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Gov. John Hickenlooper directed CDHS to create a task force to examine issues of concern around mental health holds in Colorado. The request was included in the letter the governor issued in June 2016 when he vetoed Senate Bill 16-169, which addressed mental health hold practices.
In vetoing the bill, the Governor issued a statement that said, in part: “We agree that appropriate mental health facilities are not always readily available to treat persons having a mental health crisis. While well-intentioned, we are concerned that SB 16-169 does not provide adequate due process for individuals.”
In June 2016, CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha called for applicants to serve on the task force, and articulated a list of issues for the task force to address.
Specifically the Mental Health Hold Task Force was asked to meet a Jan. 1, 2017 deadline imposed by the Governor to make statutory, policy and administrative recommendations to:
The task force will meet regularly to address the issues at hand. The public is welcome, and encouraged to attend these meetings. The task force will post notice of these meetings on this website, as well as minutes from prior meetings.
On July 12, 2016, Director Bicha announced the members of the Mental Health Hold Task Force. They are:
Final Mental Health Hold Task Force Report