1693 North Quentin Street
Aurora, CO 80045

Development Office



Executive Director
Steven Millette, MS. LAC

Development Director
Susan Dearing-Bond, CFRE

Year Established

Service Area
In the past, patients in the Rocky Mountain West seeking treatment for substance abuse disorders or addiction had to travel to Arizona, California and Minnesota. Today we are fortunate to have one of the country’s leading treatment centers – CeDAR, the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation in the heart of Colorado.
CeDAR is a world-class addiction and co-occurring disorders treatment facility renowned for its integration within the University of Colorado Hospital, a nationally recognized academic medical center and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Mission Statement
We save and improve lives. We instill and restore hope through recovery oriented behavioral health care, learning and discovery. Our Vision is Supporting a Culture of Recovery, being recognized as a preeminent, national leader in addiction recovery, research and education.

Operational Performance Improvement –
Support and align with the UCH Critical Success Factors while developing a CeDAR specific plan to measure and improve the quality of critical operational and clinical processes and outcomes, which informs staff competencies development.
Human Resources – Sustain CeDAR’s position as the premier employer of choice within the industry recognized for its remarkable team environment, exceptional training, education and professional development, and support for the health, wellbeing and satisfaction of each employee.

The Vision and the Opportunity: 

Consistent with our founding principles and commitment to the highest possible standards of care, CeDAR’s vision and mission are to play a leadership role in transforming the field of Behavioral Health. As one of only a handful of academic-affiliated treatment facilities in the country, CeDAR is uniquely positioned to bring this vision to reality and will profoundly affect how Behavioral Health Care is designed and delivered into the future.

The philanthropic support sought through The Best Day Campaign will strengthen CeDAR’s research, education, and training capabilities and establish it as a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence, accelerating the pace at which research and innovation are translated into practice.


The Endowment for CeDAR is an action-oriented fund, designed to attract venture philanthropists who want to make a large impact in terms of research and expanded new programs.

Historically, addiction treatment has operated in a separate, insular system lacking integration with medical systems of care. This runs counter to current science-based understanding that addiction is a brain-based medical condition that should be treated using integrated chronic care management models.

Using the Center of Excellence model, widely accepted practices will be evaluated for effectiveness to ensure they focus on the whole person’s health, wellness and integrated, recovery-oriented care management. This is an opportunity for CeDAR’s team of experts to be on the leading edge of the most effective treatment and change how that treatment is viewed and managed into the future.

The research endowment will enable CeDAR to conduct clinical research essential to the development of specific models of care recognized across the industry as state-of-the-art, evidence-based, and recovery oriented. CeDAR will be a center for the delivery of the most advanced treatments, studies and developed within the clinical research center.

The partnership between CeDAR and the Division of Substance Dependence, University of Colorado School of Medicine, is a key component and strategy for achieving CeDAR’s research goals in the service of establishing itself as a Behavioral Health Center of Excellence.

The key to being and remaining a transformational leader in medical advancement is found in the ongoing education and training of professionals. Thanks to its high standards of quality, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus attracts the world’s leading physicians, clinicians, scientists, researchers, and support personnel. CeDAR’s standards of excellence will be maintained through endowed programs that touch each aspect of its patient care. Each CeDAR program has a minimum of one fellow, intern, and resident from the CU School of Medicine attached to it. Expanding CeDAR’s research infrastructure and capacity enhances CeDAR’s:
• Educational and training mission by enabling students, trainees, fellows, and residents to have access to CeDAR’s clinical model and its clinically informative data base for research/scholarly projects;
• Increased capacity and involvement in the research enterprise;
• Allows regular and rigorous clinical outcomes assessment and tracking, which in turn directly informs improvements in patient care, program innovation, and improvement.


CeDAR’s facilities include 50 Primary Residential beds (25 men/25women) for patients 18 and over, and (14men/14 women) Residential Extended Care beds for patients 28 and over. In addition, specialized programs are offered for elite athletes and various professionals. The demand for CeDAR’s services is growing and capital funds are needed for:

Residential Cottages
CeDAR’s residential cottages, particularly the men’s are chronically full and other constituencies needing specialized care have emerged.

Outpatient Treatment and Integrated Behavioral Health Services
Currently, specialty addiction outpatient services are provided on campus at CeDAR’s dedicated facility. The essential services need to:
• Expand to sites off-campus and along Colorado’s I-25 corridor
• Be embedded and integrated within the University Hospital primary care and inpatient departments
• Be integrated throughout the UCH System

Outpatient services are also envisioned at satellite locations across the Denver metro area and Front Range. Access for patients is the primary driver of this need. More people will be served through an integrated approach, consistent with the management of other chronic conditions. This helps meet two important tenets of the Center of Excellence model – easy access and integration.

Digital Platform for Recovery Management
As with any chronic illness, early intervention, effective care, and managing follow up recovery on a daily basis are critical to improved health, wellness, and overall functioning. Tele-health and other digital technologies are essential parts of the Center of Excellence strategy.

A multi-dimensional digital platform, now in the development phase, will distinguish CeDAR by revolutionizing the ways patients stay connected to their care, manage their recovery process, and engage them and their families directly in their ongoing care.

The platform will provide a full suite of applications and content designed to meet each patient’s needs in the “gap” between episodes of care, when most struggle. Biometric technology and individualized monitoring devices will assist patients understanding of their needs, risk factors, and how to apply effective tools through monitoring of stress, sleep, specimen testing results, as well as meeting, coaching and follow-up support. These programs, which use engagement science to keep patients on track will revolutionize chronic care management and greatly improve recovery outcomes. The Digital Platform for Recovery Management will become a sustainable business model for CeDAR to expand its footprint and establish itself as a leader in the digital recovery support space.

Advisory Board: 

Marilyn Coors

Tom Gronow

Cy Harvey

James Lyons

Steven Millette

Jeannie Ritter