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The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) provides evaluation, treatment and other services to the forensic population statewide. Forensic clients are individuals who are diagnosed with mental health disorders, involved in the criminal justice system, and are either currently incarcerated or living in the community. In order to best serve this population, OBH’s Forensic Services team works across all settings, including the Mental Health Institutes, jails, and the community.
Forensic Services consists of four departments: Court Services, Forensic Community Based Services (FCBS), Jail Based Evaluation and Restoration, and Outpatient Restoration Services. These departments are responsible for coordinating, managing and responding to court orders for forensic evaluation and related forensic services statewide.
Vision: Forensic Services will develop, implement, monitor and enhance high-quality programs in the least restrictive environment in collaboration with our stakeholders to support the mission of Colorado Courts.
Values: In Forensic Services, we strive to:
For this may lead to innovation, growth and success.
Admissions based on need:
This system will create new language that will appear in the initial competency evaluations that will work to screen each Pretrial Detainee to help make recommendations to the committing court as to the most clinically appropriate level of care to restore the individual to competency. This will help us ensure that patients are connected to the most appropriate care based on their individual needs. This includes new language and assessment criteria to assign patients a Tier 1 or Tier 2 status. The recently passed legislation requires that the Department implement a set of policies related to this requirement to achieve the following outcomes:
Launch date: 6/1/2019
Forensic Support Team:
This new team will serve as a centralized structure for stakeholders to immediately access detailed information about programs, clients, and settings. The Forensic Services Support Team consists of a Supervising Coordinator and 15 Forensic Navigators strategically placed throughout the state. The Forensic Navigators will interface with clients ordered to competency and restoration services, interface with courts, jails, mental health providers, and other agencies to assist with case coordination, and act as a central point of contact overseeing an individual’s continuum of care from point of entry to point of exit. The hiring efforts are in process for these positions.
Expected time frame of launch: 8/1/2019
Download a one-page Court Services program profile.
The following charts outline each step of the Competency and Restoration processes:
Download the Forensic Services Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Announcement.
Definitions related to Sanity can be found in C.R.S. 16-8-101.5, C.R.S. 16-8-102.
Definitions related to Competency can be found in C.R.S. 16-8.5-101.
All Forensic Services comply with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) provisions for the privacy and security of client Protected Health Information. Access the Behavioral Health Care Compliance Toolbox for related rules, regulations and resources.