15 Mar Iris Eytan Quoted in Gazette Article, “Colorado Agrees to Overhaul System for Evaluating, Treating Mentally Incompetent Criminal Defendants”
Posted at 18:28h in Announcements
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.