SB18-250 - Jail-based Behavioral Health Services

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning the provision of jail-based behavioral health services, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

The bill continues to allow the correctional treatment cash fund to be used to provide treatment for persons with mental and behavioral health disorders who are being served through the jail-based behavioral health services program (program). The program is housed in the office of behavioral health (office). The purpose of the program is to provide adequate staff to complete competency and behavioral health screenings, prescribe psychiatric medications as necessary, and provide mental health counseling, substance use disorder treatment, and transitional care coordination; train jail staff on behavioral health disorders and best practices in working with individuals with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders; and fund administrative costs to jails participating in the program. The office shall prioritize jails with minimal behavioral health services, including rural and frontier jails. Jails that are participating in the program shall, at a minimum:


  • Screen individuals who are being booked into the facility for various behavioral health issues;
  • Provide adequate and appropriate access to health care and medications;
  • Coordinate services with community behavioral health providers prior to the release of an inmate to ensure continuity of care following his or her release from the jail facility; and
  • Track performance outcome measures for individuals affected by the program.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: June 6, 2018
06/06/2018 - Governor Signed
05/16/2018 - Sent to the Governor
05/16/2018 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/15/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate
05/07/2018 - Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/07/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/04/2018 - House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/04/2018 - House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/03/2018 - House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
05/03/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
05/03/2018 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/02/2018 - Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/01/2018 - Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/30/2018 - Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/17/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary