Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Pueblo


Two photos, left to right: Building on CMHIP campus; psychologist talking to patient

About the Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Pueblo

The Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Pueblo (CMHHIP) is a 516-bed acute care psychiatric hospital that provides inpatient behavioral health services for adults, adolescents and geriatric patients. CMHHIP is a forensic hospital that serves individuals with pending criminal charges who require evaluations of competency, individuals who have been found to be incompetent to proceed (restoration treatment) and individuals found to be not guilty by reason of insanity by Colorado's criminal courts. Patients' families, friends and loved ones are encouraged to visit and maintain relationships with patients while hospitalized.

CMHHIP is located in southern Colorado on a 300-acre campus. As one of Pueblo's largest employers, we offer career opportunities in many multi-disciplinary professions, including nursing, psychology, social work and medicine. CMHHIP is accredited through the Joint Commission.

Colorado's behavioral health system is in the process of transformation. Click to learn more.

Colorado's behavioral health system is in the process of transformation. The Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) is a new cabinet-level agency, housed within the Department of Human Services, designed to be the single entity responsible for driving coordination and collaboration across state agencies to address behavioral health needs. Many behavioral health programs such as crisis services, substance use treatment, and care coordination are now administered by the BHA.

Colorado's two Mental Health Hospitals and the Forensic Services division will remain within the Office of Civil and Forensic Mental Health.

Learn more about the BHA  Find behavioral health help

Mission, vision and values

Mission: We deliver exceptional mental health care for Colorado's forensic, geriatric and adolescent patients, in an environment that is safe for patients and staff.

Vision: At CMHHIP, we aspire to improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable populations in Colorado by advancing the best practices in behavioral health care.


  • Physical and Emotional Safety
  • Trust and Respect
  • Camaraderie and Teamwork
  • Empowerment
  • Shared Leadership
  • Acting with Intent
  • Learning
Contact information

1600 W. 24th St.
Pueblo, CO 81003

Main Phone:719.546.4000
Media: 303.866.7505
Staff Education: 719.546.4339
Human Resources: 719.546.4611
Medical Records: 719.546.4184
Patient Representative: 719.546.4034
Purchasing: 719.546.5009
Volunteer Services: 719.546.4388
Crisis Services: 1.844.493.TALK (8255) or visit Colorado Crisis Services

For providers looking for forms related to CMHHIP admissions, visit the Mental Health Emergency Hold page.


For providers looking for involuntary commitment forms, please visit the Involuntary Mental Health Treatment page.

The Colorado Mental Health Hospitals do not provide “shoppable” services as defined in Section 2718(e) of the Public Health Services Act. ‘Shoppable service’ means a service that can be scheduled by a health care consumer in advance.

For additional information on how to refer someone to the Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Pueblo, please call the Admissions Department at 719.546.4406.


Fees for service are assessed on a sliding scale, based on ability to pay. Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance pay hospital costs for eligible clients. No one is denied admission due to the inability to pay. Family and significant others are encouraged to visit the patient during hospitalization to aid in the reintegration of the patient into community life.

Compliance/QA information

CMHHIP is accredited by The Joint Commission. As such, patient safety concerns can be reported to The Joint Commission in the following ways:

  • At, using the "Report a Patient Safety Event" link in the "Action Center" on the home page of the website.
  • By fax to 630-792-5636.
  • By mail to The Office of Quality and Patient Safety (OQPS), The Joint Commission, One Renaissance Boulevard, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181.
Doctoral psychology internship at CMHHIP

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The doctoral psychology internship at Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Pueblo (CMHHIP) trains Health Services Psychology Interns in the nine profession-wide competencies of general clinical practice, with an emphasis on efficacious delivery of  behavioral health services to forensic populations. Our program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation (COA) since 2010 and we are scheduled for our next site visit in 2027. We provide experiential training in the application of evidence-based treatment interventions, psychological and forensic evaluations, applied clinical research, trauma-informed care, and efficacious clinical supervision. We provide multiple opportunities to observe professional modeling to meaningfully further our interns' development as Health Services Psychologists.

Our program is now accepting applications for three doctoral internship positions for the 2023-2024 training year. Intern positions are full-time term-limited (12 months) employees of the State of Colorado. Interns are non-exempt employees thus eligible for comp time, and will receive a salary with state benefits to include medical, dental, and vision insurance, eleven (11) state holidays, annual leave, and sick leave.

Passing pre-employment background checks and drug screen is a condition of employment. Additional information about pre-employment requirements and employee benefits can be found in Internship Admission, Support and Initial Placement Data section of this website.

Learn more and apply for the doctoral psychology internship at CMHHIP

Policies and forms

The CMHHIP Nutrition Services Department participates in the School Breakfast and Lunch Program, as well as the Afterschool Snack Program, through the Colorado Department of Education and for residents on the Adolescent Behavioral Treatment Unit. A Local Wellness Policy is required to be available. View the policy.

If you seek Medical Records from CMHHIP, a form is available. You can send the form back by:
Fax: (719) 546-4212
Mail: CMHHIP ATTN: Medical Records, 1600 W. 24th Street, Pueblo CO 81003


We want you on our team. The Colorado Mental Health Hospital in Pueblo has multiple positions to fill, including registered nurses, client care aides (full-time and part-time), and health care technicians (LPN or LPT). Check out our current openings.