On June 9, 2016, Governor John Hickenlooper vetoed Senate Bill 16-169 concerning the emergency procedure for mental health holds. In his veto letter, Governor Hickenlooper directed the Colorado Department of Human Services to create a task force to develop solutions to the underlying problems highlighted by Senate Bill 16-169. Today, I announce the creation of the Mental Health Hold Task Force within the Colorado Department of Human Services. This task force will ensure that Coloradans experiencing mental health crises have access to appropriate mental health services while preserving their fundamental rights.
Specifically the Mental Health Hold Task Force will make statutory, policy, and administrative recommendations to:
I ask that the task force deliver all recommendations that receive support from two-thirds of the task force’s members in a final report. The task force shall deliver its final report by January 1, 2017.
I would encourage interested parties to apply for the Mental Health Hold Task Force. The deadline for application is July 1, 2016. The task force will be composed of individuals who represent diverse and balanced perspectives with respect to these issues. You may find the application here:
Thank you for your interest in this important issue.
Executive Director, CDHS