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Commissioners oppose state RFP which will negatively impact mental health crisis services in rural areas

Posted on 10/29/2018
Commissioners oppose state RFP which will negatively impact mental health crisis services in rural areasIn an effort to preserve mental health crisis services in Weld County and other rural counties around the state, the Weld County Board of Commissioners has requested the Governor and the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) suspend a move by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) to alter current crisis programs without stakeholder discussion.

On October 15, 2018, commissioners met with representatives from Weld County Department of Human Services, North Range Behavioral Health, Logan County and Morgan County with regard to news that the state OBH was preparing to release a new Request for Proposal (RFP) for crisis services. The changes that come with the new proposal will negatively impact the current program and the clients who utilize that program. Through the new RFP, the state would allocate more funds for administrative costs and decrease funding for services in rural counties of the state.

In a letter sent today to the Governor and JBC, the Board respectfully outlined how the current program has been implemented in Weld County, including listing the current partners working together to make the program successful, and described how a reduction in funding would be detrimental to the program and residents alike.

“Colorado consistently ranks in the top 10 for suicide rates, which means we need to improve – not cut back – our ability to respond to those in despair,” the letter, signed by all five county commissioners, states.

Suspension of the RFP was requested by the Board through the letter until discussions about funding with impacted counties occur and a resolution or compromise is determined.