“This will significantly reduce the criminalization of people with mental illness,” a Disability Law Colorado lawyer said.
It joins three other communities around Colorado using state money to offer housing, job training and mental health services to people instead of incarceration.
Building more beds across the state won’t solve the crush of people waiting sometimes months in jail for competency treatment.
The "civil bed freeze" was meant to help state officials treat more mentally ill prisoners more quickly, but was criticized by advocates for seizing resources.
Reforming cash bail, repealing the death penalty and texting court date reminders are all on the docket.
State officials technically have just 28 days to get those in jail a competency restoration, but many wait much, much longer.
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.
The number of inmates at the county's only jail reached record numbers Monday.