The Forensic Support Team Workgroup was created to serve as an informal executive group with the goal of improving interagency partnerships and working together to develop and support the FST.
Outpatient Restoration services continue to deliver programming remotely due to the COVID-19 crisis. Among many recent positive accomplishments, Outpatient Restoration no longer has a waitlist for restoration services in any area of the state. The team continues to troubleshoot minor issues and has accommodated client needs with little exception.
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.
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.
The Long Bill brought cuts to almost every line item pertaining to community-based mental health, substance use treatment and prevention services, and integrated behavioral health services, totaling more than $20 million in cuts to the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) Community Programs Division for Fiscal Year 20-21.
The Colorado Department of Human Services is deeply saddened by the killing of George Floyd and stands against racism in all of its manifestations. At the Office of Behavioral Health, we are challenging ourselves and all of our partners to reflect on how we promote equity in our policies and work.