State officials technically have just 28 days to get those in jail a competency restoration, but many wait much, much longer.
Colorado Department of Human Services
The overhauled system crashes repeatedly and does not accurately assess and record the level of danger children face.
Sheriff Fred McKee said his deputies are not qualified to care for a 66-year-old man who has been in jail for weeks with no word on when a hospital bed will open up.
The two sides, Disability Law Colorado and state officials, head to federal court Friday to fight it out again.
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.
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.