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CDHS's Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) manages several justice services programs in Colorado. Expand the sections below to learn more.
In accordance with 2 CCR 502-1 Behavioral Health Rules, OBH develops and enforces rules for licensed Level I and Level II DUI education and treatment programs. Visit the DUI Services page to learn more.
OBH 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.
Jagruti Shah, MA, LPC, CACIII
Manager- Offender Mental Health Programs
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SB 07-097 (commonly referred to as Senate Bill 97) was developed in response to Colorado’s significant growth in the demand for community-based mental health services for individuals with mental illness involved in local and state criminal justice systems. Through new funds authorized by the Colorado General Assembly (HB 07-1359, which is a complimentary bill to SB 07-097), the CDHS Office of Behavioral Health funds 11 mental health service programs by Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) for juvenile and adult offenders with mental health problems who are involved in the criminal justice system.
The SB-97 program initiative is intended to develop community-based services for juveniles and adults with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system in collaboration with identified community agencies and associated resources. Local projects are expected to set goals concerning the number and types of juveniles with serious emotional disorders (SED) and/or adults with serious mental illness (SMI) to be served. The program requires that CMHCs devote project resources to collecting necessary data to evaluate program effectiveness.
Services to be provided are intended to be the least restrictive and to address the following needs:
Assertive Community Treatment
Jagruti Shah, M.A., LPC, CAC III
Manager, Offender Mental Health Programs
Office of Behavioral Health
3824 W. Princeton Circle
Denver, CO 80236-3111