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Civil Commitments Task Force

Civil Commitment Statute Review Task Force

House Bill 13-1296 (Rep. Beth McCann/Sen. Linda Newell) created the Civil Commitment Statute Review Task Force.

The Task Force is charged with making recommendations to the Executive Director of the Department of Human Services and the Colorado General Assembly concerning the consolidation of mental health, alcohol and substance abuse statutes related to civil commitments. Specifically, the Task Force is charged with making recommendations concerning the following:


  • The method of statutory consolidation, including any change to statute language;
  • The effect of consolidation on detoxification facilities and emergency holds;
  • Involuntary commitment for treatment;
  • The alignment of the civil commitment statute with the statewide behavioral health crisis response system;
  • The clarification and codification of definitions in the behavioral health statutes;
  • The length of emergency and long-term commitments;
  • Patient rights and advocacy resources; and any other issues the task force deems relevant.
A written report outlining the recommendations of the Task Force is due to the Department, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee on November 1, 2013.


The Task Force meets every other Tuesday, starting July 9th and continuing through October 29th at 1575 Sherman in Conference Rooms 4A/4B from 8 -10 a.m.
Work groups

  • Definitions
  • Statutory Consolidation
  • Age/Geographic
  • Special Populations

Click here for a list of members of the Task Force as appointed by Colorado Department of Human Services Director Reggie Bicha.

Civil Commitment Task Force Report

2013 Civil Commitment Task Force Cover Letter House

2013 Civil Commitment Task Force Cover Letter Senate