DENVER—Today, on the final day of the 2018 legislative session, Assistant Minority Leader Cole Wist (R-Centennial) passed legislation that establishes a crisis management program to help people transition from a 72-hour emergency or involuntary hold into appropriate treatment.

Specifically, Senate Bill 18-270, which passed both the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support, will coordinate referrals of high-risk individuals to transition specialists who can initiate services related to housing, program placement, access to behavioral health treatment or benefits, advocacy, and other supportive services.

“Mental health treatment following an emergency or involuntary hold is a critical component to preventing people in crisis from harming themselves or others,” said Wist. “This bill can save lives, make our communities safer, and will help citizens in crisis begin to take steps to regain control of their lives.”

In addition to the treatment referrals, the bill requires the Office of Behavioral Health, which will manage the program, to track and include the program’s performance in its respective state department’s annual legislative report.

Senate Bill 18-270 now heads to the governor’s desk and is expected to be signed into law.