The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) was allotted $3,066,446 for the Jail Based Behavioral Health Services Program. The JBBS program supports County Sheriffs in providing screening, assessment and treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders to people who need such services while they are in jails. In October 2011 (HB 10-1352), OBH contracted with County Sheriff’s Departments to serve twenty three counties to provide behavioral health and transition support services for offenders in jails. In October 2012 (SB 12-163), the Correctional Treatment Board voted to fund and expand the Jail Based Behavioral Health Services Program to additional counties across the State. An additional thirteen counties have JBBS programs effective July 1, 2013.
The JBBS program funds provision of evidence-based behavioral health services, with continuity of care extending into the community. Sheriff Departments are recipients of these funds, either individually, or as multiple County Sheriff Departments as a partnership. In accordance with the legislation, all funds are used to provide behavioral health services for adults (18 years of age and older) with substance use disorders or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
Sheriff Departments have partnered with local community provider(s) who are currently licensed by the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) to provide services within the jail, and have the capacity to provide free or low cost services in the community to inmates upon release. Most programs have at least a clinician position to offer screenings, assessment and treatment in the jail and a case manager position dedicated to transitional care and a seamless re-entry in treatment services in the community. Treatment providers screen all inmates for presence of substance use disorders, mental health disorders, trauma and traumatic brain injury and identify inmates with active duty or veteran military status.
The county jails that have a JBBS program are:
Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Boulder, Conejos, Cheyenne, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Elbert, El Paso, Hinsdale, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, Kit Carson, La Plata, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Montrose, Montezuma, Mesa, Ouray, Phillips, Pueblo, Routt, San Miguel, Washington, Yuma.
For the program brochure click here .
Jagruti Shah, MA, LPC, CACIII
Manager- Offender Mental Health Programs
Phone: (303) 866-7504