JERP is a unique collaboration between the community mental health and corrections systems in one of the largest and most geographically diverse counties in Colorado. The program was developed to increase public safety and reduce criminal recidivism by providing wrap-around services to prison inmates who are diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness and are paroling to Jefferson County. Jefferson Center for Mental Health, Interventions Community Corrections Services (ICCS) and the Department of Corrections (DOC), Colorado Department of Public Safety-Division of Criminal Justice and Jefferson County Justice Services are the partners for this special program that provides transitional housing, wrap around mental health and substance abuse treatment, community re-integration and correctional supervision services. A multidisciplinary team, comprised of a full-time ICCS Case Manager, a full-time DOC Parole Officer, two full time Jefferson Center mental health/substance abuse clinicians, a part-time Jefferson Center nurse and supervision from all three entities work to assess, evaluate and provide services to offenders. With SB 97 funding, the program has been expanded to include a Transition Case Manager to assist with obtaining/locating referrals from DOC into JERP and then from JERP to community, upon completion of the residential program.
Lori Swanson-Lamm, Director of Intensive Services
CrossRoads is a successful pilot program initially developed with funding from SAMHSA to provide intensive mental health and substance abuse treatment to youth on probation. With funding from SB 97, CrossRoads was expanded to accommodate the needs of youth at various points along the juvenile justice spectrum and expanded the age range of children served to ages 10-22.
CrossRoads targets adolescents and young adults who have mental health issues and are at risk of juvenile justice involvement, or have been municipally charged, and/or are on probation. Youth are referred through the Jefferson County Juvenile Assessment Center (JCJAC), the 1st Judicial Probation Department, Truancy Court or other Jefferson Center programs. Referring partners determines referral eligibility through the Maysi-2 mental health screening tool.
The youth referred to CrossRoads will demonstrate a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, bi-polar, and ADHD. Based on Jefferson Center’s experience with the CrossRoads population, many of these youth will enter the system with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. Often these youth are experiencing challenges in multiple systems, including schools, communities and families. Providing appropriate services and interventions early on in a youth’s juvenile justice trajectory helps steer youth to a more positive path. CrossRoads offers age-appropriate services at The ROAD, a youth drop-in center at 6175 West 38th Avenue in Wheat Ridge and the new JAC site on the 6th Ave. frontage Road between Simms and Kipling, in Lakewood. Services will be available Mon- Fri from 9- 6 with occasional evening hours. In-home service can be provided when necessary.
Many of the services and supports offered through CrossRoads are essential to the healthy development of any adolescent, but because these youth have combined issues of mental health and a history with the juvenile justice system, the services and supports are even more critical. CrossRoads will offer an array of services that will be individualized based on the needs of specific youth and their families. Services may include:
A typical intervention is 3-6 months, based upon the individual needs of the clients.
For additional information contact the CrossRoads Program at 303-432-5851.
Additionally, you may contact Linda Nordin 303-432-5200, Director of Family Services at
Jefferson Center for Mental Health