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 June 2020, with anticipated implementation of recommendations starting in July 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.

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Public Testimonies

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.
 

The BHTF will be offering at least one public testimony opportunity each month through June 2020. The following dates and locations have been identified thus far in the table below. 

Anyone wishing to testify will need to register at www.calendly.com/BHTF by 10 am on the previous business day. Please review further instructions and details here.

**Note that remote participants can use audio on their computers or phone**

*Note: The public testimony originally scheduled for April 2nd, 2020 has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. Please direct any questions to youngsin.joh@state.co.us

Date

Time

Physical Location

Video/Telephone Options

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

 Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing, Hibiscus Conference Room

1570 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203

https://zoom.us/j/9166858148 
or 1-669-900-6833 Meeting ID: 916 685 8148  

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Colorado Department of Human Services, 8th Floor C-Stat Conference Room

1575 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203

https://zoom.us/j/9166858148 
or 1-669-900-6833, Meeting ID: 916 685 8148  

 

 

At the Table newsletter

Members

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

Meeting schedule

Note: The Behavioral Health Task Force and Subcommittees are not formally meeting through April 17th, 2020. However, there are optional virtual workgroups that are discussing various topics, and the information for those meetings can be found on the calendar below.

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