Colorado Mental Hospital Agency Paper
Lafonna R. Pacheco
Professor: Judy Baca, MSW, ACSW
Colorado State University –Pueblo
October 28, 2013
This article focuses on the Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo. (CMHIP) is one of Colorado's two state-operated inpatient psychiatric hospitals. The hospital is under the direction of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), Office of Behavioral Health. Colorado recognized a tremendous need for a mental health component in the community’s. Currently CMHIP serves clients in the civil mental health system along with the civil adult clients who are referred for admission by various entities including the state’s Community Mental Health Centers. CMHIP also provides services for at risk youth and the elder population. CMHIP also serves adults who are found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity or Incompetent to proceed. CMHIP’s declares their focus and desire is to provide quality mental health services utilizing tools such as Trauma Informed Care and Recovery principles. CMHIP claims to focus on hope and promoting recovery for all Colorado residents.
The purpose of this paper is to explain the agency operations and mission. The Colorado Mental Health Institute is located in Pueblo Co and is one of the largest mental health hospitals in the state. (CMHIP) address is 1600 west 24th street Pueblo Co. 81003.and is located on the west side of town. CMHIP partners with the Department of Human Services. The hospital is known to be over 300 acres wide and holds up to at least 375 patients currently. The hospital serves the Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity, (NGRI) and the Incompetent to precede patients, (ITP). There are two inpatient psychiatric hospitals known in the state, and Pueblo is the location for one. In addition the Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo provides inpatient psychiatric services to seriously mentally ill clients in the southern and western regions of Colorado and certain patients from the north central and northeastern areas of the state. CMHIP is the State Institute for Forensic Psychiatry and an acute care general hospital, and receives referrals statewide. CMHIP is organizationally located as part of CDHS’ Office of Behavioral Health and Housing.
CMHIP has a very multicultural population and is aware and accommodating to many different cultures with each client. The hospital serves clients from the civil sector and also the private sector from self admits and family placements. Other mental health agencies network and utilize the hospital services. The CMHIP has a forensic unit in which is used for the NGRI and ICTP patients. The Forensic Psychiatry unit has been recognized for one of the leading mental health hospitals in Colorado, and has been asked to model and adopt their methods and practices within their own agencies. The CMHIP staff is consistently conducting competency evaluations on their patients, and staff quality assurance checkups to ensure for best practices.
According to the CMHIP (2013) the need for mental institutions was greatly recognized when it was estimated by a shortfall of public psychiatric beds, needed to achieve a minimum level of psychiatric care were 95,820 beds. The consequences of the severe shortage of public psychiatric beds included increased homelessness, the incarceration of mentally ill individuals in jails and prisons; emergency rooms being overrun with patients waiting for a psychiatric bed, and an increase in violent behavior, including homicides, in communities across the nation. T. Edwards also claimed that many of her discharged patients returned because there were no other institutions to send them to. (Personal communication, October 23, 2013).
In reference to CMHIP (2013) here is the mission of hospital, collaborate with our partners, our mission is to design and deliver high quality human and health services...
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