The Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship was established in 1995, and is one of the first four addiction psychiatry programs in the United States to receive ACGME accreditation. The program received accreditation in 1995, its inaugural year, and was re-accredited in 1998, 2002, and 2008. The Fellowship has twice received the maximum five year accreditation. The primary training sites, which all addiction residents rotate through, are the Denver Heath Medical Center(DHMC) and the CeDAR program of University of Colorado Hospital (UCH).
DHMC offers state of the art addiction treatment in outpatient, consultation, and correctional settings with a large diverse patient population in a hospital which is a national model for indigent care. The CeDAR: Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation program, which opened in 2005 and is the premier addiction treatment center in the Rocky Mountain region, offers detoxification and residential treatment to an upper socioeconomic status population. This fellowship is unique in offering residential treatment in a medical university setting, and is located at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The Addiction Fellowship benefits from being part of the Department of Psychiatry, which has one of the nation's most well established residency psychiatry programs, in addition to psychiatry fellowships in child, forensic, psychosomatic, as well as behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry.