The Behavioral Health Assistance Program (BHAP) is a collaboration between Community Justice Services and the Boulder County Jail. The aim of BHAP is to integrate efforts across systems to successfully address the mounting demands of a rising population of inmates who present with behavioral health needs. Where possible, BHAP will connect clients to existing behavioral health and substance use disorder services within Boulder County. Information about behavioral health service availability are collected, databased and then used by BPAH to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the larger service environment, develop strategies that fill identified gaps, and explore opportunities to modify existing policies and practices within Boulder County.
Eligible individuals include adults who come into contact with law enforcement, who have a high likelihood of serious mental illness, and high need for stabilizing services in the community. Eligibility is determined using evidenced based screening and assessment tools.
How it works
The Program assesses appropriate individuals based on likelihood of serious mental illness and provides supportive services, as well as identifying barriers or obstacles that may hinder their ability to engage in services. A Behavioral Health Navigator assists in engaging and connecting these individuals to community-based support services that will assist them in achieving stability in the community. The types of services that individuals may get connected with are:
- Mental Health Services and medications
- Housing, Education and Employment
- Food and Basic Needs
- Financial Stability
- Medical and dental care
- Veteran Services
- Support with legal requirements/compliance
For more information about the program, contact the BHAP Staff at BHAP@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-4697.