Stop Fort Logan Moratorium on Civil Beds
In late December 2018, the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health announced a moratorium on civil admissions to the Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan (CMHIFL). Under this plan, as patients are discharged from treatment at Fort Logan their spaces (approximately 94 beds) are to be filled by individuals under orders to restore competency to stand trial. In the summer of 2018 Disability Law Center (DLC) reopened their lawsuit with the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) for compliance with a Settlement Agreement reached years ago. This agreement was for CDHS to provide inpatient competency restoration services within 28 days of a court order to avoid possible sanctions and fines. https://www.cpr.org/news/story/officials-to-halt-admissions-to-state-mental-health-hospitals-with-exceptions#.XFZlBGUNe6M.email
NAMI Colorado finds the CDHS action to be totally unacceptable. We are deeply concerned about the moratorium, and believe that denying treatment at Fort Logan will adversely affect many individuals living with serious mental illness. Families of those currently in jail awaiting competency restoration have far too many stories of their loved ones being turned away from treatment. The state of Colorado needs to open more civil beds AND more “competency to proceed” beds.
We need to advocate for solutions to fix the current systemic failures that allow people with mental health conditions to fill our jails. Visit www.namicolorado.org (scroll down) for additional information.
NAMI Colorado is asking you to take action by calling, emailing and/or writing to your State Legislators and Administrators about stopping the Fort Logan moratorium on civil admissions, and about solutions that will focus on individuals with serious mental health conditions and their families. Please find your Legislators HERE. if you would like to contact your local legislator. You can also sign our petition which will be sent to Mike Foote.