Colorado's Involuntary Mental Health Treatment System Explained

Colorado’s system of care and treatment for mental health is established in Colorado statute (Title 27, Article 65, C.R.S., commonly referred to as "27-65"), and further defined in OBH rule (Volume 2 CCR 502-1). This resource offers guidance on navigating the laws and rules on mental health care and treatment in our state. If you or a loved one is in need of immediate help for a behavioral health crisis, contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255.

In Colorado, individuals may access mental health care and treatment in multiple ways, but all mental health care and treatment services must:

  • Maintain a person’s dignity and integrity;
  • Be provided in a restrictive setting only when less restrictive setting are unavailable and when safety is endangered;
  • Protect people’s privacy, dignity, and other rights;
  • Encourage the use of voluntary services;
  • Inform and encourage family involvement when appropriate; and,
  • Facilitate the recovery and resiliency of each person.

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[Colorado Revised Statutes Part 101 of Article 65 of Title 27]

Additional Resources
If you are looking for resources on alcohol and substance use disorder emergency commitments/involuntary commitments: www.colorado.gov/cdhs/alcohol-drug-emergency-commitmentalcohol-drug-involuntary-commitment
If you are looking for resources regarding Forensic Services: www.colorado.gov/cdhs/obh-forensic-services
If you are looking to find behavioral health service providers: www.colorado.gov/ladders