Text Size
Increase text size
Increase text size

CDHS Recognizes the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan for Outstanding Performance

CMHIFL C-stat Award

The Colorado Department of Human Services gave a "Best of C-Stat" award to the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHIFL) for reducing the use of seclusion at the facility to near zero for the last 15 months.

CMHIFL reduced the use of seclusion from 8.63 hours per 1,000 patient hours in February 2011 to an average of significantly less than one hour per 1,000 patient hours for the first six months in 2014. In fact, in June 2014, CMHIFL had zero incidents of seclusion and has exceeded the goal for the last 16 months.

Hospital staff employed several strategies to achieve this impressive outcome, embracing a trauma informed care philosophy that includes:

  • One-to-one staffing ratios for patients with more specialized needs; 
  • Patient care monitoring, bringing together the multidisciplinary team to proactively discuss strategies to help patients avoid physical interventions; and 
  • Checking with patients every two to four hours to prevent situations from escalating.

CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha was joined by members of the Department’s senior leadership team including Deputy Executive Director of Enterprise Partnerships Dee Martinez and Office of Behavioral Health Director Dr. Lisa Clements in presenting the award to Dr. Christopher Burke and the CMHIFL management team.

C-Stat is the Department’s performance management strategy that tracks more than 100 measures in real time across all of its programs to create positive outcomes for the people of Colorado.

New Online Tool Helps Mandatory Reporters Keep Kids Safe and Families Healthy

The Colorado Department of Human Services announced a new online training opportunity for mandatory reporters who are required by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

Under Colorado law, nearly 40 professions are required to report suspected child abuse and neglect. A recent CDHS survey found that while 79 percent of mandatory reporters surveyed knew that they were required to report abuse or neglect, nearly half could not recall if they had received any training to help them know when to report or how to report.


List of mandatory reporters