Text Size
Increase text size
Increase text size

Mental Health Center of Denver




SB 07-097 Community Mental Health Criminal Justice Initiative Program


MHCD’s mission “Enriching Lives and Minds by Focusing on Strengths and Recovery” is the guiding force behind our strengths-based, recovery oriented treatment philosophy. Consumers are involved with shaping their own recovery which gives them a real chance to regain control over their lives. A large segment of the offender population has experienced homelessness, which has its own unique culture and values.  Another important consideration is the large percentage of participants who have a history of trauma or exposure to violence.  It is challenging to identify the belief systems of an entire group of individuals, each with distinct life experiences, cultures and belief systems. Through development of an individualized service plan at program entry, an individual’s own cultural considerations will be honored and incorporated into treatment planning thus increasing the likelihood of successful recovery.


Services to Adults: MHCD has a strong history of implementing evidence-based interventions which build on consumer strengths and develop skills that allow consumers to recover, reduce dependence on the service system, and move into permanent supportive housing outside of the criminal justice system.  The DCJI program builds on a very successful high intensity treatment approach that MHCD has employed for more than 13 years—Assertive Community Treatment.  The program has created more capacity to meet the growing need for access to appropriate community treatment services as well as creating a seamless system of services for adults with serious mental illness who are seen frequently in the criminal justice system.  


Target Population of Adults: 

  • Adults, 18 years and older;
  • Who are diagnosed by a mental health professional as having a Serious Mental Illness (SMI);
  • Who are involved in the criminal justice system (defined as charged with or adjudicated for an offense); and
  • Who reside in or are homeless within the City and County of Denver.


Services to Juveniles:  MHCD’s Child and Family Service Program is one of Denver’s leading resources for comprehensive treatment for a range of emotional and behavioral disorders in children ages 0-18. DCJI treatment services will be comprised of a Mental Health Clinician located at Denver Juvenile Probation, and a Mental Health Clinician located at the juvenile assessment center known as the Denver Youth Services Center. 


Target Population of Juveniles: 

  • Youth between the ages of 10-17;
  • Who are diagnosed by a mental health professional as having a Serious Emotional Disorder (SED);
  • Who are involved with or at-risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system; and
  • Who reside in or are homeless within the City and County of Denver.


Policies on Client Admission: Adults and youth who have a serious mental illness, who are involved or at-risk of involvement with the criminal justice system, and who do not have Medicaid.


Number of Consumers Served: The DCJI adult program will serve 30 consumers at any given time and will serve approximately 36 total consumers annually as some graduate from the program and some leave for other reasons.  All program participants will receive Assertive Community Treatment services. Approximately 25 consumers will need and receive Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment in the first year. Approximately 13 consumers will participate in Trauma Recovery and Empowerment model services in the first year. 


The DCJI juvenile program will serve 27 juveniles and their families who will receive best practice, outpatient, and community-based services through this initiative.


Contact Information

Beth Coleman, MS
Director of Managed Care
4141 E Dickenson Place
Denver, CO 80222

Adult Program
Jay Flynn, JD
Deputy Director Adult Recovery Services
1733 Vine Street
Denver, CO 80206


Juvenile Program

Lynn Garst, MEd
Child and Family Associate Director
4141 E Dickenson PlaceDenver, CO 80222
Kevin Dougherty
Intensive Treatment and Resource Services
1440 Grove Street
Denver, CO 80204

Mental Health Center of Denver
Website: http://www.mhcd.org/