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Colorado Mental Health Institute Division

The Mental Health Institute Division is comprised of two state-operated psychiatric hospitals with a combined 568 beds, providing comprehensive inpatient psychiatric, psychological, rehabilitation and therapeutic care to indigent individuals with serious mental illness. Over the last two fiscal years, the number of individuals admitted to the Institutes declined 21 percent (from 2,831 to 2,245) due in part to the closure of the geriatric, adolescent and children’s treatment units at Fort Logan.

Between FY 2008-09 and FY 2009-10, the Institutes reduced the number of patients readmitted to inpatient psychiatric units within 180 days by 9.3 percent. The Institutes continue to expand the use of the evidence-based recovery model. Recovery is a collaborative, active growth process by which patients move towards increased independence, hope, personal identity and a goal driven and meaningful life not dominated by symptoms of mental illness.

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Colorado Mental Health Institute – Fort Logan (CMHI-FL)

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan provides inpatient services to adults with long-term serious mental illness who are difficult to serve in community settings or traditional inpatient psychiatric settings. Most are referred for admission by the community mental health centers. Effective January 1, 2010 the Department closed three inpatient treatment units (59 beds) for children, adolescent and geriatric patients at Fort Logan. The Department continues to operate four adult inpatient units with a total capacity of 94 beds and a 20-bed therapeutic residential child-care facility.

Budget - $19,882955

# of FTE - 252.2 FTE


Colorado Mental Health Institute – Pueblo (CMHI-P)

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo provides inpatient psychiatric care to adult, adolescent and geriatric civilly committed patients. Referrals for civil commitments come from the state’s community mental health centers. It also houses the state’s forensic population, including medium and maximum-security residents at the Institute for Forensic Psychiatry, which opened in 2009 and is the only forensic psychiatric hospital in the state. The new facility evaluates and treats individuals who have been court ordered there after being found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. The forensic hospital also admits individuals from county jails requiring competency evaluations within specified time frames. Between FY 2004-05 and 2009-10, the number of forensics patients referred by the courts for competency evaluations increased 215 percent.

Budget - $68,827,749

# of FTE - 923.0 FTE


Division of Behavioral Health (DBH)

The Division of Behavioral Health oversees publicly funded behavioral health community prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery programs for persons who are not eligible for Medicaid services. Behavioral Health refers to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness and substance abuse. The Division is responsible for a wide array of programs, services, and mission-critical functions including, but not limited to: licensing, designation and regulatory standards for mental health and substance abuse treatment; behavioral health policy development; contracting for service delivery; consultation, training, and technical assistance; facilitation of interagency collaborations and partnerships; data collection, reporting, analysis, and evaluation; and grants management.

Budget - $107,487,482

# of FTE - 66.9 FTE

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