SouthWest Opioid Response District (SWORD)

The SouthWEST Opioid Response District (SWORD) is the Regional Council formed as a requirement of the Colorado  Opioid Settlement Memorandum of  Understanding. The SWORD will administer Opioid funding in the region. All southwest Colorado municipal and county governments signed onto the Colorado MOU to receive settlement funds and as part of the SWORD will determine ways the money will be used to address opioid and other substance misuse and identify viable, sustainable, substance treatment solutions to fill existing gaps in our rural region.

The SWORD includes government voting members but also advisory members that fit the following areas of experience:

● Behavioral health providers

● Health care providers

● Recovery/treatment experts

● Tribal representatives, and

● Community representative(s), preferably those with lived experience with the opioid crisis

Meetings occur on the 2nd Wednesday of every other month at 2:30pm via Zoom. Email Heather Otter for the link.

Meeting dates- July 10th, Sept. 11th, and November 6th. 

Community Grant

Application & Guidelines

Grant Rubric

Program Budget Template

SWORD Region 9 EDD Substance Use Treatment Feasibility Study and Implementation Plan 

Full Written Report


Opioid settlement dollars to fund recovery housing in Southwest Colorado

Governing Documents


SWORD Roster


Minutes 3.13.24

Minutes 1.10.24


Year in Review

Minutes 11.8.23

Minutes 10.11.23

Minutes 8.9.23

Minutes 7.12.23

Minutes- 6.14.23

Minutes- 5.10.23

Older documents are available by contacting 970-247-9621


Opioid 101

Southwestern Colorado Opioid Overdose Planning (SCOOP) Consortium Community Needs Assessment & Gap Analysis

SCOOP Strategic Plan 2.0

Diversity Toolkit for Tribal Opioid Prevention Programs

Recovery Housing Presentation

Toolkit - International Overdose Awareness Day August 31st

Opioid Abatement Approved Purposes


Opioid Settlement Dashboard

Attorney General Resources

Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force Report (Summary begins on P. 13)

Colorado Opioid Response Blueprint Guide for Settlement Funds

Annual Colorado Opioid Abatement Conference Session Recordings

Region 9