Prevention Vending Machines (Boulder County Public Health) - $44,000
Harm Reduction Supplies and Servicing (Boulder County Public Health) - $16,500
Additional Areas:
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office:
Investigation Equipment: Cellebrite Premium - $32,085
Investigation Equipment: Nighthawk LEO - $45,000
Investigation Equipment: Magnet Axiom- $6000
Investigation Equipment: Graykey - $10,570
Community Health Worker Training - $15,000.00

Virtual Meetings via Zoom

The public is invited to attend and observe all meetings


Typically, Third Friday of the Month (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m):

    • May 17, 2024
    • June 21, 2024
    • July 19, 2024

Video Meeting link: Join the Zoom webinar

Meeting Agenda | May 17, 2024
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Agenda:

  • TBD

Meeting Notes, Recordings, and Documents

November 2023 – Tenth Meeting of the BCROC

September 2023 – Ninth Meeting of the BCROC

August 2023 – Eighth Meeting of the BCROC

May 2023 – Seventh Meeting of the BCROC

April 2023 – Sixth Meeting of the BCROC

March 2023 – Fifth Meeting of the BCROC

February 2023 – Fourth Meeting of the BCROC

December 2022 – Third Meeting of the BCROC

October 2022 – Second Meeting of the BCROC

September 2022 – First Meeting of the BCROC

Please email Kelly Veit, Behavioral Health Hub Program Manager, Boulder County Community Services, with questions and suggestions.

Membership

BCROC Membership

The BCROC* oversees the procedures by which the Boulder County Region may request Opioid Funds from the Abatement Council and the procedures by which the allocation of its Region’s Share of Opioid Funds is administered.

NameAgency
Claire Levy, County Commissioner (Chair)Boulder County Board of Commissioners
Robin Bohannan, DirectorBoulder County Community Services Department
Lexi Nolen, Interim DirectorBoulder County Public Health
Susan Caskey, DirectorBoulder County Housing & Human Services
Curtis Johnson, SheriffBoulder County Sheriff’s Office
Anjali Nandi, Chief Probation Officer20th District Court, Colorado
Nuria Rivera-Vandermyden, City ManagerCity of Boulder
Harold Dominguez, City ManagerCity of Longmont
Miranda Fisher, Town ClerkTown of Nederland

*According to the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) establishing the BCROC, the membership is to be made up of the following:

  • 1 County Commissioner
  • 1 representative appointed from the County Community Services Department
  • 1 representative appointed from the County Public Health Department
  • 1 representative from the County Human Services Department
  • 1 representative appointed from Law Enforcement Within Region (Sheriff, Police, District Attorney, etc.)
  • 1 representative appointed from a County Court System within the Boulder Region
  • 3 representatives (total) appointed by cities and towns within the county, at least one of which shall be from a city or town with a population of less than 10,000 residents

Operations Membership

The Operations Board makes funding and policy recommendations to the BCROC. Membership includes non-profits, government reps, persons with lived experience.

NameRepresenting
Lisa MorenoCommunity Services, Behavioral Health Planning Team
Kelly VeitCommunity Services, Community Justice Services
Jim Adams-BergerCommunity Services, Strategic Initiatives
Marcy CampbellCommunity Services, Behavioral Health Planning Team
Tucker EurmanCommunity Services, Behavioral Health Planning Team
Georgia BabatsikosPublic Health, Harm Reduction
Shannon BryanHHS - IMPACT
Allison BayleyPublic Health
Nico GoldbergerDrug Task Force
Ronnie VasquezMHP - Director of Acute Services
Wendy SchwartzCity of Boulder
Hilda Zamora HurshCity of Longmont
Elaina ShivelyDA
Trina FaatzSUAG
Monica RotnerCJS
Janet RasmussenClinica
Jennine HallCo-Responder
Ashley McDonald HHS - IMPACT
People with Lived Experience:Perspective
Becky MilanskiPWLE, Peer Support, Harm Reduction, Recovery, Working in field
Mila LongPWLE
Joel RicklefsPWLE