Senate Bill 207 would end the use of jails for psychiatric emergencies. Yesterday, the Colorado governor signed that bill into law!
Senate Bill 207 recognizes that mental health centers are more appropriate settings for Coloradans in crisis. The legislation includes additional resources for these facilities, for mobile response teams, and for transportation to treatment — an especially important priority in rural Colorado.
It will take far more than this new law, or the $7 million it provides, to care for every Coloradan in crisis. And, we need to do a much better job of preventing such crises in the first place.
But it’s worth pausing both to celebrate a victory and to thank the bipartisan coalition — led by Sens. John Cooke and Daniel Kagan, Reps. Joe Salazar and Lang Sias, and Gov. John Hickenlooper — that made it possible. Special thanks go to those advocates who endured a practice they helped to end.
President and CEO
Mental Health Colorado