The Office of Behavioral Health has formed a team who oversee programs for people with behavioral health needs who are involved in some way with the criminal justice system. The Office maintains a regulatory responsibility for behavioral health services and also provides financial support for services using federal and state funding. Additionally, the Office often administers discretionary grants.
Too often, people with addictions and/or mental illnesses get involved in the criminal justice system. Unfortunately, these people have a greater recidivism risk when the appropriate clinical interventions and behavioral healthcare are not available. Conversely, effective intervention and treatment not only aids the individuals and families to have a healthier and more productive life, but also leads to greater public safety. The Office strongly believes that quality healthcare, which includes effective behavioral healthcare is a key to healthy and safe communities. It is good policy to provide the best quality behavioral health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services to people involved, or at risk of involvement with the criminal justice system.
A great deal of inter-departmental work is done between the Office of Behavioral Health and other state agencies, such as Department of Public Safety, Department of Corrections, State Judicial and Department of Revenue and many of the work Divisions within these other state agencies. Through collaborative efforts, we hope to change the trend of people with behavioral health needs finding their way into the criminal justice system, and we hope to help those who already have criminal justice involvement to get the appropriate services to help them on their path to recovery. The work done to oversee, design, and support effective programming is in alignment with the Office's Mission Statement. Our mission is intended for all Coloradoans.