Forensic Support Team's Jail Re-Entry Criteria

The Forensic Support Team (FST) is the primary contact for OBH competency services and supports moving forensic clients to and from jails to inpatient or outpatient restoration. In June, the FST planned for the forensic navigators to re-enter jails to resume face-to-face interactions with clients. However, those plans were postponed due to the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19.

To minimize COVID-19 infection risk for clients, the FST continues to monitor:

  1. 1.    Infection risk among the general public, clients, stakeholders, and co-workers; 
  2. 2.    Sick individuals or those particularly at high risk of infection;
  3. 3.    Staff’s individual risk factors.

The FST will follow federal, state and local recommendations, orders, and direction for situations that may arise as a result of outbreaks, such as social distancing measures, personal protective equipment (PPE) use, delivering services remotely, travel restrictions, and other exposure-reducing measures.

Jail Re-entry Criteria

  1.  The FST may resume face-to-face jail visits under the following circumstances: 
  2.  When there are no federal, state, or local stay-at-home orders
  3. When the county jail allows visits
  4. When proper PPE is available
  5. When, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, there is no current viral outbreak within a facility or when the facility is cleared of all viral outbreaks
  6. When there are no travel restrictions due to outbreaks
  7. After staff has completed training on virus prevention and personal protection

The FST will not enter any jail with ongoing investigations into virus outbreaks. Visit the Forensic Services webpage to learn more about the FST.