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Colorado’s system of care and treatment for mental health is established in Colorado statute (Title 27, Article 65, C.R.S., commonly referred to as "27-65"), and further defined in OBH rule (Volume 2 CCR 502-1). This resource offers guidance on navigating the laws and rules on mental health care and treatment in our state. If you or a loved one is in need of immediate help for a behavioral health crisis, contact Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255.
In Colorado, individuals may access mental health care and treatment in multiple ways, but all mental health care and treatment services must:
This section provides a breakdown of C.R.S. 27-65 and OBH rule as well as the OBH 27-65 Procedure Manual to assist in locating relevant sections of statute and regulation.
► Access C.R.S. 27-65 Statutes
Explanation of 27-65 Rules (for designated facilities)
The Office of Behavioral Health Rule Volume 2 CCR 502-1 provides detailed regulatory requirements for mental health services provided on a voluntary basis and an involuntary basis for those providers that are designated by the Office of Behavioral Health. While Title 27, Article 65, C.R.S. provides for the establishment of mental health service provision for any person seeking services on a voluntary basis and establishes provisions for the administration for mental health service provision on an involuntary basis, the OBH rules are only written and enforced with regard to designated facilities. A designated facility is a facility approved by OBH pursuant to the provisions of the Care and Treatment of Persons with Mental Health Disorders. OBH is charged with ensuring that the procedures set forth in both statute and regulation are carried out in a manner that is in accordance with the law, and that all persons treated under this law in relation to a designation are afforded the rights given them by law. If those rights are restricted, all laws and procedures are followed in order to uphold the civil rights of those individuals.
► Access Office of Behavioral Health Rule Volume 2 CCR 502-1
The Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) 27-65 Procedure Manual was developed and designed to assist designated facilities in meeting the requirements of Title 27, Article 65, C.R.S. and OBH Rule Volume 2 CCR 502-1. The manual is a complementary guide to be used in conjunction with the Behavioral Health rules and regulations. The manual provides information that is covered in statute and provides practical guidance to facilities in establishing and carrying out procedures when providing care and treatment to persons with a mental health disorder.
► Access the OBH 27-65 Procedure Manual
► Access the OBH 27-65 Procedure Manual Appendix
► Access the M-0.5 Form (Involuntary Transportation)
► Access the M Forms
The Office of Behavioral Health, in the Department of Human Services, is responsible for:
[Colorado Revised Statutes Part 101 of Article 65 of Title 27]