Overdose prevention grants and funding

Grants and funding

Awarded in 2020, CDPHE’s COSSUP (formerly COSSAP) grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), improves health outcomes by reducing the impact of opioids, stimulants, and other substances on individuals and communities. Many communities are ill-equipped to serve people with substance use disorder and their families - lacking local substance use disorder treatment providers, recovery resources, and access to naloxone - which creates an undue burden on first responders and local healthcare providers. COSSUP recipients provide diversion programs, recovery support services, substance use disorder treatment services, naloxone for first responders and individuals receiving services, and educate communities on the proper disposal of medications through Colorado’s Medication Takeback Program.


Cardinal Health, Inc.
Colorado Department of Corrections
E-Squared Communications Group
Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department (past recipient)
Region Six Alcohol & Drug Abuse Corp. (RESADA)
San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center
Signal Behavioral Health Network

Learn more about COSSUP:

CDPHE’s Year 1 Evaluation Summary (Sept. 2021 - Sept. 2022)
BJA’s COSSUP Resource Center

Harm Reduction Grant Fund: During the 2019 legislative session, SB19-008: Substance Use Disorder in the Criminal Justice System passed establishing a Harm Reduction Grant Program within CDPHE. The goal and purpose of the Harm Reduction Grant Program is to fund and support local communities to rethink and expand opportunities to address drug use using a public health and harm reduction approach, rather than through the criminal legal system. The 2022 passage of HB 22-1326 Fentanyl Accountability and Prevention allocated additional funding for a broadened list of eligible entities and expanded allowable uses of the fund.


Arapahoe County Public Health
Boulder County Public Health Department
Colorado Health Network
Gunnison County
Harm Reduction Action Center
Lakewood Police Department
Milestone Community Wellness
Pitkin County Public Health
Southern Colorado Harm Reduction Association
Summit County Public Health
SummitStone Health Partners
The Yarrow Collective

Harm Reduction Grant Fund Program Manual 

The Overdose Data to Action grant, funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), allows the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program to partner with organizations across the state to implement local, evidence-based, data-driven prevention initiatives to support prevention strategies. The goal of this program is to fund and support local communities to use prevention strategies that will reduce opioid misuse and overdoses across the state of Colorado. Strategies and activities to address opioid misuse and overdose prevention can include public awareness, community education, provider education, data, targeted naloxone distribution, and community-level interventions. 


Boulder County Community Services
Denver Department of Public Health and Environment
Fremont County Public Health
Jefferson County Public Health
Mesa County Public Health
North Colorado Health Alliance
Otero County Public Health
Pueblo County Public Health
San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center
Sober AF Entertainment
Springs Recovery Connection

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Opioid Overdose Prevention Program invites Colorado coroners' offices to apply for grants offered to support coroners as they deal with the opioid crisis in Colorado. This funding provides reimbursement for toxicology testing for suspected overdose deaths. Apply now.


Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office
Boulder County Coroner’s Office
City and County of Denver - Office of the Medical Examiner
Garfield County Coroner’s Office
Gunnison County Coroner’s Office
Jefferson County Coroner’s Office
Larimer County Coroner’s Office
Las Animas County Coroner’s Office
Lincoln County Coroner’s Office
Mesa County Coroner’s Office
Montrose County Coroner’s Office
Morgan County Coroner’s Office
Ouray County Coroner’s Office
Rio Blanco County Coroner’s Office
Rio Grande County Coroner’s Office
Summit County Coroner’s Office