Opioid & Chronic Pain Response Program
The Boulder Community Health Opioid & Chronic Pain Response Program
(OCPRP) provides free assistance to Boulder County residents with health
care matters relating to chronic pain and opioid use disorder. The program
provides short-term case management services and referrals to community
agencies for those seeking treatment in an outpatient setting or through
higher levels of care.
What does the OCPRP do?
The OCPRP was established to assist with addressing the opioid epidemic,
managing Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and chronic pain with alternatives
to pain management. We are supported by the Health Equity Fund (city of
Boulder Sugar Sweetened Beverage Product Distribution Tax - learn more
here) and the BCH Foundation. We are part of the BCH system and are housed in the
Center for Mind Body Medicine at the
Della Cava Family Medical Pavilion.
This program has many goals. One of which is to provide education to the
Boulder community around opioid use/abuse, as well as chronic pain management.
We act as a resource hub for substance abuse, mental health and medical
support while acting as the bridge between provider, patient and referring agency.
OCPRP Program Initiatives
Alternative Treatment to Opioids (ALTO): The OCPRP provides education about the health risks of opioid drug use
and non-opioid treatment alternatives such as reiki, massage, and acupuncture.
These services are provided by BCH at the Center for Mind Body Medicine,
as well as community practitioners.
Center for Mind Body Medicine: The center treats patients suffering from debilitating pain problems that
haven’t responded to traditional medical therapies. Dr. Fanestil
uses a holistic approach to “rewire” the brain’s pain
center, to treat the mind and body as one unit.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): The OCPRP also serves as a referral networking system and has partnered
with neighboring MAT programs to enhance access to addiction treatment.
MAT programs offer Buprenorphine, Methadone, or Vivitrol to treat opioid
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Colorado
- 47,000 Coloradans are living with an opioid use disorder
- Only 12,600 people received buprenorphine prescribed by an authorized provider
- Nearly half (46 percent) of the 702 providers in Colorado who have a federal
waiver did not prescribe buprenorphine between 2016 and 2017
- If all authorized providers wrote the maximum number of buprenorphine prescriptions
they were allowed to make, they could treat nearly 40,000 Coloradans.
Who is Eligible?
Services provided by the OCPRP are free of charge and financial assistance
can be provided to those who are uninsured, underinsured and undocumented.
Scholarships may be able to help pay for medical copays, gaps in insurance
coverage, office visits, alternatives to pain management, certain medications,
specific transportation needs.
This program is not intended for those who are:
- Seeking a new provider to continue prescribing pain medication
- In crisis or who are actively suicidal/homicidal (please call a crisis
service if you're experiencing either of these)
Anyone who wishes to learn more about the programming we offer and if they
are eligible can do so free of charge. One of our goals is to support
care for all so that care can be available to all wanting help. When you
come to the OCPRP, you are in a safe space where you are able to sit across
from understanding professionals who want to discuss your goals of care
and treatment while helping you reach those goals.
Contact Us Today
Please call Shelby Souther, Patient Navigator at 303-415-8659 for more
information or referrals. You can also learn more about the program by
reaching out to Amanda Wroblewski, Program Coordinator, at 303-415-4291