Colorado Behavioral Health Task Force members to be announced soon

DENVER (June 7, 2019) — The Colorado Department of Human Services will soon announce the members of the newly created Behavioral Health Task Force. The task force will evaluate Colorado’s behavioral health system and create a roadmap with the goal of enabling all Coloradans experiencing behavioral health needs to receive timely, high-quality services in their communities.  

CDHS received 476 applications for the task force, which shows how important this topic is to Coloradans. The applicants offer a broad range of demographics, expertise and experiences. There were applications from all over the state of Colorado, representing consumers or family members of behavioral health services, state and local government, law enforcement, behavioral health providers, and other groups.

“We are thrilled with the overwhelming amount of interest and support in addressing this topic to make the lives of Coloradans better,” said CDHS Executive Director Michelle Barnes. “This task force will combine the experience, credentials and passion of Coloradans, and I can confidently say this is a topic which we can all work together on and rally around. The Department of Human Services is looking forward to spearheading this important topic and roadmap to make sure Colorado offers a robust, efficient, cohesive and innovative behavioral health system.” 

If you have questions, contact Madlynn Ruble, Deputy Director of Communications, by email at; or by phone at 303-866-3411 (office) or 303-253-4047 (cell).