Course Corrections Colorado: Steps to Health and Justice Summit

The Equitas Project, in collaboration with The Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council and local Colorado partners, is pleased to present Course Corrections Colorado: Steps to Health & Justice Summit 2018.

Read the Document here.




About this Event

The Colorado Course Corrections Summit was the final stop in the statewide summer tour that Equitas concluded late in the summer of 2018.
In the course of the summer tour, key stakeholder decision-makers and thought leaders had been getting together for focused and productive conversations about disentangling mental health and criminal justice. They had considered their role in the statewide strategic plan for behavioral health, Steps to Health and Justice (full report and 1-pager), and the commitment from police chiefs, sheriffs, public defenders, prosecutors, corrections, behavioral health providers, educators, commissioners (and others) to these conversations and goals was tremendous.

The first Colorado Course Corrections set of directives was co-authored by key state leadership in 2016. This shared language provided concise reference points for progress toward such recent reforms as ending the use of jails for mental health holds.

At the October 30-31, 2018 summit stakeholders collaboratively revisited and began to revise the 2016 recommendations. They renewed shared commitment to making steady progress toward improved mental health and public safety in Colorado through the next legislative session and the new administrations. With continued shared effort across sectors and across the lifespan, and with the help of Colorado leadership, the state can be number one in the nation in achieving 5 and 15 year goals in behavioral health, public safety, and justice for all.

Participants are currently revising co-authored recommendations, identifying opportunities and barriers, and prioritizing next steps, a process begun at at the summit. The document has been published. You are invited to broadly share these recommendations with your communities.


The following organizations were represented between the tour and summit. Summit participants are presented in bold:
14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office; 20th Judicial District Chief Judge; 3rd Judicial District; 3rd Judicial District CYDC/SB94; 5th Judicial District; ACLU of Colorado; Advocates of Lake County; Arapahoe County Board of Commissioners; AspenPointe; Avista Adventist Hospital; Beacon Health Options; Boulder Community Health; Boulder County Public Health; Boulder County Sheriff; Boulder County Sheriff’s Office; Boulder District Attorney’s Office; Boulder Public Defender’s Office; Candidate for House District 15; Cañon City Council; Cañon City Police Department; Cañon City Schools; CEO, Solvista Health; Cañon City Police Chief; Leadville Police Chief; Pueblo Police Chief; City of Boulder; City of Leadville Administrative Services Department; City of Louisville; Colorado Access; Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council; Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition; Colorado Department of Corrections; Colorado Department of Human Services; Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health; Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Division of Housing; Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; Colorado Department of Public Safety; Colorado Department of Public Safety/Division of Criminal Justice; Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council; Colorado District Attorneys’ Council; Colorado House; Colorado Joint Budget Committee; Colorado Mental Wellness Network; Colorado School of Public Health; CORHIO; Craig Police Department; Crossroads Ministry; Crossroads’ Turning Point; Custer County Sheriff; David and Laura Merage Foundation; Denver District Attorney; Denver Public Health; Department of Public Safety; Disability Law Colorado; District Court Judge 8th Judicial District; Drug Policy Alliance; Eagle County; Eagle County Department of Human Services; Eagle County Probation; Eagle County Public Defender; Eagle County Sheriff’s Office; El Paso County Criminal Justice Center; El Paso County Public Health; El Paso County Sheriff’s Office; Equitas National Advisor; Fremont County Department of Human Services; Fremont County Probation; Garfield County Probation; Garfield County Specialty Court Probation; Greeley Police Department; Health District of Northern Larimer County; Health Solutions (Trinidad); Housing Catalyst; HuLA Early Childhood Council; Hyatt Consulting; Jefferson Center for Mental Health; JLongtin Law; Johnson and Johnson; Lafayette Police Department; Lake County Build a Generation; Lake County Community Fund; Lake County Probation; Lake County Sheriff’s Office; Larimer County; Larimer County Criminal Justice Services; Larimer County Sheriff’s Office; Las Animas County Probation; Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office; Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department; Las Animas-Huerfano Treatment Courts; Memorial Hospital UC Health; Mental Health Center of Denver; Mental Health Colorado; NAMI Colorado Springs; Mental Health Partners; Milliken Community Court; Mind Springs Health; Moffat County Youth Services; NAMI Southeast Colorado; North Colorado Health Alliance; North Range Behavioral Health; Northeastern Behavioral Health; Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership; Northwest Colorado Health; Office of Behavioral Health; Office of the Colorado State Public Defender; Park County Human Services; Peak View Behavioral Health; Pitkin County Public Defender; Pitkin County Public Health; Pueblo County; Pueblo County Attorney; Pueblo County Probation; Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office; Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment; Pueblo Fire; Pueblo Police Department; Pueblo Public Defender; Pueblo Rescue Mission; Pueblo County Department of Social Services; Rocky Mountain Health Plans; Salud Family Health Center; Second Chance Center; Solvista Health; Southeast Health Group; Southern Colorado Crisis Connection; State Court Administrator’s Office; Steamboat Springs Police Department; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; SummitStone Health Partners; SyCare; Trinidad Public Defender; UC Health-Community Health; UC Health Greeley Hospital & Emergency Department; UC Health EMS-Community Paramedicine; University of Colorado Boulder Police Department; University of Denver; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Weld County Probation; Weld County Sheriff; Weld County Treatment Courts; Weld Probation Department; West Slope Casa

Thank you to our generous event sponsors for making the 2018 Colorado Course Corrections Summit possible:



Oct 30 - 31 2018


Byron Rogers Federal Office Building
Downtown Denver


The Equitas Project

Other Organizers