Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force


On April 8, 2019, Gov. Jared Polis directed the Colorado Department of Human Services to spearhead Colorado’s Behavioral Health Task Force. The mission of the task force is to evaluate and set the roadmap to improve the current behavioral health system in the state. This includes developing Colorado’s “Behavioral Health Blueprint” by the fall of 2020, with anticipated implementation of recommendations starting in late 2020.

The task force is comprised of 25 members. There are also three subcommittees with 25 members each. Those subcommittees are:

State Safety Net: This subcommittee shall offer a roadmap to ensure that every Coloradan, regardless of acuity level, ability to pay, or co-occurring disabilities, can obtain appropriate behavioral health services in their community. 

Children's Behavioral Health: This subcommittee should develop a plan to address how we deliver and manage children’s behavioral health and improve outcomes. 

Long-Term Competency: Consistent with a recent consent decree entered into by the Colorado Department of Human Services, this subcommittee should develop a comprehensive plan for individuals in the criminal justice system who have been found incompetent to proceed and future solutions to increase community interventions as a means to reduce demand on forensic solutions to mental health.

COVID-19 Special Assignment Committee: In May of 2020, Governor Polis directed the Behavioral Health Task Force to create a new Covid-19 Special Assignment Committee, co-chaired by the Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The goal of this special assignment committee is to:

  1. Create an interim report that highlights the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on the behavioral health system, including access to behavioral health services, especially for vulnerable and underserved populations.

  2. Evaluate the behavioral health crisis response in Colorado to COVID-19 and provide recommendations for the Behavioral Health Task Force's blueprint on improvements of behavioral health services for response during any potential future crisis.

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Public Testimonies

**Note: We plan to hold a listening session pending the release of the Blueprint in mid-August. Members of the public should continue to check on the webpage for any updates. 

The Behavioral Health Task Force (BHTF) wants to hear from the public about their journey within the Behavioral Health system; the challenges that are still being worked through, suggestions to make the behavioral health system work for all Coloradans, the groups where support has been found, and the resources that helped find success.

Click below to view or listen to testimonies.
These videos are used to inform the BHTF about personal journeys and experiences through the behavioral health system in Colorado. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed by the individuals appearing in the videos belong solely to those individuals.  They do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the Colorado Department of Human Services.  The inclusion of these videos on the BHTF's website does not constitute any endorsement by the Colorado Department of Human Services of the views expressed therein.


At the Table newsletter


Click below to expand the membership lists for the main Task Force and three subcommittees.

Meeting schedule

Consistent with the Americans with Disability Act, the Behavioral Health Task Force is committed to being accessible to all members of the community. To make an accessibility accommodation request for an upcoming meeting, please fill out this form.

Meeting Resources

Click below to expand the meeting resources for the main Task Force and three subcommittees.

Community Conversations

Resources and links

News coverage