State in mental-health crisis


State in mental-health crisis

Violent episodes, lack of services spur push for funds
Mental-health program proposals

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s proposed $18.5 million plan for mental-health programs includes plans to:

Create a statewide mental-health hotline and establish five, 24/7 walk-in crisis centers allowing a stay of up to five days: $10.3 million.

Expand hospital capacity, particularly for jail inmates: $2.1 million.

Add community care, including two 15-bed residential facilities and more housing vouchers: $4.8 million.

Build a mental-health/substance-abuse data system, add de-escalation rooms and peer support at state mental hospitals: $1.4 million.

Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council proposals (an additional $1.27 million):

Expand from five crisis locations to 13, building on existing services.

Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee staff proposal (an additional $9.5 million):

Add a mobile crisis unit, $5.9 million.

Add nonhospital respite facilities, $3.6 million.

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