When a judge threatens contempt, state officials have a limited period of time to move someone from jail to a hospital bed or treatment center.
Colorado Department of Human Services
If someone is found mentally incompetent to stand trial, the state is required to “restore” them to competency within 28 days. Lawyers and advocates say the state is taking far longer.
What some child welfare advocates see as necessary precautions can place parents legally treating their children with medical marijuana under allegations of child abuse.
The suit comes at a time when the Colorado Department of Human Services say the number of mentally ill people in jail has skyrocketed.
Counties and the state don’t disagree over the need for an increase for families experiencing poverty — just how to pay for it.
A bill that died at the stroke of midnight Thursday would have shifted much of the state’s mentally ill treatment for people in jail to the jails themselves.
In the final few days of the legislative session, the bills will likely get a final Senate vote by the end of the week and then head to the House for consideration.
The state has been sued for how they’ve handled people deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial three times since 2008.
As the state signals a lack of foster parents, one foster mother says she wants to dispel the myths that foster parents take on kids for the money and that foster kids are too challenging.
The hospital temporarily closed an addiction program to move staff around, and is at risk of losing federal funding.