Task Force Committees

The Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force seats three committees:

Substance-Exposed Newborns Steering Committee

The Substance-Exposed Newborns Steering Committee addresses a variety of issues regarding the screening for and identification of drug-exposed infants and the connection to substance abuse treatment services for pregnant and post-partum women.


Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Committee

The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention serves as the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Committee of the Task Force and consists of seven work groups that are responsible for implementing the goals and strategies of the Governor’s Colorado Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse (2013).

Chair: Robert Valuck, Ph.D., Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Colorado

Data Committee

The Colorado State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup serves as the Data Committee of the Task Force. The SEOW consists of representatives of several state departments and other partners that manage and analyze data relevant to substance use and abuse.


  • Elyse Contreras, Program Manager, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Allison Rosenthal, DUI Statistical Analyst, Colorado Department of Public Safety

SBIRT Advisory Council

The SBIRT Advisory Council identifies best practice approaches and barriers to implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment as a standard of care throughout Colorado’s health and mental health care systems.


  • Bethany Pace-Danley, BSW, MA, Program Manager, SBIRT in Colorado, Peer Assistance Services, Inc.
  • Kacy Crawford, Alcohol Epidemiologist, Violence and Injury Prevention-Mental Health Branch, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Committee Updates 

August 2020

May 2020