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Mental Health

Mental Health Initiative


With the support of the Douglas County Commissioners, and in response to several tragic mental health-related incidents, the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative (DCMHI) was established in 2014 to unite community partners, address unmet mental health needs, connect people to mental health services and prevent those in need from falling through the cracks of the mental health system.

Community Partners

Partnership members work together to respond differently to crises, coordinate services, solve problems and increase mental health resources for county residents.


  • 18th Judicial District
  • AD Solutions Consulting (Community member representative)
  • Advocates for Children CASA
  • AllHealth Network
  • The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties
  • Aspen Ridge Recovery
  • Caring Communities of Colorado, LLC (Dr. Baroffio – CRT)
  • Castle Rock Fire and Rescue
  • Castle Rock Police Department
  • Centura Hospitals
  • Colorado Access
  • Community Justice Services
  • Denver Children’s Home
  • Denver Springs
  • Developmental Pathways
  • Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Douglas County Administration
  • Douglas County Attorney’s Office
  • Douglas County Department of Human Services & the Collaborative Management Program
  • Douglas County Communications and Public Affairs
  • Douglas County School District
  • Douglas County Community Development
  • Douglas County Jail/Detentions
  • Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  • Douglas County Youth Initiative and Wrap Around Program
  • HealthONE – Sky Ridge Medical Center; Medical Center of Aurora
  • Highlands Behavioral Health
  • Juvenile Assessment Center
  • LifeStance Health (FKA Heart Centered Counseling)
  • Lone Tree Police Department
  • Manna Connect & Winter Shelter Network
  • NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas Counties
  • Oregon Recovery and Treatment Centers
  • Parker Police Department
  • Peak View Behavioral Health
  • Rocky Mountain Human Services
  • Signal Behavioral Health Network
  • South Metro Fire and Rescue
  • The Rock Church
  • Tri-County Health Department

History and Milestones

2014The  Douglas County Mental Health Initiative (DCMHI) was established after a series of tragic events in and around Douglas County

2015 – 2016
Process mapping with DCMHI partners to assess the county’s mental health system, identify gaps, and develop collaborative solutions.

The Community Response Team (CRT) program launched and began a four-month pilot.  The Board of Douglas County Commissioners approved ongoing general funds to support the CRT program following the pilot.

CRT program is the recipient of a 2018 ICMA Local Government Program Excellence Award in Community Health and Safety

2018 – 2019
Douglas County worked with Health Management Associates (HMA) to design a Blueprint for a community-based mental health delivery system (Blueprint). HMA facilitates surveys, focus groups, key informant interviews, data review and group work to inform the Blueprint. HMA presents the Blueprint to the DCMHI and launched the effort.

Upon review of 2018 data, and following the STEM School shooting, the Douglas County Commissioners appropriate ongoing funding for the creation of a Youth Community Response Team.

DCMHI aligned the governance structure with the Blueprint to support implementation and sustainability. County and partners began facilitation of workgroups to advance strategies identified in the Blueprint.

The Youth CRT team launched and began responding in schools, bringing active CRTs in Douglas County to four.

Douglas County formed The Care Compact leadership team to set parameters for a pilot.

DCMHI relaunched the Let’s Talk Anti-Stigma Campaign and films Let’s Talk PSAs with local leaders and local faces to localize the messages for a Douglas County audience.

The Care Compact pilot was launched.

Web-based resource Toolkit pilot launched with youth.

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