The Office of Behavioral Health administers and oversees the State's two Mental Health Institutes: the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) and the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHIFL). The Office of Behavioral Health is responsible for policy development, service provision and coordination, program monitoring and evaluation, and administrative oversight for the State's behavioral health system.
The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) operates 451 inpatient psychiatric beds, including 144 beds for civilly committed individuals and 307 beds for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Referrals for civil commitments come from the state's community mental health centers. The hospital staff works with community mental health center staff, mental health professionals, patients, families, and mental health advocacy groups to return patients to the community as rapidly as possible.
CMHIP's Institute for Forensic Psychiatry (IFP) is the only forensic psychiatric hospital in the state. IFP evaluates defendants in criminal cases for competency to stand trial, restores defendants to competency, and treats individuals found not guilty by reason of insanity. Over the last several fiscal years, CMHIP has experienced a dramatic increase in number of individuals referred by the criminal courts to CMHIP for inpatient evaluation of competency to stand trial and restoration to competency. The number of inpatient competency examinations increased by 351 percent (from 61 to 275) from FY 2004-05 to FY 2011-12.
FY 2011-12 Admissions: 1,283
FY 2012-13 Budget: $72,407,159 and 953.5 FTE
The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan operates 94 inpatient psychiatric beds for adults with a serious mental illness. Fort Logan receives its referrals from the State’s community mental health centers. The hospital staff works with community mental health center staff, mental health professionals, patients, families, and mental health advocacy groups to return patients to the community as rapidly as possible.
FY 2011-12 Admissions: 495
FY 2012-13 Budget: $20,052,908 and 214.6 FTE
Both Institutes are licensed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; certified for Medicaid and Medicare participation by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and accredited by the Joint Commission. Joint Commission accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting performance standards.