The Center for Addiction Medicine at Denver Health
At Denver Health’s Center for Addiction Medicine every door is an opportunity. Doors lead to new beginnings. Doors open to hope. At the Center for Addiction Medicine, there are no wrong doors. The center brings Denver Health’s broad range of addiction programs and medical resources into a single place, providing comprehensive treatment options, mindful of the stigma of substance use.
The Center for Addiction Medicine is a Denver Health initiative dedicated to combating the damage being done to our community by the disease of addiction. In 2021, 1,881 people died of drug overdose in Colorado. Behind every statistic is a person: a unique individual with a family and a community.
Denver Health is on the frontline of this public health crisis. From first responders and social workers to emergency and primary care providers, our system-wide continuum of care ensures patients are stabilized and successfully treated at the right level of integrated physical and behavioral health care. The Center for Addiction Medicine is bringing these dedicated professionals together in an unprecedented effort to try to prevent more deaths and increase long-term recovery.
Goals, Vision and Guiding Principles
The goal of the Center for Addiction Medicine’s Knowledge Management Workgroup is to enhance information systems to systematically improve processes, generate new knowledge, and drive organizational outcomes. A total of 19 Denver Health addiction-related manuscripts and book chapters were published from January through September 2022.
The Center for Addiction Medicine established the following five-year strategic goals in 2019:
A governance structure has been established to achieve the strategic goals of the Center for Addiction Medicine, as well as to provide guidance and accountability. The Governing Council supports coordination of efforts across Denver Health’s array of care sites and with services in the community. Members include representatives from the executive leadership team and champions from each department across the system.
- For screening and referrals to services, please call the Community Line at 303-436-5711.
- This program offers people in the community a call line staffed by experienced addiction experts who can screen for substance use, provide referrals, and point people in the right direction for accessible opioid treatment and non-opioid treatment options.
- For professional technical assistance or information on implementation of the Center for Addiction Medicine, please email CAM@dhha.org.
- For all other Denver Health services, please call 303-436-6000.