OBH Releases Evaluation of the Jail-Based Behavioral Health Program

The Office of Behavioral Health and Correctional Treatment Board recently received the final statewide program evaluation report for The Jail Based Behavioral Health Services (JBBS) program. The JBBS program is administered by the Office of Behavioral Health and is funded through House Bill 10-1352 and was expanded through Senate Bill 12-163 creating the Correctional Treatment Cash Fund.  The JBBS program provides resources for the county jails to address the needs of individuals with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. Initiated in 2011 with twenty- four counties, the program is in its seventh year and has grown to 46 counties across the State.  This initial JBBS program evaluation examined both process elements of how the program is implemented across the counties as well as the outcomes and impact of the services provided. 

Despite variation in program implementation, there are program findings that demonstrate stability and consistency in its delivery. Over 25,000 individuals have received screening for behavioral health conditions and more importantly the JBBS enrollee receives on average 26 hours of services in jail. The preliminary findings on JBBS program outcomes suggest effectiveness in connecting individuals to community based behavioral health services. The program also appears to be impacting recidivism by reducing crimes related to substance use and or reducing the risk for violent crime. The Executive Summary and full report can be accessed here.