Posted: Nov 16, 2010 5:42 PM by Greg Boyce
The Colorado Department of Human Services has completed a review of practices at the Colorado Mental Health Institute after three patients died in the forensics unit recently. The forensics unit provides mental health treatment to those who have committed crimes, but have been found Not Guilt by Reason of Insanity by the courts. A high security forensic unit opened at the west side Pueblo facility in June of last year.
Now that the review is complete, the state will contract an independent team of experts to provide recommendations on hospital operations, including policies, procedures and protocols. This will include training of personnel at the Pueblo facility. Much of the report centers on suicide prevention.