Mental Health Diversion Program

Mental Health Diversion Program - MHDP

Program Description

The Mental Health Diversion Program (MHDP) is a pilot program funded by the State of Colorado Judicial Department. This diversion program is offered in partnership between the Boulder County Jail, Boulder County Community Justice Services, and the Boulder County District Attorney. A Behavioral Health Navigator from the Boulder County Community Justice Services office will be managing the care coordination and navigation of each client participating in the MHDP. The purpose of this program is to identify and divert individuals who have mental health concerns and who are charged with low-level criminal offenses from the criminal justice system into appropriate Mental Health and Social Services services/ resources. By connecting these individuals with the appropriate resources and services, we hope to prevent further contacts with the Justice system.

Eligibility/ Client Profile

Eligible individuals include adults who come into contact with law enforcement, who are assessed as being low risk for criminal risk, and high need for stabilizing services in the community. These individuals are assessed as having low-level, eligible charges that include: Non VRA Petty Offense cases, Non VRA Misdemeanor cases, Theft, Trespass, Misdemeanor Drug charges, Criminal Mischief, and Disorderly conduct

How it works

The Program assesses appropriate individuals based on risk and need as well as the current charge(s) 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 non-criminal justice services that will assist them in achieving stability in the community. The types of services that individuals may get connected with are:

  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services
  • Housing, Education and Employment
  • Food and Basic Needs

Contact Information:

For more information about the program, contact Marco Prospero, Clinical & Reentry Services Administrator at mprospero@bouldercounty.org, or 303-441-3664

Contact Us


Community Justice Services

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306


Boulder Location

1777 6th St.
Boulder, CO 80302
303-441-3690
303-441-4775 (fax)
Map & Directions
Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F


Longmont Location

1035 Kimbark St.
Longmont, CO 80501
303-682-6854
303-682-6858 (fax)
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Hours: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. / 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. M-F