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Mental Health Intervention Pre-trial Services

MHIPS has been developed through Larimer County Community Corrections Pre-trial Services program. The intent is to identify and provide services to those individuals that have been arrested of a crime that can be linked to their mental health issues. The program was developed to decrease the time it takes to get these individuals out of LCDC and into services. We also hope to decrease the time and financial drain on the community at large. During the individuals pre-trial supervision we will be maintaining intensive supervision and case management services. The supervision can include weekly face to face contact, weekly call-ins, substance use monitoring, medication administration and monitoring, and either short-term therapy or referral for these services as defined in the conditions of the individuals bond and the persons needs. This program will also serve as a major referral source and assessment to the AIIM program.

Clientele

  • Primary Axis I diagnosis (other than the primary diagnosis being substance abuse) such as Bi-polar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, etc.
  • May have a co-occurring substance use diagnosis.
  • Axis II disorder, if present, must not be the predominant mental health issue.
  • Issues with maintaining stability in life (i.e. employment, housing, etc).
  • Crimes that can be linked to the defendants' mental health issues.
  • Defendants' that need assistance in connecting to resources in the community.
  • Voluntary participation

Goals and Objectives

  • To provide an alternative to pre-trial incarceration for mentally ill offenders.
  • To reduce jail bed days, and drain on community resources by providing supervision and support to mentally ill offenders.
  • To provide services to mentally ill offenders while maintaining public safety.
  • To provide the seriously mentally ill defendant with a starting point for successful rehabilitation.
  • To assist clients in making and maintaining community support systems.
  • To reduce recidivism among participants by providing appropriate assessment, monitoring, case management, and treatment services through a single community based location.
  • To appropriately identify and evaluate defendants who have a serious mental illness.
  • To assure continuity of care.

Supervision

  • If the client is interested in MHIPS as a condition of the bond we will provide appropriate supervision, services and referrals.
  • Crisis intervention and short term therapy, medication monitoring, drop ins if needed, face to face meetings with their case manager
  • MHIPS staff will make appropriate referral to services, internal and external, to include mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, medication, housing, employment and basic needs.
  • MHIPS staff will discuss cases on an ongoing basis.

Ongoing Services

  • MHIPS staff will make referrals to community services to aid the client in developing independence and community support.
  • MHIPS Case Managers will provide monitoring and supervision as defined by the conditions of the bond and client needs.
  • Referral to or providing in house services including individual therapy, group therapy, medication administration, medical support regarding psychiatric medications and a supportive, challenging, supervised environment will be available to all participants.
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