15 Mar Iris Eytan Quoted in Gazette Article, “Colorado Agrees to Overhaul System for Evaluating, Treating Mentally Incompetent Criminal Defendants”
March 15, 2019
Colorado must overhaul its evaluation and treatment of mentally incompetent criminal defendants under a watershed agreement announced Friday ending a yearslong legal battle over how to keep them from languishing in county jails.
The Colorado Department of Human Services agreed Friday to hire a cadre of new clinicians, tighten certain treatment deadlines and shift care for many criminal defendants from state psychiatric hospitals to community-based programs.
If it doesn’t, the state could face fines of up to $10 million a year — a new cudgel meant to ensure the state keeps its promises after it broke the terms of two previous settlements.