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The Office of Behavioral Health was allotted $5,366,446 for the Jail Based Behavioral Health Services (JBBS) Program. The JBBS program supports county sheriffs in providing screening, assessment and treatment for substance use disorders and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders to people who need such services while they are in jails. The program also creates partnerships for continuity of care in the community for the individuals needing services upon release from jail. The is funded through HB 10-1352, and expanded in October 2012 through SB 12-163.
The JBBS program funds provision of evidence-based behavioral health services, with continuity of care extending into the community. Sheriff departments are recipients of these funds, either individually, or as multiple county sheriff departments as a partnership. In accordance with the legislation, all funds are used to provide behavioral health services for adults with substance use disorders or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
Sheriff departments have partnered with local community providers who are currently licensed by OBH to provide services within the jail and have the capacity to provide free or low-cost services in the community to inmates upon release. Most programs have at least a clinician position to offer screenings, assessment and treatment in the jail and a case manager position dedicated to transitional care and a seamless re-entry in treatment services in the community. Treatment providers screen all inmates for presence of substance use disorders, mental health disorders, trauma and traumatic brain injury and identify inmates with active duty or veteran military status.
County jails using a JBBS program are:
Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Boulder, Cheyenne, Clear Creek, Conejos, Crowley, Delta, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Elbert, El Paso, Hinsdale, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, La Plata, Larimer, Logan, Moffat, Morgan, Montrose, Montezuma, Mesa, Otero, Ouray, Phillips, Pitkin, Pueblo, Prowers, Routt, San Miguel, Washington, Weld and Yuma.
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Jagruti Shah, Offender Mental Health Programs Manager
Office of Behavioral Health
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