Mental Health Institutes

 

The CDHS Office of Behavioral Health operates two mental health institutes, or state-run psychiatric hospitals: the Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo (CMHIP) and the Colorado Mental Health Institute Fort Logan (CMHIFL) in Denver. If you are in need of mental health services, call 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or visit Colorado Crisis Services.

Information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Caring for our patients in a safe and healthy environment is our greatest concern and top priority. We have implemented CDC-recommended steps to reduce the potential for the virus to spread in our hospitals and have reviewed protocols around patient treatment groups and use of masks and other personal protective equipment with public health officials. This web page outlines what other CDC-recommended steps we are taking to reduce the potential for the virus to spread in our hospitals.

Treatment

The hospitals continue to deliver in-person treatment during this time with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended modifications and have ordered Chromebooks to deliver telehealth therapies.

Visitation Restrictions

Limited visitors are allowed, including attorneys, physicians and clergy or family in end-of-life situations. We understand that it is incredibly important for our patients to connect with loved ones. In lieu of visits, you are welcome to contact your family member or friend via phone or via written correspondence. We are also exploring video conferencing.

Facility Management

We have robust infection control protocols in place to handle infectious diseases at the hospitals, and we are dedicated to providing the best care and safety possible for you and our patients. The hospitals and our Division of Facilities Management (DFM) have been following these protocols to minimize any potential spread of the virus, including frequently cleaning between uses the spaces that are used by more than one individual, keeping distances when possible, tracking contact, and limiting contact across multiple units.

Screening Protocols

Each day, staff and anyone visiting the hospital, including vendors and contractors, is asked whether they:

1. Show any of the following symptoms: fever, coughing/sneezing, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose/congestion or muscle aches,
2. Were exposed to someone with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, and
3. Traveled to high-risk areas recently

If they respond yes to any question, they go through a more rigorous screening before determining if they can enter. Staff sign an attestation each day saying they are symptom-free.

Staff Health Procedures

Staff have been given guidance to engage in best practices for health and safety of themselves and patients, including:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water and use hand sanitizer in areas where soap and water are not available,
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, and use proper respiratory etiquette (i.e., cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough), and
  • Stay home if you are sick, have been exposed to COVID-19, or have a fever.
Critical Staffing

We know that this is a difficult time for our staff as well as our patients. Although Governor Polis has ordered non-critical workplaces to reduce their in-person staff by 50 percent, positions at the hospitals are critical to the continued operations of the facilities and therefore our staff must continue to work during this time if they are healthy and able. We very much appreciate our staff who are coming to work each day to provide outstanding care and are taking the precautions necessary to keep themselves and patients safe. We are regularly communicating with our staff about safety. In addition, some staff who do not regularly provide direct care services may be asked to back up critical personnel as people are on leave due to illness or otherwise. The entire staff of the Office of Behavioral Health is focused on ensuring that quality care continues during this time, and we are identifying how everyone can contribute to patient care with proper training and without compromising patient safety.

Please submit any questions or concerns via this form.

The Colorado Mental Health Institutes 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.