The Colorado Behavioral Health Transformational Task Force will be meeting Friday, December 10 to discuss the spending of $450 million in federal funding that Gov. Jared Polis has set aside to help address Colorado’s behavioral health crisis.
It is expected that at the start of the meeting there will be a brief acknowledgment by Sen. Brittany Pettersen of the recent attention to Colorado’s mental health safety net system by the COLab OnEdge spotlight on mental health. This may or may not evolve into greater conversations about efforts to ensure more transparency and accountability among Colorado’s community mental health centers.
While the session begins at 9:00 a.m. there will be a 4:00 p.m. public comment session. Members of the public wishing to express opinions, needs, and concerns regarding the state’s approach to mental health can sign up to testify under the public testimony tab at the top of this page: http://leg.colorado.gov/content/committees . Testimony can be taken in person or virtually.
Where: Old State Library, Colorado State Capitol (2nd floor)
When: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday Dec. 10
How: In-person or register to listen online
Interestingly enough, although there is no way of knowing there is a connection with the recent and continuing OnEdge investigative stories on the state’s behavioral health situation, on Tuesday, the director of the state’s Office of Behavioral Health Robert Werthwein announced he will be stepping down in February. He has led the office since Sept. 2017.