Opioid addiction and overdoses have devastated families and communities across Colorado and the crisis poses a serious threat to the state's public heath, safety and economy. To address the crisis, and as a result of several historic settlements with major drug manufacturers and distributors, the Colorado Department of Law announced a groundbreaking framework for distributing nearly $700 million in opioid settlement dollars throughout the state for addiction treatment, recovery and prevention programs.
Clear Creek, Gilpin and Jefferson counties make up Region 10, or the Gateway to the Rockies Opioid Council (GROC). GROC, similarly to other regions in the state, will, in alignment with a state-wide joint framework, ensure funding awarded to the state from the settlements are invested in the region in a way that will have the most impact.
GROC members include government employees and elected officials from public health, human services, law enforcement, judicial services, and city or county representatives. We also have a robust advisory committee compiled of substance use subject matter experts from treatment, recovery, prevention, harm reduction, and criminal justice. GROC deeply values input from individuals with lived experience to substance use, and we have many folks in both voting and advisory roles that also hold this expertise! To see a list of our voting members, click HERE!
GROC began meeting as a committee in July of 2022. We've since held at least twelve meetings together to determine the best use of our region's settlement dollars. To see the agenda, minutes, slides, and recordings (when available) of all our meetings, please click HERE.
The Council is currently in the process of scheduling standing meeting times for 2024 and will reconvene in March. When scheduled, information about the next meeting will be available here.