State Human Services-funded co-responder programs improve access to care, reduce arrests

Oct 13, 2021
Colorado Politics

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The Denver Police Department has teamed up with the Mental Health Center of Denver to co-respond to Denverites experiencing mental health issues who often find themselves trapped in a cycle of arrests and jail sentences.

Programs funded by the state Department of Human Services that deploy law enforcement officers in tandem with behavioral health clinicians have been successful in diverting those facing a behavioral health crisis away from incarceration and toward treatment and services, a report from the state agency has found.

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