Guidelines for Selecting Mental Health Therapies

The Office of Children Youth and Families supports health care practices that improve the well-being of our clients and minimize chances of adverse outcomes. This standard applies to psychotherapy and related talk or activity-based therapeutic interventions used to treat mental health or behavioral concerns. In that spirit, we have written a series guidelines to outline principles of safe, effective therapies, as well as characteristics of ineffective or potentially harmful therapies. The goal embodied in these guidelines is that our fellow Coloradans living with mental illnesses are cared for with competence by caring and well-informed professionals.

The document below is a guide for mental health providers and administrators that serve clients of OCYF and local county departments of human/social services. Clients, caregivers and interested citizens are also encouraged to access it freely. (You can download the PDF here.)