The work of the Mental Health/Point of Contact Through Jail Release Task Force has concluded. The Task Force met from June 2016 to June 2019.The Task Force may be reinstated and re-seated, if similar mental health topics arise in the future.
The Task Force was referenced as the "Mental Health/Jails Task Force." This Task Force addressed the following topics: Diversion from the system for those with mental health issues, Diversion for those in jail who have mental health issues, and Continuity of care or "wrap around" services for those who cannot be diverted from jail.
- No further meetings
Date Time Location
No further meetings are scheduled for this task force.
Mental Health/Point of Contact Through Jail Release Task Force has concluded.
For information, contact Laurence Lucero at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Task Force Members
To ensure balanced representation on the Mental Health/Point of Contact Through Jail Release Task Force, the CCJJ Chair and Vice-Chair employ a template to guide the appointment process. Representative agencies and stakeholders are determined first, followed by the appointment of volunteers to the available positions.
Membership: as of June 2019 Name Position, Affiliation Joe Pelle, Chair (CCJJ) Sheriff, Boulder County Chris Bachmeyer (CCJJ) District Judge Court, 1st Judicial District John Cooke (CCJJ) Senate Senator, Senate District 13 Megan Ring (CCJJ) Colorado State Public Defender Abigail Tucker (CCJJ) Community Reach Centers Nancy Jackson (CCJJ) Arapahoe County Commissioner Jamison Brown Colorado Jail Association Frank Cornelia Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council Patrick Costigan Prosecution, DA Office, 17th JD Tina Gonzales Beacon Health Options Cynthia Grant AllHealth Network Benjamin Harris Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing Joe Morales (Former CCJJ) Colorado State Board of Parole Norm Mueller (Former CCJJ) Criminal Defense (Haddon, Morgan & Foreman, P.C.) Jagruti Shah Office of Behavioral Health, CO Dept. of Human Services Charles Smith Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Staff: Laurence Lucero (email@example.com)
"CCJJ" - Commission members
Former Members Name Position and or Affiliation Patrick Fox Office of Behavioral Health, CO Dept. of Human Services Charlie Garcia / CCJJ At Large Jeff Goetz Colorado Jail Association Evelyn Leslie / CCJJ Colorado School for Family Therapy Beth McCann / CCJJ State Representative, House District 8 Matthew Meyer Mental Health Partners/Edge Lenya Robinson Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing Michael Vallejos / CCJJ Chief Judge, 2nd Judicial District Dave Weaver / CCJJ Douglas County Commissioner Doug Wilson / CCJJ State Public Defender
The Mental Health / Point of Contact Through Jail Release Task Force established the following working groups:
Changing Responses to Behavioral Health Needs Working Group - Explored opportunities to divert individuals FROM the criminal justice system. Explored M1 (Mental health hold) cases, efforts involving law enforcement, joint efforts by law enforcement and behavioral health, and community behavioral health options and system opportunities.
Diversion within the Criminal Justice System Working Group-Explored opportunities to divert individuals IN the criminal justice system.
Provision of Mental Health Services in Jail Working Group - Exploring opportunities to provide necessary services to individuals in jail and alternative placements for acute unmanageable cases. Studying the concept of designated regional facilities for mental health treatment of jail inmates. Monitoring the progress of Senate bills...18-249, 18-250, 18-251, & 18-252...and the potential impact on mental health services.
The Mental Health / Point of Contact Through Jail Release Task Force materials:
(Minutes of the Task Force may be found below under "Previous Meetings.")
Task Force Meeting Handouts
(meeting date in parentheses)
Introduction to Colorado's Behavioral Health System (07/07/2016)
Sequential Intercept Model (07/07/2016)
Criminal Justice Diversion - Overview(CBHC) (09/08/2016)
Criminal Justice Diversion - Presentation (CBHC) (09/08/2016)
Evidence-Based and Recommended Practices at the Sequential Intercepts (09/08/2016)
Colorado Behavioral Health Diversion - Flowchart (Arapahoe County) (06/08/2017)
Colorado Behavioral Health Diversion - Proposal (Arapahoe County) (06/08/2017)
"High Utilizers" Collaborative Study - Summary Data (06/08/2017)
"High Utilizers" Collaborative Study - Healthcare Usage Report (06/08/2017)
Colorado Crime Victim Rights (06/08/2017)
C.R.S., 24-14.1-302. Definitions (06/08/2017)
C.R.S., 24-4.1-302.5. Rights Afforded to Victims (06/08/2017)
Expansion of the Colorado Crisis System 2017 Report (§ 27-60-103(6)(b), C.R.S.,11/1/2017)
SB18-249 Alternative Programs to Divert Individuals with Mental Health Condition (05/10/18)
SB18-250 Jail-based Behavioral Health Services (05/10/18)
SB18-251 Statewide Behavioral Health Court Liaison (05/10/18)
(Note: The above bills were subsequently signed into law...SB18-249 [5/30/18], SB18-250 [6/6/18], and SB18-251 [6/6/18].)
Medicaid reimbursement for jail detainees (06/07/18)
(Note: These materials were presented at the June 14, 2019 meeting of the Commission.)
S.B.17-207: Strengthen/Expand Behavioral Health (BH) Crisis System (Cristen Bates,OBH/CDHS^)
[See also, Expansion of the Colorado Crisis System 2017 Report (§ 27-60-103(6)(b), C.R.S.,11/1/2017)
and Expansion of the Colorado Crisis System 2018 Report (§ 27-60-103(6)(c), C.R.S.,5/1/2018)]
(see also, Strengthening Colorado's Mental Health System)
S.B.18-249: MH Diversion Pilot Programs - Presentation (Kara Martin, SCAO^)
S.B.18-249: MH Diversion Pilot Programs - Handout
(see also, Mental Health Diversion Program)
S.B.18-251: Court Liaison Bridges Program (Jennifer Turner, SCAO^)
Stepping Up. A national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails
(see also, Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jail... (January 2017). A partnership between National Association of Counties (naco.org), American Psychiatric Association Foundation (apafdn.org), & Council of State Governments: Justice Center (csgjusticecenter.org).
Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department (U.S. DOJ, 08/10/2016)
(see also, "Justice Department Announces Findings..." (Office of Public Affairs, U.S. DOJ, 08/10/2016), and
"Justice Department Focuses on Police Treatment of Mentally Ill" [Eric Tucker-AP, 08/30/2016] )
Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit (Bureau of Justice Assistance, pmhctoolkit.bja.gov/)
UPDATE (Equitas Foundation, Sept. 27, 2016)
[NOTE! Subsequently, Equitas merged with Mental Health of Colorado (mentalhealthcolorado.org).]
Course Corrections: Colorado Summit on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice
"On August 31, 2016, over two hundred experts and leaders in behavioral health and criminal justice from all over the state of Colorado gathered for Course Corrections: Colorado Summit on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice.* The purpose of this historical gathering was:
1) to acknowledge Colorado's urgent need for an alternative to incarceration and criminal justice system involvement for people living with mental illness and/or those who may be experiencing a behavioral health crisis,
2) to build consensus regarding what course corrections are most urgently required, and
3) to provide recommendations for overcoming barriers to reducing incarceration, improving behavioral health outcomes, and maintaining public safety.
On September 1, a smaller group was reconvened to consider the proposals and consensus of the previous day, so that a Course Corrections document might be produced. The objective of these pronouncements and recommendations is to represent the consensus formed within the Colorado community of specialists, that we may all share a concise common reference for focusing discussions and accelerating progress (see the final Colorado Course Corrections (2016) document).
Equitas has had much expert support in preparing this, and all acknowledgements are due to those who've contributed to and reviewed it. We accept responsibility and apologize for all errors and shortcomings.
If you'd like to share your thoughts or discuss applications of this document within your own work or organization, please contact us. We are happy to collaborate.
*Please visit our Course Corrections webpage for all additional resources associated with the summit: ___". Site no longer exists
Gwendolyn West, Project Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
18 Inverness Place East
Englewood, CO 80112
(w) 303-789-2664 x. 210
UPDATE (Equitas Project, October 2018)
On October 30 and 31 of 2018, experts and leaders in health, safety, and criminal justice from all over Colorado gathered for the Course Corrections: Steps to Health & Justice Summit.
(See the related page at, ___ Site no longer exists)
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