Task force releases recommendations to protect the rights of Coloradans experiencing mental health crises
DENVER — Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 — A task force created to evaluate the legality of ‘mental health holds’ provided recommendations today to ensure people who are experiencing a mental health crisis receive proper treatment and constitutional protections.
The task force was created at the direction of Gov. John Hickenlooper last year after he vetoed SB 16-169, citing concerns about the due process rights of individuals experiencing mental health crisis.
Primary among the recommendations is that the General Assembly pursue legislation prohibiting the use of jails to hold persons with mental health issues who have not been accused of crimes.