The governor's office said Monday that the services Hickenlooper and state health officials are proposing include opening five 24-hour walk-in centers for mental health care in Colorado and establishing a statewide mental health crisis hotline. Those two initiatives alone are estimated to cost $10.2 million.
State officials planned to discuss the initiatives Tuesday morning. The Democratic governor will be joined by state Human Services Executive Director Reggie Bicha and members of Colorado's mental health and public safety communities.
Former neuroscience graduate student James Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in the July movie theater shootings. His attorneys say he suffers from mental illness.
The Governor's Office released to 9NEWS on Monday five strategies to the plan:
Provide the right services to the right people at the right time.
- Align three statutes into one new civil commitment law. This alignment protects the civil liberties of people experiencing mental crises or substance abuse emergencies, and clarifies the process and options for providers of mental health and substance abuse services (requires legislative change).
- Authorize the Colorado State Judicial System to transfer mental health commitment records electronically and directly to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in real-time so the information is available for firearm purchase background checks conducted by Colorado InstaCheck (requires legislative change).
Enhance Colorado's crisis response system ($10,272,874 budget request).
- Establish a single statewide mental health crisis hotline.
- Establish five, 24/7 walk-in crisis stabilization services for urgent mental health care needs.
Expand hospital capacity ($2,063,438 budget request).
- Develop a 20-bed jailed-based restoration program in the Denver area.
Enhance community care ($4,793,824 budget request).
- Develop community residential services for those transitioning from institutional care.
- Expand case management and wrap-around services for seriously mentally ill people in the community
- Develop two 15-bed Residential Facilities for short-term transition from mental health hospitals to the community.
- Target housing subsidies to add 107 housing vouchers for individuals with serious mental illness.
Build a trauma-informed culture of care ($1,391865 budget request).
- Develop peer support specialist positions in the state's mental health hospitals.
- Provide de-escalation rooms at each of the state's mental health hospitals.
- Develop a consolidated mental health/substance abuse data system.