Innovative Programs and Initiatives


The Center for Addiction uses a standardized method for implementing new initiatives; the process is built on innovation, piloting, understanding what is proven to be effective, and then replicating. With a goal of securing sustainable funding to continue what works well. We maintain a focus on quality improvement throughout the entire process to ensure we are learning and bolstering existing processes in an ongoing manner.

Center for Addiction Medicine Methods for Implementation


Treatment on Demand

This opioid treatment program helps patients with opioid use disorder get medication assisted treatment (MAT) in the Emergency Department. Counselors then link patients to ongoing addiction treatment at Denver Health’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Services (OBHS) or one of our partner Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP), the Behavioral Health Group or Denver Recovery Group, for next day care. This work has inducted hundreds of new patients on MAT and seen “next day show” rates at the OTPs increase significantly.

Community-Based Substance Treatment for Persons with History of Injection Drug Use who are Being Treated with Intravenous Antibiotics

This grant-funded program shortens hospital stays for patients who are known to inject drugs and are prescribed long-term intravenous antibiotics. Patients are transferred to intensive residential treatment at Sobriety House, where their addiction is treated while they continue receiving IV antibiotics and addiction treatment medication from Denver Health.

HIV/HCV Testing and Linkage to Care

All patients enrolled in Outpatient Behavioral Health Services are offered HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C tests as part of their intake labs, with repeat screening on an ongoing basis as needed. A patient navigator works will all individuals who test positive to provide health education and support with accessing HIV or viral hepatitis treatment. Learn more about this HIV and Hep C initiative.

Community Line

This grant-funded program offers people in the community substance use screening, referrals, and information related to accessible opioid treatment and non-opioid treatment options. For screening and referrals to services, please call the Community Line at 303-436-5711.