The current behavioral health system lacks adequate capacity to deliver intensive community-based behavioral health services for clients who have been committed/certified/ or are voluntarily receiving emergency-stabilization behavioral health treatment services.
The Office of Behavioral Health identified the need for an increase in service capacity to more seamlessly address the service needs of those individuals who have been committed/certified/ or are voluntarily receiving emergency stabilization behavioral health treatment services.
The program created positions for Transition Specialists and Peer Bridgers that assist clients and communities statewide in managing the transition from hospitalization to less restrictive alternatives, employing a wraparound services approach.
The Transition Specialists will assist adult and juvenile clients in accessing services and benefit acquisition, coordinating various services and funding sources, identifying and strengthening formal and informal community resources, and mobilizing helping networks.
The supports provided by the specialists will complement and enhance the services provided by Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) providers.
The Transition Specialists will facilitate community reintegration and manage funds (Money Follows the Individual) for wraparound services which are not otherwise supported with insurance or other funding sources for persons transitioning from the two state mental health institutes.
The priority for the service will be for individuals who have been hospitalized at either the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo or the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan. The service will mainly focus on individuals on the discharge barrier wait list, but will also provide a service for any clients at the Institutes that meet the following criteria:
Transition Specialists will coordinate of ongoing, individualized care planning and will work to ensure the provision of all wrap around services including, but not limited to, the following:
Katie Herrmann, LCSW
MHI Transition Program Manager
Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
Direct line: 303-361-8124
Jagruti Shah, M.A., LPC, CAC III
Manager, Offender Mental Health Programs
Colorado Office of Behavioral Health
3824 West Princeton Circle
Denver, CO 80236-3111