Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM)

The Colorado SIM touches nearly every aspect of our health system, setting the stage for a sweeping transformation that will help us accelerate our progress toward the Triple Aim of lower costs, better care and improved population health.
March 10, 2023

Colorado is involved in an extraordinary undertaking: bringing experts from across the state to develop a vision to transform our health care system. Funded by a $2 million State Innovation Model (SIM) pre-testing award, the goal is to build an innovative and integrated vision of health care that will guide our efforts for years to come. The process depends on the contributions of stakeholders from across the spectrum of health care.

The Colorado Health Institute has been honored to serve on the SIM management team.

The work kicked off Wednesday, May 29, 2013, with a stakeholder meeting at the History Colorado Center. By fall, Colorado submitted its State Health Innovation Plan. Then work began on an application for funding to test Colorado's model of innovation, which focuses on integrating physical and behavioral health in primary care practices and other locations and extending health through community public health organizations.

Click here to read Colorado's SIM application in flipbook format. 

Presentation: To download the presentation given at the event, click here

Below are some background materials and resources: 

Behavioral health integration: an essential element

of population-based healthcare redesign