The Colorado Opioid Abatement Council (COAC) was created by the Department of Law in agreement with local governments to provide oversight of the opioid funds and to ensure the distribution of those funds complies with the terms of any settlement and the Colorado Opioid Settlement Memorandum of Understanding. The COAC is specifically responsible for oversight of opioid funds from the regional share and for developing processes and procedures for the statewide infrastructure share.
The COAC works with the 19 Regional Opioid Abatement Councils to distribute opioid settlement funds for substance use disorder treatment, recovery, harm reduction, law enforcement, and prevention/education programs. The COAC consists of seven members appointed by the State and six members appointed by local governments. Click here to view the full roster.
The COAC has three sub-committees that support the larger COAC. They are the Administrative Committee, the Review Committee, and the Regional Abatement Assistance Committee. Click here for more information about each of the committees.
Funding opportunity: Infrastructure Share
The purpose of the Infrastructure Share is to promote capital improvements and provide operational assistance for developing or improving the infrastructure necessary to abate the opioid crisis within the state of Colorado. The Infrastructure Share is intended to supplement opioid settlement funds requested by any party or region.
The aim of these funds is to supplement the regional share by providing additional funds to areas of greatest need for more robust infrastructure. In addition, these funds are intended to encourage cross-regional collaboration between the 19 opioid settlement regions.
The first round of applications closed January 13th, 2013. A second round will open in Spring of 2023. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay updated about funding opportunities.
The timeline for the review of the first round of applications is below:
January 13th – 20th – Initial Submissions Review
January 25th – February 17th – Evaluation Committee review and evaluation
February 21st – 27th – COAC Review Committee review and recommendations
March 1st – 13th – Colorado Opioid Abatement Council (COAC) review and approval of proposals
March 15th – Awardees notified
Funding released in early April
Colorado Opioid Abatement Conference – Aug. 15-16, 2022
More than 45 speakers and hundreds of attendees visited the Colorado Opioid Abatement Conference in Denver on Aug. 15 and 16, 2022.
The 2-day conference included presentations on best practices for addressing the opioid crisis, how opioid settlement funds will be distributed, how to leverage state and national resources, and practical information about receiving funds. Click here to access all the conference materials or the link below to access all the videos.