Child Mental Health Treatment Act

The Child Mental Health Treatment Act (CMHTA) (CRS 27-67-101, et seq.) was enacted into Colorado law in 1999 through House Bill 99-1116. The act allows families to access community, residential, and transitional treatment services for their child without requiring a dependency and neglect action, when there is no child abuse or neglect. To be eligible, a child must have a mental illness, be under the age of 18, and be at risk of out-of-home placement or at risk of further involvement with a county department of human/social services. The act applies to both Medicaid-eligible and non-Medicaid-eligible children, although the application and payment processes differ. Local and state-level appeal processes are available if services are denied, and for local interagency disputes.

Transition services provided to children served through the act include case management and post-discharge services provided by a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) to children admitted to a residential facility, in collaboration with families, community supports and agencies, and the residential facility. Community-based services include, but are not limited to, therapeutic foster care, intensive in-home treatment, intensive case management, and day treatment. Families interested in accessing these services should discuss this with the CMHTA liaison at their local CMHC.

For additional questions or assistance regarding the Child Mental Health Treatment Act, please contact the CMHTA Program Manager, Andrew Gabor, at 303.866.7422 or andrew.gabor@state.co.us.