Equitas is pleased to announce a partnership with the Office of the Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper. Equitas applauds Governor Hickenlooper’s longstanding commitment to addressing gaps in behavioral healthcare in the state.

 

 

Recent Progress

Mental Health Hold Task Force
○ Eight Detailed Recommendations to address M1 Holds
Find the Report Here

Colorado Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice
○ Four Detailed Recommendations to address M1 Holds
Find Those Recommendations Here

Equitas Course Corrections
○ 18 Detailed Recommendations to address Crisis Services
Find the Report Here

 

Future Opportunity

We have begun to change how we manage behavioral health in our jails and prisons, but mental health and substance abuse issues occur throughout our justice system and communities, affecting both juveniles and adults.

 

Every effort should be made to provide individuals with quality, person-centered, and cost effective behavioral health care at the earliest sign of need.

● Preventive and early intervention is less expensive, and will minimize interactions with the justice system, reduce incarceration, and improve health outcomes and public safety.
● For those already justice-involved, we must improve the continuity of care as individuals move from arrest to incarceration to reentry to community.

 

Proposed Solution

Working with partners, create a Comprehensive Strategic Plan that will streamline care and funding, focus on creating better health and public safety outcomes, and help consumers get the help they need.

Review the Behavioral Health Task Force’s One-Pager.

Our Next Steps

First meeting of Advisory Committee – vision/goal setting
Task Force meetings (6 months)
Final Recommendations from Task Force January 2018

First draft Strategic Plan
Prepare any budget recommendations
Final draft Strategic Plan
Prepare any legislative recommendations