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Office of Behavioral Health Strategies

The Office of Behavioral Health Strategies works to provide proactive, responsive and integrated services and coordination among the city’s current activities in behavioral health, increase training of key city personnel around mental health and substance use issues, raise mental health and substance use awareness within city government and in the community, and work with key partners to address the community’s behavioral health needs.

 

The creation of Smart Pre-Trial was based upon the need for jail release decisions to be equitable, fiscally responsible, and data informed. Smart Pre-Trial has defined seven goals including that Denver’s bond setting process is inclusive of all parts of the pretrial system, that all booked defendants are screened for pretrial risk, that Denver has a current and accepted supervision matrix assessment and recommendation tool, and continually evaluates risk-based pretrial supervision insuring the transfer of information regarding outcomes. It is expected that the key pretrial system performance indicators are updated and reported to the stakeholder groups, and that a community of practice is created within each.

Denver Outreach Court is a partnership among the Denver County Court, Denver Sheriff’s Department, The Denver Rescue Mission, Denver City Attorney’s Office, Denver Office of the Municipal Public Defender, and the Office of Behavioral Health Strategies to reduce future interactions with the justice system for persons experiencing homelessness and therefore considered transient. Court is being held at the Denver Rescue Mission every other Wednesday, beginning in December 2016. This provides system agencies the ability to identify and address individuals’ needs based on the frequency of interactions with the agencies and allows anyone experiencing homelessness or receiving transition services, who have a municipal ticket or warrant, to take action before they are arrested and jailed for failure to appear.

Upon entering the Denver Adult Drug Court program, many people report having an addiction to opioids. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and more specifically Methadone, is effectively used to treat opioid dependence, however, some individuals are unsuccessful at complying with the initial methadone intake and dosing in the community due to the nature of their addiction. This collaborative project will allow participants of the Denver Adult Drug Court to be induced on Methadone while in custody in the Denver County Jail, therefore allowing participants a safe and secure environment to begin methadone maintenance treatment prior to transitioning to the community.

This is a diversion initiative aimed to divert persons directly to crisis and treatment services rather than jail. Co-responders are working to assist police officers navigate the behavioral health system and provide short-term case coordination to ensure contacts have access to and receive appropriate care. Current coordination involves mobile crisis, Denver Health and local hospitals and treatment providers, Denver Police Department, Denver Fire Department, and the Mental Health Center of Denver. 

The goal of the Denver Co-Responder program is to facilitate the City and other agencies working collaboratively in their crisis intervention efforts. The program is intended to improve outcomes, streamline services, and create system efficiencies for persons with behavioral health issues who have come to the attention of Denver law enforcement, corrections, and/or emergency responders, in order to improve the lives of the citizens of the City and County of Denver.

FREE Trauma-Informed Practice Training 

The 4 hour Trauma-Informed Practices training explains how one’s trauma history can impact current behaviors and how organizations and communities can best create environments that maximize a sense of safety and minimize trauma triggers. Register below for an upcoming FREE training.  

After the training the participants should be able to:

  • Define trauma and describe how it differs from everyday stress
  • View people’s behaviors through a trauma lens
  • Better understand the role of resilience in buffering the effects of traumatic events
  • Describe 2 to 3 survival coping strategies people with trauma may use and name alternative ways to cope
  • Describe how adverse childhood experiences impact adult health
  • Describe ways they can help people experiencing traumatic stress reactions
  • Describe the importance of self-care
  • Identify potentially traumatizing events they may encounter within a workplace setting
  • Learn about vicarious trauma
  • Identify the impact of stress on their bodies and minds

 

 

Featured Programs

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners logo

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners operates the Colorado Crisis Services Crisis Line and Support Line, provides an extensive Program Services Directory, and offers LiveConnect Services; amongst other services including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Follow-Up Services.

 

Mental Health America of Colorado logo

Mental Health America of Colorado is a non-profit association, established in 1953, to provide leadership to address the full range of mental health and wellness issues in Colorado. We are an affiliate of Mental Health America in Washington, D.C.

Mental Health America of Colorado serves the people of Colorado by collaborating with strategic partners to promote mental health, expand access to services and transform systems of healthcare.

National Alliance on Mental Illness logo

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. 

NAMI relies on gifts and contributions to support our important work.

Mental Health Center of Denver logo

The Mental Health Center of Denver is known nationally and locally as a model for innovative and effective community behavioral healthcare. It’s a place where recovery happens. Our comprehensive system of integrated services uses a strength-based culture to engage consumers in their own personal recovery plan. Our goal is to enable adults to live more fulfilling and productive lives, children to be more resilient, and families to be happier and healthier.

The Mental Health Services team of more than 20 psychologists and psychiatrists assesses, evaluates and treats patients with emotional and substance abuse disorders in a supportive and healing environment. Our comprehensive services include adult and adolescent inpatient services, community detoxification, outpatient therapy programs, psychiatric emergency services, and mobile crisis services.

Colorado Mental Wellness Network logo

Colorado Mental Wellness Network (The Network) is a peer-run nonprofit organization founded and operated by individuals who live with a mental health condition.We are committed to providing individuals with tools and self-help information to achieve their goals while changing community perceptions of mental illness.

The Colorado Mental Wellness Network (The Network) is:

  • A statewide grassroots, peer-run organization 
  • A supportive community of individuals
  • A voice for others with mental health conditions
  • A source of wellness education
  • A promoter of person-centered whole healthcare
  • An advocate for eliminating stigma and discrimination in mental health care

Advocates for Recovery logo

Advocates for Recovery (AFR) is a grassroots recovery community organization made up of people throughout Colorado who are part of the new recovery movement.

OUR MISSION

  • To advocate for planning and policies at all levels of society of recovery, and for more addiction research, prevention, and treatment.
  • To educate the public about the disease of addiction, the consequences of untreated addiction, and the process of recovery.
  • To dispel myths about addiction and the addict by sharing stories of recovery and by celebrating the success of recovery.
  • To reduce the stigma associated with addiction.
  • To develop resources to provide recovery support services for those in need.

RECOVERY

Recovery from addiction is a process of gaining sobriety, hope, and joy, and contributing to one’s family and community as a healthy, productive person. Recovery from addiction is a reality every day in thousands of lives. Many pathways to recovery exist. Recovery flourishes in supportive communities. Recovering and recovered people are part of the solution; recovery gives back what addiction has taken.

Contact Us

Office of Behavioral Health Strategies
Regi Huerter, Executive Director
(720) 913-6606
Regina.Huerter@denvergov.org
 


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