OBHS unites partners across Denver to improve the mental wellbeing of our entire community and help thousands of people get their lives back. We believe that visionary leaders in the public, private, faith-based, and non-profit sectors can find better ways to meet our citizens’ mental-health needs. So we build connections that foster collaboration and innovation, and help good ideas get off the ground with expert guidance and resources. As a result, more effective support for mental wellbeing is reducing the strain on critical city services and connecting people with the real supports they need to be healthy in every part of life.
In addition to collaborating with partners to pursue innovations that promote mental wellbeing, and building connections between organizations forging their own collaborations, OBHS directly supports the ongoing work of the Crime Prevention and Control Commission (CPCC).
The CPCC is committed to improving safety and reducing incidences of crime, recidivism, and jail time for Denver residents, especially those who experience mental health or substance abuse challenges. The CPCC unites leaders from Denver’s police, criminal justice, corrections, city government, health, education, and legislative systems, among others. The CPCC was created by City Ordinance in 2005.
Finding new ways to help Denver’s young people thrive has long been a focus of the shared work by Denver Juvenile Probation and OBHS. Most recently, the partnership has played a key role in responding to Colorado’s marijuana legalization by helping to ensure that Denver kids understand the laws, impacts and consequences surrounding marijuana use. Denver Juvenile Probation and OBHS, through its Crime Prevention and Control Commission, have also partnered to pioneer the Denver Juvenile Service Center, which brought together a wide variety of services and supports that were previously difficult for youth and their families to access.
Shawn Cohn, Chief Probation Officer, Denver Juvenile Probation
Colorado Mental Wellness Network (CMWN) works closely with OBHS to champion mental wellness services that support people at all stages in a “continuum” of mental health, from crisis through recovery to wellness. CMWN specializes in peer support from people who have their own experiences with mental health conditions.
Denver’s Road Home partners with OBHS to support some of Denver’s most vulnerable citizens — people who experience both homelessness or housing instability, and mental health conditions. Much of this shared work has focused on reducing the frequency of contact with police and the criminal justice system for people who are struggling to regain stability in some of the most important aspects of their lives.
Bennie Milliner, Executive Director, Denver’s Road Home
The Office of Behavioral Health Strategies was created by the City of Denver to ensure that our approach to mental wellbeing is connected, innovative and effective. Led by Regina Huerter, who pioneered exceptional improvements in Denver’s criminal justice system, the OBHS team connects the key players in our city’s efforts toward greater mental well-being, helps partners find innovative ways to serve their stakeholders and our city, and connects people with the supports they need to thrive.
If you are, or someone you know is, in need of confidential and immediate mental health, substance use or emotional help, please visit Colorado Crisis Services online, call 1-844-493-TALK (8255), or text "TALK" to 38255 to be connected to a crisis counselor or trained professional with a master’s or doctoral degree. (Español - Text TALK to 38255.) Interpretation services are available for non-English speakers. Help and hope are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
If you are, or someone you know is, experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.