Current law requires a competency report to include an opinion regarding whether a defendant can be restored to competency and participate in their own defense. SB 20-181 made updates to the competency reporting requirements effective July 1, 2020:
The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is committed to providing behavioral health providers with additional guidance and resources throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency. This webpage will serve as the hub for all COVID-19-related information from OBH.
This July the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) is recognizing Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to underscore the importance of improving access to mental health treatment and breaking down barriers to care. We chatted with Amanda Daniel, Cultural Relevance Manager at the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, to learn how providers can adapt services to honor the unique needs of their clients.
The Forensic Support Team (FST) is the primary contact for OBH competency services and supports moving forensic clients to and from jails to inpatient or outpatient restoration. In June, the FST planned for the forensic navigators to re-enter jails to resume face-to-face interactions with clients. However, those plans were postponed due to the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19.
The Silverthread Public Health District Board will be meeting virtually on Thursday, July 23, 2020 beginning at 10 am. To join the meeting virtually, please go to zoom.us and enter meeting id: 8180717107341 and passcode: 305157. You may also call in: 1-669-900-9128 and use the same meeting and passcode.
On July 13, Governor Polis signed Senate Bill (SB) 20-007 consolidating and modernizing Colorado's laws regarding the emergency treatment and voluntary and involuntary commitment of persons for treatment of alcohol use disorder and substance use disorder (SUD).
Julia Lamb is the music therapist at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHIFL). Over the past four years, she has facilitated animal-assisted therapy (AAT) sessions with Bentley, the dog, and his handler, Arne. With AAT, clients often brighten and engage in ways not experienced or observed in other forms of therapy or interactions.
Mineral County Board of County Commissioners will hold their mid-month meeting virtually on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 beginning at 9 am. The courthouse will be closed to public access. To participate in the meeting go to zoom.us. Meeting ID: 605-765-8417, Meeting Password: April 21. Agenda
Colorado SB208 was signed by Governor Polis on July 7, 2020, to renew the Domestic Abuse Tax Check-off before the end of the session. Click below to learn more about the program and watch Governor Polis sign the bill!
DVP awards contracts on the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY), which begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. We are currently in the Federal Fiscal Year 2020 (FFY20). Our federal partners who administer the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act have recently notified each state of their FFY21 award amount. Learn more about next steps by clicking below.