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CMHIP is located on 300 plus acres in northwest Pueblo and is the state’s largest public psychiatric hospital and the only hospital serving the Forensic population.


CMHIP operates as an agency of the Colorado Department of Human Services and provides services for approximately 3,000 citizens per year, including those receiving out-patient Forensic evaluations.


We employ 953.3 FTE and have an annual budget of approximately $72.4 million. CMHIP is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.


Fees for service are assessed on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay. Medicaid and Medicare pay hospital costs for eligible clients. No one is denied admission due to the inability to pay.


Our current bed capacity is 451 and is allocated as follows:


Geriatric/Adult/Adolescent Psychiatric Services (GAAPS) :

Adult population (64 beds): Provides inpatient psychiatric evaluation and treatment to adults with acute mental illness. Individualized treatment programs are created to meet the needs of each patient.

Circle Program (20 beds): a specialty program, is unique in that it treats people who abuse substances and who also have serious psychiatric disorders.

Geriatric Treatment Center (40 beds): Provides inpatient geropsychiatric services to persons 59 years of age and older. Hospitalization is designed to provide acute psychiatric treatment to patients with social/behavioral problems, depression or dementia.

Locked Adolescent Unit (20 beds): Provides inpatient psychiatric care services for older children and adolescents in a locked setting.


Institute for Forensic Psychiatry (307 beds):

Serves individuals with mental illness referred by the criminal justice system. Evaluation and treatment services are provided to adults pre-trial, post-conviction or following acquittal by reason of insanity.